Distinctly Downton: Offices with Aristocratic Airs
You might not be able to live like the lord or lady of the manor but working in a Downton-like environment could be well within your reach (and we donΓÇÖt mean the kitchens). We take a look at office space in some fantastic former stately homesΓÇª *Butler not included.
1. Parkland and parasols in Essex
This grand house was once a social whirl of politicians, poets and philanthropists, the great and good of the British Empire and beyond. Unsurprising, considering that the lady of the house was one of Queen VictoriaΓÇÖs god-daughters.
The house is still set within ten acres of parkland, giving businesses based here today the chance to take a turn around the grounds. Time to put up your parasol perhaps?
2. The grandest of all mansions in Didsbury
Once described as ΓÇ£the grandest of all Manchester mansionsΓÇ¥, this gothic-style building is just the sort of house Lord GranthamΓÇÖs parents would have built. In fact, it was actually built for the owner of the Manchester Guardian (today just The Guardian), Edward Taylor. But while the building took almost five years to complete, Taylor lived in it for just two years before selling.
Local rumour said that the house had twelve towers, fifty-two rooms and three hundred and sixty-five windows. Fortunately, if you take up serviced office space here today, the office management team will make sure all those windows are kept clean.
3. In the steps of Churchill in Corsham
At the turn of the twentieth century this house entertained guests including prime ministers Asquith and Churchill, and HRH Prince Arthur. As well as making the most of the hospitality the house had to offer, these prestigious guests took strolls in the landscaped gardens, and admired the pineapples growing in the hothouse.
Today, the buildingΓÇÖs owners have given the estate a new lease of life as serviced office space, creating a new but equally thriving community which should keep the historic property going for many years to come.
4. Cherubs and charm in Cheshire
Another eighteenth-century gem, this Grade II listed building still retains many of its original features, including sash windows and high ceilings. YouΓÇÖll even discover a stone fountain in the form of a cherub.
Today, offices can be found over three floors of this building, giving tenants the opportunity to enjoy some beautiful surroundings ΓÇô both inside and out ΓÇô while they work.
5. A fine inheritance in Knutsford
What you might call the family pile, this property was passed down through generations of the Legh family for more than six hundred years. The building which stands here today was built during the eighteenth century, replacing a much older moated timber-framed structure. The house and grounds were finally sold out of the family during the First World War.
Today, the house itself is home to flexible office space, while the grounds have also been transformed into a modern business park. ItΓÇÖs an effective fusion of modern business community and historic setting, where youΓÇÖll find state-of-the-art meeting rooms with marble fireplaces and elegant cornicing.
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