Inside a Jaguar cofounder’s former home has barely been touched for 30 years


The former Wappenbury, England, estate of Sir William Lyons — who cofounded Jaguar Cars with William Walmsley in 1922 — is up for sale for $9.8 million.

Lyons died in 1985, and although its current owners, Godfrey and Marie Hall, didn’t buy the property until 2007, they recently told the Wall Street Journal, “The layout of the house is exactly the same as when Sir William had it, as it was in very good condition when we bought it. All we’ve done is upgrade some of the fittings and put in new bathroom suites.”

Let’s take a look inside the 329-acre estate, which has luxurious carpeting, decadent drapes, and dark wood paneling.

The property, measuring at 329.47 acres, is made up of five different lots only half an hour from the Jaguar factory. Lyons would have every prototype delivered to the house so that he could get his wife Greta’s final opinion before production.


A swimming pool, two tennis courts, formal gardens, and green houses surround the home.


The 12,195-square-foot country house dates back to late Victorian era.


The front door leads guests into a oak-paneled reception hall. The first floor includes a drawing room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, music room, games room, office, utility, two restrooms, two cellars, and a boot room.


The open kitchen houses an island and ample sunlight.


Gilded plaster work lines the ceiling of the dining room.


The game room can fit an air hockey table, pool table, and foosball table.


The music room is a rich peach color.


The spacious living room has large windows that face out to the garden.


The second floor houses the master bedroom suite, eight other bedrooms, and four bathrooms.


There’s also a third floor that has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.


Sun-drenched nooks can be found in various parts of the estate.


The bathroom suites are some of the few parts of the home that the Hall family upgraded.


In total there are nine bedrooms in Wappenbury Hall, in addition to a three-bedroom cottage also on the property.