Stowey Court, a country house set in 9 acres in the village of Nether Stowey, near Bridgewater, in Somerset, is up for sale. It’s famous for Winston Churchill putting his cigars out in the iconic fireplace.
The house dates back to the 15th Century, when Lord Audley commissioned what was then a grand country pile. Relative commoner Mike and Viv Haynes took on the ambitious project of restoring the house in 1995,
“The agent’s pamphlet just had a photo of the outside,” recalls Viv Haynes. “When we saw inside we understood why; it was definitely ‘unloved’. There was an industrial kitchen area with big steel pipelines, ugly fire doors to all the bed rooms, false ceilings and plasterboard covering all the original functions, and the trainees had been playing football in the hallways.”
“It was terrific turning up the drive through the 15th-century stone archway and seeing your home in its beautiful setting next to the church. We truly wished to bring this location back to life.”
They got the property for a snip, at $250,000 ($300,000) and they set to work restoring the iconic property. They did most of the work themselves.
The property was structurally sound, but a shabby mess inside, so they got it for a snip at around $300,000 and the couple and their eight-year-old twins moved into the historic residence and set to work.
“We always desired live in a house we could not manage,”jokes Mike. “When your house is three storeys and covers 9,000 sq ft, that’s a lot of work.”
It has paid off, though, as the couple have now put the house up for sale for £1.3 million, which is more than $1.6 million in American money.
Buy it, and you’ll get a slice of history, as well as the house where WInston Churchill famously spent time and stubbed his Davidoff cigars out in the fireplace. Is it worth it? That’s up to you!
Source: The Telegraph