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Former manor House owned by royalty sells for £11million


The former ‘ghostly’ residence of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent has been sold for £11million. 

Nether Lypiatt Manor, which is near Stroud, was purchased by Prince Michael, the cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth, in 1981. 

The Prince and Princess sold the 10-bedroom Georgian house in 2005 after maintenance costs became too high. It was then purchased by Labour life peer Lord Drayson for £5.75million in 2006. 

Nether Lypiatt Manor in Thrupp is a 10-bedroom 18th century manor, sat in 96 acres of Cotswolds countryside.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent had admired Nether Lypiatt Manor for a number of years but when it came up for sale they felt the asking price was too high considering the amount of work the house needed.

However, rumours of the house being haunted discouraged potential buyers and the Kent’s eventually bought the house in 1981 for £300,000.

Nether Lypiatt Manor was built in 1698 by Judge Cox, a notorious hanging judge. Judge Cox’s son hanged himself in one of the rooms and it is his ghost that is rumoured to appear around the house.

The Judge’s treasured stallion and blacksmith are also claimed to have been seen rushing through the main gates to the grounds as the anniversary of their deaths approaches around January each year.

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