A home in the U.K. that hosted Queen Victoria and the royal family has hit the market for £4.95 million (US$6.28 million).
Fulmer Gardens House, in the village of Fulmer in Buckinghamshire, dates to the late 1800s. The 10.5-acre estate was the longtime home of Col. Sir Henry Charles Legge, who was King Edward VII’s equerry—a title that historically refers to the senior attendant responsible for the horses.
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Legge’s wife, Amy Gwendoline Lambart, had a royal connection, too, having served as Queen Victoria’s maid of honor.
It was because of those relationships that the queen and her family “visited the house over a prolonged period of years,” according to Savills, which brought the property to the market earlier in November.
The 14-bedroom house retains all the grandeur of that bygone era over its more than 13,000 square feet, with characterful details including high ceilings with elaborate cornices, decorative wall and ceiling paneling, picture rails, parquet wood flooring and ornate period fireplaces.
It now requires a degree of renovation and modernization, according to the listing.
“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,” said Hugh Maconochie of Savills Country Department.
The formal gardens and grounds are home to a two-bedroom cottage, lawns, pathways, a tennis court and a swimming pool. But it’s the abundance specimen trees that are of particular note, according to Savills.
Legge created an arboretum at the home, planting numerous trees—many featuring plaques commemorating royal visits—with one thought to have been planted by Queen Victoria herself. The grounds were much larger during his tenure than now, and at one point was overseen by 15 gardeners, Savills said.
“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 said. “Fulmer Gardens House’s formal gardens and grounds are a real feature of the property and provide an enchanting backdrop, throughout the year.”
Mansion Global couldn’t determine who is selling the home, or how much it last changed hands for.