Q&A with an LA man who saves his family’s castle from ruin

Downton Shabby: Q&A with an LA man who saves his family’s castle from ruin

  • American actor, screenwriter and producer Hopwood DePree discovered his family’s ancestral home while researching online.
  • When DePree moved near Manchester, England, to save Hopwood Hall, the 600-year-old estate was virtually ruined.
  • Downton Shabby: One American’s Ultimate DIY Adventure Restoring His Family’s English Castle is released with William Morrow (HarperCollins) on May 31.

LONDON — Many people researching information about their ancestors on genealogy websites come across poignant geographic details, long-lost relatives, or historical insights — good, bad, and ugly.

Michigan-born actor, screenwriter and producer Hopwood DePree has found an abandoned but once resplendent 50,000 square foot estate in the English countryside – his family’s ancestral home where his 14th great-grandfather was born.

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