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Surreal estate: Robin Hood's hideout

Published: Jul 9, 2018 03:12:43 PM IST
Updated: Jul 9, 2018 03:14:59 PM IST

Surreal estate: Robin Hood's hideoutFountain Dale House

Plenty of country homes claim to have a storybook setting, but one 18th-century English manor comes with a library full of literary legacy. Legend has it Robin Hood first met Friar Tuck behind Fountain Dale House, this 12-bedroom, 8-bathroom property in Nottinghamshire, England, now listed for about $2.4 million. In addition to acquiring ten merry acres near Sherwood Forest, the new owner will get a 6,000-square-foot main house and 2,300-square-foot guesthouse, both listed on the UK’s registry of historic buildings. Robin Hood isn’t the only literary hero connected to the residence: Sir Walter Scott wrote parts of Ivanhoe here, and Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, mentioned Fountain Dale in his Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey.

(This story appears in the 20 July, 2018 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)