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Nether Lypiatt Manor
Nether Lypiatt Manor
Nether Lypiatt Manor is near Stroud in the Cotswolds
Photo courtesy of John Wilkes (Gloucs Photo Library)

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have lived at Nether Lypiatt Manor since 1981. Their home's ghostly reputation didn't shake the Princess.
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+Prince Michael gave up his right to the throne in 1978 when he married the Roman Catholic Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz of Bohemia.

+ They have two children, Lord Frederick Windsor, born in 1979; and Lady Gabriella Windsor, born in 1981.

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Tales of ghosts in a Gloucestershire mansion helped a royal couple buy the home of their dreams.

Prince Michael of kent
Born July 4, 1942 the Prince was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent had admired Nether Lypiatt Manor for a number of years but when it came up for sale they felt the asking price was too high considering the amount of work the house needed.

However, rumours of the house being haunted discouraged potential buyers and the Kent's eventually bought the house in 1981 for £300,000.

Nether Lypiatt Manor was built in 1698 by Judge Cox, a notorious hanging judge. Judge Cox's son hanged himself in one of the rooms and it is his ghost that is rumoured to appear around the house.

The Judge's treasured stallion and blacksmith are also claimed to have been seen rushing through the main gates to the grounds as the anniversary of their deaths approaches around January each year.

We as a family, our guests and our pets have always felt a welcome from the house from the day we arrived, and have been extremely happy living here
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Princess Michael of Kent

Many locals believe vehemently in the hauntings but the Princess is sceptical: "I have no doubt that many old houses have some kind of spirit presence or ghost and, if Nether Lypiatt Manor has such, he, she or it, must be benign and well disposed.

"We as a family, our guests and our pets have always felt a welcome from the house from the day we arrived, and have been extremely happy living here".

Nether Lypiatt has a magnificent William and Mary staircase and most of the principal rooms are panelled in chestnut, oak or beech wood.

The house has four reception rooms, a studio, four bathrooms, two dressing rooms and staff quarters. The land extends to around 20 acres.

Princess Michael of kent
Princess Michael was born Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz of Bohemia.

The Kents have been keen supporters of their adopted county and have backed at high-profile appeal to preserve Gloucestershire churches.

Princess Michael's keen interest in history has resulted in the publication of two books.

She admits to being fascinated by the women the French call "left handed queens" and she studied the lives of five royal mistresses for her latest volume, Cupid and The King.

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