Brideshead Revisited author’s £2.5m Cotswold mansion goes up for sale

Homes Under the Hammer: A look at Lincolnshire property

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Piers Court boasts eight-bedroom and six bathrooms and is on the market for £40,000 less than the property went for just four years ago. Located in the small Gloucestershire village of Stinchcombe near Dursley the impressive home is where Waugh worked on the much-celebrated novel Brideshead Revisited. 

How the sprawling property has faired since Waugh lived there is unclear however as the current residents have refused to show prospective buyers around or even allowed estate agents to have a look.

The current occupants are said to be forking out a rent of £250-a-year for Piers Court which sits an equal distance from both Bristol and Cheltenham. 

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Alongside Brideshead Revisited, Waugh also penned other works within the walls of Piers Courts including Officers and Gentlemen, and Men at Arms.

The couple were known to host lavish dinner parties at Piers Court for friends, writers, and upper-class socialites.

Waugh’s feelings towards Piers Court seemed to sour in 1955 after two Daily Express reporters gate-crashed in a bungled attempt to meet their “favourite idol”.

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In his diary entry for the day Waugh penned: “I sent them away and remained tremulous with rage all the evening.”

On 22 June his diary simply adds: “And all next day.”

He is reported to have told estate agent Knight Frank of his wish to sell the property with the words “I felt as if the house had been polluted”.

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In the end, Piers Court was sold for £10,000 and the property would go on to change hands in 2019 for £2.9million.

The home goes under the hammer on 15 December.

Auctioneers have warned potential bidders: “The property is occupied under a Common Law Tenancy at a rent of £250 per annum.

“A notice to quit was served on the occupant on 19 August 2022 and a copy of such notice was affixed to the property gate on 22 August 2022. Prospective purchasers should take their own legal advice regarding this and will be deemed to bid accordingly.”

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