Winds of change in the Cotswolds
The country-house market in this AONB is blowing up a storm
TRANSLATED into property terms, the current level of activity in the Cotswolds country-house market is probably the equivalent of a wind force of 4—‘a moderate breeze’ on the Beaufort scale. However, according to the Beaufort Hunt scale, which measures social standing in terms of skill and daring across country, the acquisition of either of two prestigious houses in the heart of the duke of Beaufort’s country could raise the profile of a new owner to at least a force 8, the equivalent of a gale in wind-speed terms.
Today’s Cotswolds number of Country Life sees the launch onto the market, for the first time in 70 years, of Grade Ii*-listed Luckington Court at Luckington, two miles from Badminton, through the Cirencester office of Strutt & Parker (01285 653101) at a guide price of £9 million.
As selling agent Sam Trounson observes, it’s rare indeed to find a fine, early-18thcentury house with land in the Cotswolds these days and Luckington Court sits beautifully in its 156 acres next to the church on the edge of the village. running through the estate is the fledgling Bristol Avon fed by seasonal springs in the valley below, of
Above and below: Luckington Manor featured in the BBC’S Pride and Prejudice and has returned to the market after 70 years. £9m