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Author Waugh's old home for sale
Piers Court
The oldest parts of Piers Court date back to the Elizabethan era
The mansion where author Evelyn Waugh penned some of his most popular work is up for sale for 2.75m.

The writer lived in Piers Court, in Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire, from 1937 to 1956, during which time he produced works including Brideshead Revisited.

The Grade II-listed building is surrounded by 23 acres of land.

Andrew Cronan, of agents FPD Savills, said: "All the people who have been interested in the property have been aware of Evelyn Waugh."

Mr Cronan said there had been interest from people in London, as well as those living in Monaco, France, Switzerland and the US.

Eight-bedroomed Piers Court is a Georgian mansion, but the oldest parts of the building date back to the Elizabethan era.

Library dismantled

But literature fans will not be able to purchase the library where Waugh wrote work such as Scoop and Men at Arms

It was dismantled under a previous owner and shipped to America for a museum.

The old library is now a drawing room.

Evelyn Waugh
Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited was made into a television series

Mr Cronan said so far potential purchasers had been more interested in the property itself, rather than its historical connections to Waugh.

"We have had a great deal of interest," he said.

"The main motivation has been from families who want to move to Gloucestershire and move away from London."

Waugh was born in London in 1903. He attended Oxford University but left without a degree.

After the success of his first novel, Decline and Fall in 1928, he went on to produce a number of popular works.

Perhaps the best known is Brideshead Revisited, which was made into a television series in 1981.

Waugh died in Somerset in 1966.



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