Relocation, relocation, relocation! Kirstie Allsopp's auctioneer father, 83, is selling his £6.5 million riverfront mansion described as 'one of Dorset's most delightful country houses'

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  • The five-bed Lyddon House sits in almost 48 acres of gardens and grounds

Kirstie Allsopp’s father has put his stunning £6.5m riverfront mansion on the market – just months after his presenter daughter called for pensioners to be paid to downsize to smaller homes.

Lord Hindlip, 83, a former chairman of Christie’s auctioneers, is selling the 5,660sq ft property – described as ‘one of Dorset’s most delightful country houses’ – which sits in almost 48 acres of formal gardens and grounds.

Lyddon House boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, four reception rooms and amenities including a swimming pool, sauna and home office.

A converted mill that now serves as a self-sufficient guest cottage is also on site, with frontage to the River Lydden, near Sherborne.

It comes after the Location Location Location star said the current rate of stamp duty is putting off elderly people from making the final move, even though it might help them be cared for in later life.

Described as 'one of Dorset's most delightful country houses', the 5,660sq ft main property stands in almost 48 acres of exquisite formal gardens and grounds

Described as ‘one of Dorset’s most delightful country houses’, the 5,660sq ft main property stands in almost 48 acres of exquisite formal gardens and grounds

A drawing room in the impressive property. The house is said to have an impressive kitchen, with windows on three sides overlooking the garden

A drawing room in the impressive property. The house is said to have an impressive kitchen, with windows on three sides overlooking the garden

The property in Dorset boasts a number of impressive amenities, including a swimming pool

The property in Dorset boasts a number of impressive amenities, including a swimming pool

Kirstie's father, Charles Allsopp, the 6th Lord Hindlip, lived there with Kirstie's beloved mother, Fiona, a talented interior designer, who died in 2014 aged 66, after battling breast cancer for 25 years

Kirstie’s father, Charles Allsopp, the 6th Lord Hindlip, lived there with Kirstie’s beloved mother, Fiona, a talented interior designer, who died in 2014 aged 66, after battling breast cancer for 25 years

Currently a pensioner selling a family home at £700,000 to buy at £500,000 would face a £15,000 stamp duty bill.

TV favourite Kirstie, who turned 52 on Thursday, is among those to call to reform the system so that larger houses can be freed up for younger families who need the space.

READ MORE: EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Kirstie Allsopp’s auctioneer father, 83, has put his family home up for sale for a whopping £6.5 million

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Speaking of the property, she told the Mail: ‘They always wanted a house with water, and when Lyddon House came on the market, they jumped at the chance to buy it.’

Her father, Charles Allsopp, the 6th Lord Hindlip, lived there with Kirstie’s beloved mother, Fiona, a talented interior designer, who died in 2014 aged 66, after battling breast cancer for 25 years.

A childhood friend of Queen Camilla, Fiona had wanted to be buried in her garden. ‘When she was alive, her grave was dug so it was all ready,’ Kirstie explained after her mother’s death. 

‘She wanted to be near Benji, our old pony’s grave. Last year, towards the end when there was flooding and the house was surrounded by water, the hole became a plunge pool. Now there’s an urn and a pillar.’

The Queen is godmother to Kirstie’s brother, art dealer Henry Allsopp, and she attended his wedding in 2012 to Naomi Gummer, daughter of David Cameron’s close associate Lord Chadlington.

The house is said to have an impressive kitchen, with windows on three sides overlooking the garden. Upstairs are four double bedrooms, each of which has its own bathroom and views over the surrounding countryside.

The property also includes a converted, four-bedroom mill house and two-bedroom flat above the garage. There is a swimming pool, as well as lakes and a mill pond.

Eton-educated Lord Hindlip wielded the gavel in the 1997 auction of Princess Diana’s dresses, which raised £2.8million for charity, two months before her death. 

He also conducted the 1987 sale of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for £24.75million, which ushered in an era of stratospheric art sales.

Diana, Princess of Wales arriving at Christie's auction house in New York with Lord Hindlip in 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales arriving at Christie’s auction house in New York with Lord Hindlip in 1997

Kirstie Allsopp called earlier this year for pensioners to be paid to downsize to smaller homes

Kirstie Allsopp called earlier this year for pensioners to be paid to downsize to smaller homes

Speaking about the tax earlier this year, Kirstie told the Difficult Women podcast: ‘You can fiddle around with stamp duty, it definitely doesn’t work. 

‘The thing about it is, there’s all sorts of things I’d do with stamp duty.

‘I think the number one thing that is the problem with stamp duty, is it discourages people from making that final move.

‘So, older people say ‘ah I’m 70, I’m not going to downsize because I’m not going to spend this amount’.’

Asked by podcast host Rachel Johnson if they should be paid to downsize and not charged, she said: ‘Exactly.

‘That’s my problem with stamp duty, I think it prevents older people from making the final move which will make their life easier, which will make their caring more easy.’

Government legislation states you must pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) if you buy a property or land over a certain price in England and Northern Ireland.

Currently, the threshold applies to all residential properties valued at £250,000 or more.




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