House & Family History: A sweet, and relatively small, country house, Rookley Manor has a romantic late 18th century Gothick façade. As prince of Wales, King George IV regularly took his mistress, the famous Mrs. Fitzherbert, to Rookley for romantic assignations. George's uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, had earlier rented the House (1776-83) as a hunting lodge. In the 1840s William Makepeace Thackeray wrote "Vanity Fair" during a stay at Rookley Manor. In July 2014 the House, together with 10 acres, was put on the market for £2.95 million.
Garden & Outbuildings: Rookley Manor today has two walled gardens and a 300-year-old mulberry tree.
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat of: HRH The Duke of Cumberlund, 1776-83.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No