National Trust receives three country homes in biggest donation since WW2 (UK)

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A hotelier who saved three historic country houses from ruin has given them to the National Trust in one of the biggest donations ever made to the charity.

The properties include Middlethorpe Hall near York, a William III country house that served as a nightclub for an inglorious decade before being rescued by businessman Richard Broyd.

Hartwell House, a Jacobean and Georgian property set in 90 acres of grounds near Aylesbury, Bucks, has also been handed to the Trust along with Bodysgallen Hall in North Wales, which dates back to the 13th century.

Mr Broyd has handed over the properties, which are all hotels, to ensure they are protected in perpetuity. Paperwork on the deal to transfer the freehold on the properties is to be signed this week.

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