Your chance to buy Maggie Smith's real Downton Abbey home, Byfleet Manor
PUBLISHED: 15:28 12 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:18 12 July 2015
It's not often you can buy an icon from a hit TV series, but now a Byfleet property that's played a prime role in the hugely popular Downton Abbey could be yours
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2015
The Manor House
Byfleet KT14 7RS
Best-known as the residence of Maggie Smith’s character in Downton Abbey, Lady Violet Crawley, Byfleet Manor could be yours – if, that is, you’ve got a spare £3.95 million to meet the guide price.
A beautiful and unique eight-bedroom, Grade II* listed home, this distinguished property has assumed the role of Lady Violet’s dower house since 2010 and comes complete with four reception rooms, eight bedrooms and around 19 acres.
The property’s starring role followed on from appearances in other well known period dramas, Poirot and Cranford, and it has since appeared as Cinderella’s home in Into the Woods.
The history of Byfleet Manor extends as far back as the 7th century and is first recorded in 1086 in the Domesday Book, when reference was made to Byfleet having a manor.
While fictionally known for its aristocratic connections, by 1307 the estate had been owned by the Crown for over 300 years, during which time several royal figures lived at, gifted, destroyed and rebuilt the house.
Henry VIII is said to have spent stints of his childhood at Byfleet before granting it to Katherine of Aragon as part of her divorce settlement.
Byfleet Manor as it stands today was built in around 1686, though many details of the earlier structure were incorporated, including the heavy timber staircase and several fireplaces.
As well as Byfleet Manor itself, there are a further four lots available to buy, including three additional residential dwellings and a development plot.
• On the market with Savills Weybridge. For more information, call 01932 838000