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Country house once owned by Coutts scion up for sale at £1.75m
16/03/2017 , Cityfly

A country house in Kent which once belonged to a philanthropic Victorian heiress Angela Burdett-Coutts , a controversial member of the banking family, has been put on the market for £1.75 million.

Ms Burdett-Coutts, reputed to have been the richest woman in Britain of her time, bought the 16th century Ingleden Park after inheriting the £1.8 million fortune of her grandfather Thomas Coutts, a founder of private bank Coutts.

She dedicated her life to charity, giving away around £4 million - the equivalent of around £450 million today - over her lifetime.

The main thrust of her generosity was on improving the lives of the poor, which led to her developing relationships with Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale.

In 1871 Queen Victoria, with whom Ms Coutts is said to have dined with on many occasions, made her Baroness Burdett-Coutts.

While she lived at Ingleden Park, Ms Coutts married her American secretary, who was 40 years her junior. Queen Victoria objected.  He changed his name to Burdett-Coutts and went on to become a member of parliament

She was a great friend of both Charles Dickens and the Duke of Wellington, and she once proposed to the Duke despite the large difference in their ages.

Following the marriage, the partners of Coutts distanced themselves from the heiress and said she could no longer touch capital. A dispute with her sister, Clara, who claimed the fortune, also broke out. A majority of the money later went to Clara, but Angela kept two fifths of the bank's income until her death in 1906.

The baroness' Grade II house is listed, has 16 acres of land.  It is being sold through estate agents Strutt & Parker.

The current owners have been at the house for ten years but their children have grown up and so they're looking to downsize.

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