Downton Abbey home under the hammer

The cast of last year's Downton Abbey Christmas special
The cast of last year's Downton Abbey Christmas special
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Downton Abbey fans will be arranging urgent meetings with their mortgage advisors after Lady Violet Crawley’s stunning home was put on the market for £3.95 million.

Byfleet Manor is a historic and unique estate which pre-dates the Domesday Book and has been home to numerous members of royalty over the years.

But to many it is Dower House, home to Lady Violet Crawley, the acid-tongued Dowager played by Dame Maggie Smith.

For five years, Dame Maggie and the cast of the hit ITV show Downton Abbey have been filmed at the stunning 17th century mansion near Byfleet Surrey.

It has also been used in a number of other period dramas including Poirot and Cranford.

The 6,000 sq/ft house, which has eight bedrooms, four reception rooms and 18 acres of land, boasts stunning period features.

It is owned by businesswoman Julie Hutton, who has lived at the home for more than ten years.

She bought it for around £1 million and has renovated it while holding weddings and Downton-related events on the picturesque estate.

But it is now time for a new project and she has put Byfleet Manor up for sale with Savills for £3.95 million.

With the election over and the threat of mansion tax extinguished, wealthy homeowners are likely to flock back to the property market with Savills expecting a flurry of interest in Byfleet Manor.

Paul Finnegan, from Savills Country Department,said: “This is certainly an iconic home and its appeal will be far reaching.

“Just over 20 miles from the centre of London and 15 miles from Heathrow Airport, we’re expecting interest in the sale of the Byfleet Manor estate to come from all quarters, including international interest too.

“In the past 12 months we’ve seen an increase in the flow of London based buyers looking to move out to the country for larger homes with land, and this would make the perfect forever home for a growing family.”