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Calke Abbey

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Uploaded: 3rd Sep 2007 at 1:35 PM
Updated: 17th Jan 2009 at 3:34 PM
Calke Abbey

Standing deep in its park, Calke Abbey is revealed to the visitor only at the last moment. The beautiful facade with Greek Revival portico and symmetrical appearance offering granduer and social status to your Sims.



Welcome to Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire. This historical home was once a Medieval monastery, then was destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution. There was also an Elizabethan home standing here at one point. It now stands again, in the Baroque style, set within parklands of rolling hills, lakes, woods and local villages. The house is a fine 1704 Baroque masterpeice, crafted by Johnson & Huitt of Nottinghamshire, although speculation over their real jobs of surveyors may have prevented them from being the actual architects. The Greek frontage was added in 1807. The real home has lots of dead, stuffed animals, paintings and antiques. The plan of the house reveals diagonal and spiral walls dating from before 1300ad!

The home had been in the Harpur-Crewe family since the reign of James 1st. Now a National Trust acquisition, Calke has been left as it was found in 1986, with horse carriages, beds, tables, urns and wallpaper minimally restored to create an antique effect, and this was only possible as a large portion of the house was closed off in the 1940's due to running costs. The house eventually had to be given away due to inheritance taxes of £8,000,000 on the (then) £14,000,000 estate.


I have built a more SIMplified version of Calke, without diagonal walls or too many complicated hollow fireplaces. There are 8 bedrooms, rather tame over th real total of 12, and there are many entertaining rooms and passages for servants too.



See also: Kedleston Hall and Hagley Hall.

Lot Size: 5x6
Lot Price: $209,103

Custom Content Included:
- Simnuts Fenetre De Grande Versailles - Grande Versailles Window by simnuts101
- Giggly Grasses by buggybooz
- The Mumbo Jumbo Grass by buggybooz
- Georgian Double Doors by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Interior Door by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Shuttered Window by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Tall Shuttered Window by phoenix_phaerie
- Pedimentary, My Dear! Cornice Pediment by phoenix_phaerie
- brown pediment door recolour by phoenix_phaerie
- Bigger Oleander by corvidophile2
- Giant "Oleander" by corvidophile2 by corvidophile2
- Chic Stairs Open Underneath by crocobaura
- Wooden Stairs Open Underneath by crocobaura
- Cupressus Mini by xrax
- Smaller Cypress Shrub by khakidoo
- Medium Cypress Shrub by khakidoo
- Road Tree by khakidoo
- Square White planter by Marina by 15pupmaus49
- Just a ladder - by Marvine by marvine
- Slender Birch tree - medium by Nengi65
- Slender Birch Tree - short by Nengi65
- Slender Birch Tree - tall by Nengi65
- Maxis "Monolith" Topiary by Numenor
- Short Pedestal Planter by macarossi
- Pyramid Shrub by Maxoid Monkey / The Sims2
- Invisible driveway by roddyaleixo
- round shrub hedge by bienchen83
- Rhododendron by bienchen83
- Einfacher Baum by bienchen83
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