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A doll's house on a grand scale!

An opportunity to acquire a fine Cotswold manor house at a fraction of the price

A 1:12th scale model of one of the finest houses in the Cotswolds, the Listed Grade II Bourton House at Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire is to be sold at Chorley’s on Saturday 24th April, estimate  £2,000-3,000. 

This exquisite doll’s house was made in the 1980s by Ellie Yannas after the owners of Bourton House met her at the Chelsea Crafts Fair and challenged her to make a copy of the house as it was in 1985.  She took scaled measurements of the house, went back to her studio in South London and made it in three sections according to the construction of the house.  The doll’s house took almost seven years to complete.

The interior of the doll’s house replicates the inside of Bourton House and includes the magnificent staircase, trompe l’oeil murals, elegant wood panelled  rooms with fireplaces, flagged stone floors,  bathrooms and a even a fitted kitchen of the late 1980s. 

Commenting on the dolls house, the vendor said, ‘This was a whimsical thing to do at the time, life was flourishing and our challenge was to bring the house alive and to record it all with a scale model’.

Bourton House - Bourton on the HillBourton House - Bourton on the HillBourton House is Grade II Listed and was built in the early 18th century on the foundations of a late 16th century house.  The present house was reputedly commissioned by Edward Popham under the supervision of an unknown Warwick-based architect in about 1708.  The two-storey house is constructed of ashlar with a slate roof and comprises five bays with dormers and a parapetted stone roof.  At each end of the north and south facades a further bay projects, occupying the site of the former Jacobean floor plan.  The north and south facades have substantial Ionic pilasters supporting a central pediment with elegant semi-circular carriage steps leading to the main entrance door. 

Viewing days:  Thursday 22nd and  Friday 23rd April, 9am – 5pm and on the morning of sale from 8am – 11am. 

Sale commences at 11am on Saturday 24th April.

For further information please contact Thomas Jenner-Fust on 01452 344499 or

Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, GL4 8EX

Telephone 01452 344499

Source: IONA PR



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