That’s why aristocratic houses have wings

It seems that the secret suspicion that owning a castle could solve most of life’s problems is not as ridiculous as you might have been told (mostly by people who own castles and don’t want to give you theirs).

In 2011 the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk separated after nearly a quarter century of marriage, saying they had grown apart. The duke went to the east wing of Arundel Castle, the family seat, and she took up residence in the west wing.

So that each can entertain their separate lives after the production of the traditional heir and a spare.

8 thoughts on “That’s why aristocratic houses have wings”

  1. mostly by people who own castles and don’t want to give you theirs

    You can buy a chateau in France for the price of a 3-bed semi in Manchester. Have fun paying for the new roof and upkeep, though.

  2. Makes sense. When I got divorced we split the house into two flats. Much simpler and way more financially viable than selling and trying to buy two places for half the money each.

  3. Much simpler and way more financially viable than selling and trying to buy two places for half the money each.

    Normally it’s even simpler: the woman automatically gets the kids, and therefore she must be housed in accommodation no worse than what she is used to during the marriage, for which the husband must pay. And he can go and live in a cardboard box for all the divorce court cares.

  4. Tim Newman,

    Once you get past 5 bedrooms the rest is wasted. So the premium for 6 or 7 beds is tiny.

    Big houses are mostly redundant. All those rooms that were needed for cooks and servants aren’t needed now. Few people, even the super rich have more than 3 or 4 people.

    A lot of country houses are a burden. The people feel responsible for them as it was handed down, but a lot of them use a fraction of it.

  5. Bloke in North Dorset

    The simplest solution to the cost problem seems to be to give the building to the NT whilst being allowed to live in the best bits for free.

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