Nether Lypiatt Manor
Built in 1702–1705 by an unknown architect for Judge John Coxe, with one wing added in 1923, the small house forms a perfect square of 46 feet (14 m) on each side, with sash windows, tall chimneys, hipped roofs and gate piers and railings. It is a Grade I listed building and has been praised by architectural historian Mark Girouard as perfectly exemplifying the early eighteenth-century formal house in miniature. It comprises four floors, including a tall basement and an attic floor. Inside, much of the early eighteenth-century panelling survives, as do original stone fireplaces. A fine staircase runs from basement to attic. The garden designer Rosemary Verey worked on the gardens of Nether Lypiatt for Prince and Princess Michael.
There is a possibility that Nether Lypiatt Manor was the influence for the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The house, in 35 acres (14 ha) of grounds, has four reception rooms, eight bedrooms, and four bathrooms.
The grounds have recently been re-developed with a series of new gardens, including a refurbished traditional flower garden in keeping with the original arts and crafts backbone of vistas and hedges.
For many years the manor was used as a farmhouse. Before 1980, when it was bought by Prince and Princess Michael, it had been the home of the well-known harpsichordist Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, who lived there with her husband and three lovers.
Other members of the British Royal family also lived nearby to Prince and Princess Michael at Nether Lypiatt. Anne, Princess Royal lived at nearby Gatcombe Park, and Charles, Prince of Wales lived at Highgrove House near Tetbury.
In 2005 Nether Lypiatt Manor was put up for sale. The agent was originally asking for offers in excess of £6 million but by February 2006 this had been amended to £5.5 million. According to the Sunday Times it was purchased by the businessman and Labour Life Peer Lord Drayson for £5.75 million.
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- Nicholas Mander, Country Houses of the Cotswolds (Aurum Press, 2008)
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- "News In Brief: New home for Prince Michael", The Guardian, London, 8 Jan 1981.
- Prufrock column, The Sunday Times, 23 July 2006.