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Wentworth Woodhouse

If you have a spare £7m, Netherfield Hall could be yours!

Wentworth Woodhouse, as it is known off-screen, is based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and is the largest privately owned house in Europe. For Jane Austen fans, there is double the interest, as the house was not only used as the setting for Netherfield Hall in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice but is also thought to have inspired the book! Reading up about the history reveals why… the house once belonged to William 4th Earl Fitzwilliam and remained in the Fitzwilliam family until 1989, which makes the setting even more special for me, and hopefully you, now. Interestingly, the house is twice as wide as Buckingham Palace, so apparently Mr Bingley is better off than his friend, Mr Darcy, and the Queen! Who knew?

It is possible to take a tour of the house (see the website for details) even though it is for sale and let’s hope the new owner(s) keep it that way. I’m definitely adding it to my ‘to visit’ list – are you?

Thanks to Allan Harris for the excellent photo!