Huge South Yorkshire stately home sold to Hong Kong-based investment company

Wentworth Woodhouse has gone on the market for �8million
Wentworth Woodhouse has gone on the market for �8million
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A large stately home in South Yorkshire is due to be sold to a Hong Kong-based investment firm.

Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, is twice as wide as Buckingham Palace and formerly owned by the aristocrat who inspired Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy.

It boasts five miles of corridors, is 150 times the size of your average home and has an estimated 365 rooms - but is so vast nobody knows the exact number.

It has been on the market since May with an £8million price tag.

Estate agents Savills said it had agreed a sale with Lake House Group but would not disclose the selling price.

The exchange and completion is due to take place shortly.

A spokesman on behalf of Lake House Group said: “We are delighted to be involved with the purchase of Wentworth Woodhouse.

“It is our hope that we can work with some of the organisations which have also shown an interest in the property in order to save and preserve this magnificent historic house.”

Last year, Save Britain’s Heritage and its partners formed the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust to take over the house in agreement with its current owners to try to raise the funds needed for the repair work to go ahead.

But following the death of owner Clifford Newbold in April, his family made the “reluctant decision” to sell the property.