A historic English home at the center of an 18th-century plot to kidnap the king and stage a coup has hit the market for the first time in 25 years for £4 million (US$5.5 million).
The stately red-brick house, in the small village of Taplow, was built in 1705 for the 4th Lord Elibank and was eponymously dubbed Elibank House. The property later became the home of Alexander Murray, the lord’s son, who played a crucial role in a plot to kidnap King George II and other members of the royal family, in a scheme that came to bear the family name: The Elibank Plot.
Murray and his co-conspirators had planned to seize St. James’s Palace, open the gates of the Tower of London and smuggle the Royal Family to France—though Murray was supposedly more in favor of murdering the Royals then shipping them to the continent.
The kidnapping failed to materialize, and the plot has been dubbed a “fiasco” with a lack of financial support and cold feet on the part of the plotters. Details of the coup attempt were also revealed to the authorities by a spy named “Pickle,” according to accounts of the plan.
Today, the eight-bedroom home has “a sense of grandeur and occasion throughout the house and a wonderful sense of history,” said Andrew Russell, co-founder of The Country House Department, which bought the home to the market on Monday. “Yet the overriding feeling is one that this is a warm and comfortable house, ideally suited for family living.”
Myriad original period features remain in the more than 7,000-square-foot home, including paneled rooms, ornate fireplaces, cornicing, flooring, shutters and doors, according to the listing.
Since the owners—who Mansion Global couldn’t identify—acquired Elibank House 25 year ago, “the house has undergone a full renovation,” Mr. Russell said, which included the installation of a Queen Anne-period staircase, previously part of an English castle.
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