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Inside Powderham Castle: the 14th century house run by a lawyer and a Hollywood actress

Charlie Courtenay, the 19th Earl of Devon, leads a double life. Half the week, he works in London as an intellectual property barrister and as the newest hereditary peer in the House of Lords; the rest of the time, he’s the 28th generation of his family to run PowderhamCastle, the 14th century manor house near Exmouth, Devon.

Born in 1975, he grew up at Powderham, the son of Hugh Courtenay, the 18th Earl of Devon and his wife, Diana. After Eton, Cambridge and the Bar, Charlie went to Los Angeles on a rugby tour.

He found a reason to stay when he met the actress Allison Joy “AJ” Langer, of Baywatch and My So-Called Life fame, in a bar in Las Vegas. It was love at first sight. The couple were married…