Emily Prescott

Why are Americans buying up our castles?

It's hard to put a price on a slice of aristocracy

  • From Spectator Life
The Duchess of Rutland, who owns Belvoir Castle, has set up American Friends of Belvoir Castle to raise cash for its upkeep [Alamy]

You might think someone who grew up in the 356-room Belvoir Castle wouldn’t be too worried by a traffic fine. But when Lady Eliza Manners was caught speeding, she avoided paying off the full £100 ticket by claiming ‘financial hardship’. And apparently she’s not the only budget-conscious occupant of the Leicestershire property.

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