Piers Court to be Sold at Auction

Real estate agents Knight, Frank have announced the sale by auction of Evelyn Waugh’s former home at Stinchcombe, Dursley, Gloucestershire. The sale will take place online on 15 December 2022. Details and contact information are available from the website of Knight, Frank and a link to the website of the auctioneers Allsop is copied below. Excerpts of the house description and sale procedures from Knight, Frank refer to an:

“8 bedroom house for sale in Piers Court, Stinchcombe, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11: 23.58 acres

Offers in excess of  £2,500,000.

Unless sold prior to or withdrawn Piers Court will be for sale by Auction on Thursday 15th December 2022–On the instruction of the joint fixed charged receiver.

The property has not been visited by the selling agents since 2019. All images dated 2018. It is NOT possible to view the property.


Perhaps best known for being the home of author Evelyn Waugh, Piers Court has many historical connections. It was used for royalists during the Civil War. In 1640 the local wealthy mill owning Pynffold family acquired Piers Court where they remained for 150 yrs. After the fall of Bristol, it is thought that Piers Court was ransacked by parliamentarian troops while searching for Prince Rupert, the King’s cousin. In the nineteenth century Piers Court saw little change until 1937 whenEvelyn Waugh was given the property by his parents in law. [Emphasis supplied.]

This Grade II* listed Georgian manor house is approached up a long drive. Piers Court is nestled in its extensive grounds enjoying views over its own land. Once described by Pevsner as a ‘dignified and elegant house’, Piers Court displays a classical 18th century façade with the central crowning pediment bearing a coat of arms which is supported upon enriched pilasters. Piers Court has not been inspected since early 2019 when purchased by the current owners. The property at the time was extremely well presented and benefits from both an imposing, formal layout ideal for entertaining, yet to the rear of the property lies a more homely arrangement of rooms ideal for family

The front door opens into a classical Georgian hall with a flagstone floor and cantilever staircase. Off the main entrance hall was the formal drawing room and library, both of which provided the grandeur that would be expected of a Georgian manor house. On the west side of the library was a large bay window.The drawing room looked to the front of the house and down a copper beech avenue.The Elizabethan rear of the house, had slightly less formal rooms. The kitchen had a range of traditional wooden cabinets and a terra cotta tiled floor. The wine cellar comprised two rooms and wine bins.A self-contained staff wing lead from the kitchen.

The first floor offered the primary accommodation with an en-suite master bedroom with south westerly views of the parkland. There were four further bedrooms on this floor, all of which had en-suite.The second floor had three spacious double bedrooms which would be ideal for guests. Servicing these bedrooms was a family bathroom. It
is from this floor that a large attic space was accessed which provided
storage space.

Positioned close to the house is the stunning William and Mary coach house
which is a Grade II listed building. In 2019 it provided 5 loose boxes and an
office/tack room on the ground floor and an upper floor with a loft and a
dovecote. The nearby mews, constructed in 1987 of stone elevations, had a
two bedroom apartment on the first floor with 5 five garages on the ground
floor. There were 6 loose boxes / garden stores with in the grounds.

Garden and Grounds
The front garden was lawned with a circular clipped yew. There was a croquet lawn and tennis court and many other garden components. The park was pasture with parkland trees including horse chestnut, lime, oak and copper beech. Lying to the south of the parkland were further grass paddocks. A footpath crosses part of the land to the west of the house.

It is NOT possible to view the property. The photographs [available on Knight, Frank website linked above] are from historic marketing in 2018. The vendors agents are able to discuss the property from historic viewings.

To access legal pack, go to www.Allsop.co.uk

Tenure: The property is occupied under a Common Law Tenancy at a rent of £250 per annum. A Notice To Quit has been served on the occupant on 19 August 2022 and a copy of such notice was affixed to the property gate on 22 August 2022. A prospective purchaser should take their own legal advice regarding this.”

The auctioneers Allsop advise that pre-registration is required in order to bid. Their terms and and procedures as well as a detailed description of the property with photos may be visited and downloaded at this link.



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