Burden Court – A Piece of British History

Believed to have been part of the estate belonging to Sir Matthew Hale (1609-76) Lord Chief Justice, Burden Court is an exquisite Grade II* listed 17th century farmhouse that has changed little structurally over the centuries, boasting original stone fireplaces, mullion windows and oak beams throughout. Of particular note are the massive inglenook fireplace in the family dining room and stunning stone fireplaces in the drawing room and main bedroom, originally the ‘solar’ for the master of the house.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the historic Monarch’s Way walk with panoramic views from nearly every room, this stunning cross passage farmhouse was home to the celebrated writer Frances Donaldson, best known for her award-winning biography of King Edward VIII upon which the television series Edward and Mrs Simpson was based.  The many happy years she spent at Burden Court with her husband Lord Donaldson from the end of World War II until the 1960s feature heavily in her autobiography A 20th Century Life. During her time here, she also wrote a warmly received biography of her father, the playwright and society bon viveur Frederick Lonsdale.

Today Burden Court offers beautifully presented accommodation extending in all to approximately 4500sq ft whilst externally the extensive grounds include attractive walled gardens with far-reaching views and a paddock of about an acre. The property includes ownership of a private driveway and courtyard over which neighbouring houses have access. This could, with the necessary consents, be incorporated within the rear garden for construction of a garage.



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