Oxfordshire Moated House to Be Bought by Boris Johnson

3 February 2024
Oxfordshire Moated House

There is a guest cottage and tennis court at the manor, which dates back to 1605. Sources with knowledge of the deal say former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will spend £3.8 million (US$4.6 million) on the purchase of a historic country mansion Oxfordshire Moated House. 

A 400-year-old house with a moat in Oxfordshire has been exchanged contracts, and the deal should be finalized soon.

The Country House Department, listing agency for Brightwell Manor, asked for offers over £4 million for the property. They declined to comment through a representative.

Built by King Stephen

History abounds at this property. According to local legend, King Stephen built a moated castle on this site in the 1150s, and the current house dates from 1605, with the moat still surrounding it on three sides.

When the manor built its house, it was taller than the local church, but it was considered bad form. Mansion Global previously reported that the family who built it also added a red-brick tower to St. Agatha’s Church, which reached just above the facade. 

Nine Bedroom Home

According to the listing, the nine-bedroom home was last sold in 1971 as a “superb family home with flexible living accommodations.” We were unable to find out who is selling the house or how much it was sold for. 

Following the so-called “partygate” scandal, Johnson resigned as prime minister last year. However, he remains a member of parliament. A request for comment was not immediately returned. 

High ceilings, large sash windows and shutters, wood paneling, ornate cornicing, open fireplaces, and flagstone floors are all hallmarks of the property’s period charm. A neo-romantic mural painted by George Warner Allen is particularly noteworthy, according to the listing.

Brightwell Manor’s grounds include a tennis court, stables, a double garage, and a guest cottage built in 1849. A large pond, a walled garden, mature trees, including a chestnut tree planted using a conker from Windsor’s Royal Mile, and fruit trees are also included, according to the listing. 

A 30-minute drive from Oxford, where Mr. Johnson studied Classics at Oxford University, and 90 minutes from central London, the Oxfordshire Moated House is located in the charming village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, making the politician’s commute to the Houses of Parliament manageable.

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