Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s ancestral home hits the market

Robert E. Lee and Coton Hall (credit: Wiki Commons and Savills)
Robert E. Lee and Coton Hall (credit: Wiki Commons and Savills)

 

The English ancestral home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee has hit the market for £2.25 million ($2.8 million).

Coton Hall in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, was the long-time home of the Lee family, which –beyond the famed general — can count signers the Declaration of Independence, governors, and a president amongst their ranks.

The family has lived on the grounds of Coton Hall since the 1300s and the last member of the family to live there was Harry Lee, who died in 1821, reports the Daily Mail. The house passed out of the Lee family at  that time.

The house was extended in about 1860 when a new wing and Italianate tower were added but the house has reportedly survived well with plenty of original features remaining. Now there’s eight bedrooms, a drawing room, a library, a ballroom and a wine cellar.

The house sits on 6.3 acres, which hold a walled garden and outdoor heated swimming pool, and the picturesque ruins of Coton Chapel, which dates back to Saxon times.

Tony Morris-Eyton of Savills has the listing.

[Daily Mail]