Fit for royalty? This charming English country estate with links to Queen Victoria sure is. In fact, Her Majesty is rumored to have even planted a tree on the property. The sprawling Fulmer Gardens House, as the estate is known, is situated on over 10 idyllic acres in South Buckinghamshire, 20-some miles west of central London, and is asking a cool £4.95 million (or roughly $6.2 million).
On the market with Savills, the 13,000-square-foot spread was built sometime in the late 1800s, so it’s no surprise it comes with quite a storied past. The stately red-brick abode was originally the residence of Colonel the Hon. Sir Harry Legge from 1883 until he died in 1928. Sir Harry, a British soldier and courtier, became equerry to King Edward VII and later married Amy Gwendoline Lambart, the maid of honor to Queen Victoria. According to the listing, the royal family made frequent visits to the abode during this time.
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“Fulmer Gardens House is an architecturally and historically important country house, situated in some of the most stunning gardens, all within a short distance to London,” said Hugh Maconochie with Savills Country Department in a press statement. “Even today it is quite easy to imagine Queen Victoria and the Royal Family gracing the home’s impressive reception rooms, attending opulent dinners, and even planting trees in the glorious gardens.”
Surrounded by breathtaking formal gardens, a whopping 14 bedrooms and eight bathrooms are split between the main house and an adjacent two-bedroom guest cottage. Inside, the place is awash with tons of head-turning period details like soaring high ceilings with elaborate cornices, decorative wall and ceiling paneling, picture rails, parquet wood flooring, and ornate fireplaces.
On the ground floor, a grand reception hall opens to 10 exquisitely appointed reception rooms including a drawing room, a dining room, a library, a music room, a billiards room, and a kitchen. Elsewhere within the residence is another kitchen, a garden room, a breakfast room, and an additional dining room.
Rounding out the property are expansive grounds equipped with a swimming pool, a tennis court, and a stone-paved entertaining terrace surrounded by a low brick wall. The gardens are marked with pathways and lush lawns. Tree-planting plaques commemorate the royal visitors who walked the property.
“While the estate is no longer as large as it once was, Sir Harry’s dedication and enthusiasm for his garden is still very evident today,” Maconochie added. “Fulmer Gardens House’s formal gardens and grounds are a real feature of the property and provide an enchanting backdrop throughout the year.”
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