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President Kennedy’s former estate up for sale

A former of home of President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy is on the market for $5.95m.

The estate in Virginia was used as a vacation retreat by the Kennedys.

They bought it because Jackie wanted something more secluded and closer to Washington D.C. than the compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, where the family often spent vacations.

Presedent kennedy's former vacation retreat is up for sale for $5.95m

In 1962, she pursued her husband to build an equestrian estate which she designed herself on a 39-acre plot in Middleburg, Virginia.

The estate cost $127,000 and is now worth more than 40 times as much.

Jackie nicknamed the estate ‘Wexford’ as a tribute to JFK’s Irish roots. She was delighted with the home and wrote a letter to the building agents to tell them how perfect it was.

She wrote: ““You have done the most fantastic job and everyone agrees that house is really a dream. One could not wish for anything more perfect—if only we could live in it all year long! And Jack loves it.”

Sadly they were only able to spend a total of three weekends there before JFK was assassinated in 1963.

Jackie couldn’t go back there without her husband and sold the property the following year.

The four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom house has remained the same size since it was built but the grounds are now four times more extensive.

The grounds include stables and a number riding trails. There is even an underground bomb shelter, which was built for when the Kennedys first bought the property.

Take a look inside (Photos courtesy of Thomas & Talbot Real Estate).

Bedroom in Kennedy retreat

Bedroom 2 iin Kennedy retreat

Bedroom 3 iin Kennedy retreat

Bedroom 4 iin Kennedy retreat

Hallway in Kennedy retreat

Living room in Kennedy retreat

Outdoors at Kennedy retreat

Field in the grounds of the Kennedy retreat

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