After selling her elegantly renovated estate in the Sydney suburbs last year for $14.1 million, Cate Blanchett has added a large English manor to her real estate portfolio. The Australian actress and theater director, along with her playwright-director husband Andrew Upton, has purchased the $4.5 million Highwell House in the UK. cateblanchett_uk_english_manor_1The two-time Oscar winning actress’ new property is located near Crowborough in the countryside East Sussex area which is about an hour south of London.cateblanchett_uk_english_manor_2The 13-plus acre country estate is home to seven bedrooms, eight full and two half bathrooms as well as five reception rooms. cateblanchett_uk_english_manor_3The 9,028 square feet Victorian mansion, built in 1890, boasts of glorified past owners including Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. cateblanchett_uk_english_manor_4The sprawling red-brick property also features a games room, family room, a large eat-in kitchen, a dozen antique fireplaces as well as greenhouse.cateblanchett_uk_english_manor_5Noteworthy features of the interiors include a 19th-century French chandelier in the paneled reception hall leading onto an oak staircase, a 40-foot drawing room lit by a glitzy pair of crystal chandeliers, a secondary lounge that opens through French doors to a black slate terrace, and a formal dining room.cateblanchett_uk_english_manor_7 cateblanchett_uk_english_manor_6Rubbing shoulders with the homes of the likes of Kate Winslet, Paul McCartney’s ex-wife Heather Mills, and musician Bryan Ferry, the estate’s grounds boasts of vast lawns and a private pond with island.cateblanchett_uk_english_manor_8 cateblanchett_uk_english_manor_9Variety