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Jackie Kennedy's childhood home is up for sale for £38million – see inside

Jacqueline said she loved the "peaceful" estate

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Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
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The childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is now on the market for just over £38million ($49.5million), according to The former US First Lady lived at the Merrywood estate in the affluent suburb of McLean, Virginia in the 1940s after her mother married Standard Oil heir Hugh Auchinloss, and loved her time at the property.

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"I always love it so at Merrywood – so peaceful… with the river and those great steep hills," Jackie wrote as a teenager in 1944, according to Town & Country. It's easy to see why Jackie would have been enamoured by her new home; the sprawling property has nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms spread over four floors in a 23,000 square foot mansion, with extensive grounds and gardens.

The house was built in 1919 on a 46 acre estate, but it is now on a more manageable seven acres of land. It has been extensively renovated in recent years, with care taken to preserve the original architectural details. Click through the gallery to take a look through Jackie's former home…

Photo: Gordon Beall      

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The front door enters into a large hallway with a wide staircase that leads up to the mansion's four floors. On the ground floor there are grand main public rooms as well as more intimate family rooms, all decorated in a classic Georgian style with opulent furnishings and hardwood flooring throughout.

Photo: Gordon Beall      

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The ideal place for working or relaxing with a good book, this room features plush sofas and chairs gathered around an open fireplace. Wall-to-ceiling shelving offers plenty of space for bookworms to store their favourite reading material, while the window looks out onto the mansion's huge seven acre estate.

Photo: Gordon Beall      

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We're sure Jackie and her family would have enjoyed plenty of meals in this dining room, which is currently furnished with a table and chairs for six people, an open log fireplace and opulent candelabra. There are further terraces outside for dining and entertaining, along with a full outdoor kitchen.

Photo: Gordon Beall      

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There are nine bedrooms in the property, including a master suite with his and hers dressing rooms and an en suite bathroom. This spacious bedroom has a four poster bed and dual aspect views over the garden, as well as a traditional fireplace, desk and separate seating area.

Photo: Gordon Beall      

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Although the property now only sits on seven acres of land compared to the 46 acre estate Jackie lived in, the new owners will still be able to enjoy peace and privacy in the gardens, which sits on the banks of the Potomac River.

Photo: Gordon Beall      

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There are plenty of amenities for the new owners to enjoy including outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a tennis court, indoor gym and climate-controlled wine room. The home is expected to sell for around £38million – the highest priced residence in the Washington, D.C. area.

Photo: Gordon Beall      

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