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You may not ever live in Buckingham Palace, but this is a close second

If you have given up your hopes of spending a night or two at Buckingham Palace, there is no reason to despair. You can now own something not too dissimilar.

Hinwick House; the 300-year-old house that is modeled on the Queen’s official residence is now up for sale at £14,500,000 only. It is a snatch considering that the owners’ justification for selling is because the house is too far from their daughters’ school.

Located in Podington, north Bedfordshire, the Grade I listed property was transformed by Richard Orlebar and his wife Diana Astry, who bought a single dwelling from Sir Thomas Alston in 1653 for £355. It took four years (1710-1714) and £3,848 to turn the manor house into an icon of ornamental stonework.

In the 1880s, the house became a school, and during the First World War, it was used as a Voluntary Aid Detachment Convalescent Hospital for wounded soldiers.

Over nearly three centuries, the residence has changed hands four times only. The current owners, Sam and Nina Singh, purchased the house in 2014 for £4.5 million and decided to start an extensive multi-million renovation. Two years on, Hinwick House returns to the market.

Mr Singh was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying, “We loved the place. We felt it had not been loved in a long, long time. It was nowhere near what it could have been; it was a tragedy.”

The three-storey country house, now listed on House Simple, has 20 bedrooms. It consists of the Queen Anne Main House, the Victorian Wing with its extension, the Great Hall, the Stables and three Turret Cottages. To the south west, there are two ornamental lakes. In total, the property extends to 37 acres.

If you fancy being the fifth owner of this historical house and have no problem with distance to school, you can now submit your bid to buy Hinwick House here.