Gothic masterpiece by famous Bugatti hill climb asks £3m

An important early Georgian Gothic Revival house has hit the market complete with a private driveway over the legendary Prescott Hill Climb, home of the Bugatti Owners’ Club.

Perched on an escarpment of the Cotswolds and with parts dating back to the 11th century, Prescott House was once owned by Edward Law, the Earl of Ellenborough and one time Governor General of India. Now fully refurb’d, the eight-bed double-fronted mansion is being offered up at £3m with a couple of cottages and 2.89 acres of land. Key features include a vast leisure complex, panelled billiard room, music room, cinema room, formal dining room and a tennis court.

Founded in 1929, the Bugatti Owner’s Club had been running hillclimbs in the south of England since 1931 but decided it needed a dedicated course in 1936 and went on to acquire the Prescott House and Estate. The original “short” course it laid out was 880 yards, but a 1127-yard “long” course was introduced in 1960 and is the one still used to this day.

There are six events held at Prescott every year; vintage petrolheads will be interested to know the short course record today is 39.68 secs set in 2015 set by James Baxter in ERA R4A and the long course record is 35.51 secs set in 2014 by Jos Goodyear in his GWR Raptor Extreme.

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Paul Tebbett in his 1500cc 1922 Bugatti T22 makes a timed run at the VSCC hill climb at Prescott by Dave_S (CC-BY-SA-2.0)