Want to live like Lizzie Bennet? The English country manor from the 1995 BBC miniseries Pride & Prejudice is for sale for the first time in 70 years.
Luckington Court is a Grade II-listed property located in the southern Cotswolds, a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty", and is in the northwest part of the county of Wiltshire. The building served as Longbourne, the Bennet family home in BBC's hugely popular adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel starring Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.
Though that's certainly recent history, compared to the property itself. Records state that the site held a manor house belonging to King Harold as far back as 1066. The current house dates back to the early 17th century, when it was "built around a 16th-century, or earlier, core by the Fitzherbert family, wealthy merchants from Bristol, who bought Luckington in 1632 and owned the estate until the early 1800s," according to Country Life.
Luckington Court comes with 156 acres surrounding the property that boasts "beautifully maintained gardens, paddocks, pasture and woodland with frontage to the River Avon." The house has 9,600 square feet, including six reception rooms, seven main bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an annex.
And if I've learned anything from binge watching Escape to the Country on Netflix, it's that you can hardly call something an English country estate without a collection of outbuildings, and Luckington has them in the form of traditional stables, cottages, and several modern farm buildings.
"Everyone expects a house that has been owned by the same family for 70 years to be covered in cobwebs, but that is certainly not the case at Luckington," said June Pollock, who set about renovating and modernizing the property after her mother's death in 2003.
The property is listed with Strutt & Parker for £9 million.