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Stowe House : Buckinghamshire Mansion

Historic Building, Buckinghamshire, southern England, UK

18 Jun 2007

Stowe House Buckinghamshire

Dates built – various: 1677–1683 ; 1720–1733 ; 1740–1760 ; 1770–1779

Address: New Inn Farm, Buckingham MK18 5EQ, United Kingdom

Stowe House Buckinghamshire mansion England UK

Building renewal: Purcell Miller Tritton

Work by Vanbrugh, Adam, Gibbs, Kent and Soane.

This large historic property is a Grade I listed country house located in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England. It is the home of Stowe School, an independent school and is owned by the Stowe House Preservation Trust who have to date (March 2013) spent more than £25m on the restoration of the house.

Stowe House Buckinghamshire building interior with dome

The gardens (known as Stowe Landscape Gardens), a significant example of the English garden style, along with part of the Park, passed into the ownership of The National Trust in 1989 and are open to the public. The house is open to the public on 280 days a year with tours during the school holidays, and during term time. The parkland surrounding the gardens is open 365 days a year. National Trust members have free access to the gardens but there is a charge for all visitors to the house which goes towards the costs of restoring the building.

The house contains over 400 rooms.

In 2002 the World Monuments Fund placed Stowe House on its List of Most Endangered Sites. The school had done its best to keep the house in good repair, including re-roofing the State Dining Room in 1990, repair of the north elevation of the West Pavilion in 1992 and the repair of the Marble Saloon’s oculus skylight in 1994. On taking over ownership of the house in 1997, the Stowe House Preservation Trust commissioned a survey in order to scope the problem and come up with a restoration plan. The result was a six-phase plan, starting with the most urgent work. The estimated cost in 2002 for all six phases was nearly £40 million.

Building information from Purcell Miller Tritton via Barlow Frith Communications 18 Jun 2007

Source: Stowe House in Buckinghamshire

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