24 Room Dolls House Auction

The 1:12th scale model of Grade-II listed Bourton House at Bourton-on-the-Hill is to be auctioned on on 24 April at a Chorley’s auction at Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire.

Iona Sale, from Chorley’s auction house, said: “It is an opportunity to acquire a Cotswold manor house for a fraction of the price.

“It could appeal to dolls’ house lovers but we are talking about a big piece of furniture here.

“You need a big area to position it. It is just a wonderful, whimsical thing to have.”

Bourton House itself was rebuilt as a foursquare Jacobean house by the eminent lawyer, Sir Nicholas Overbury in 1598. At the beginning of the 18th century, the unfashionable house was once again rebuilt on the earlier footprint by Alexander Popham, the grandson of a Cromwellian general. The house was taken down to its lower ground floor, the whimsical towers retained, the slits replaced by generous Georgian sash windows. The architect remains unknown.