- For Lara's home in other timelines, see Croft Manor.
Abbingdon Estate, alternately known as Croft Manor, is the home of Lara Croft.
Unlike the original, The house belonged to Lara's father, and she grew up in it.
The mansion contains a main hall with all of its rooms sprawling off of it. Similar to its original incarnation, it contains Lara's bedroom, a gym, a library, a pool, and the gardens.
Abbingdon Estate is a small estate in Surrey, the Croft family was granted the title and rights to Abbingdon, Surrey by King Edward VI in 1547. The Croft Estates are comprised of three separate manor houses, two of which are maintained by the National Trust, and the third is home to Lady Croft. When Lord Richard James Croft went missing in Cambodia. Searches by the authorities and Lady Croft herself turned up human remains that could not definitively be identified. Since Lord Croft's body was not officially recovered, Lara Croft could not directly inherit the Croft title and Lara was thrust into a bitter family feud over control of the Abbingdon estates with her uncle Lord Errol Croft. Lara eventually won the legal battle, and took possession of her inheritance but at the cost of a deep rift in the Croft family that left her estranged from her living relatives. She is an 11th generation Countess, Lady Lara Croft, 11th Countess of Abbingdon.
Appearance in each gameEdit
- Tomb Raider Legend
The Manor got a major redesign in Crystal Dynamics' version of Tomb Raider. The manor contains the main hall, which also entails Zip's technical suite, Lara's bedroom, a library where Allister resides, a swimming pool, and a gym. The manor has various secret passageways that connect rooms and many different secrets. Lara cannot exit the manor in this game.
- Tomb Raider Anniversary
Due to Anniversary taking place before Legend, neither Zip or Allister reside in the mansion, though it does not contain some areas that would later be available in Legend (chronologically) it does contain new areas as well. Zip's technical suite is missing, and in its place is a series of crates to replicate the ones from TR1. The swimming pool is available, but is under construction, a treasure room has been added, as well as a music room. Lara can also explore outside the manor, which reveals a garden and hedge maze similar to TR2's.
- Tomb Raider Underworld
The Manor appears as a playable level twice in TR Underworld. The mansion seems to be a hybrid of Legend's and Anniversary's. Though it is not fully explorable, due to it being engulfed in flames, the player can explore the chapel below the manor, Lara's bedroom, and the main hall, with the level ending when they reach Zip's suite.
- In Tomb Raider Underworld, in the game's prologue, by performing a swan dive across the hearth of the fireplace (where Lara would normally fall and activate the cutscene with Zip, initiating the Mediterranean Sea chapter) the player can land on the opposite side of the fireplace, can climb over the wall to Zip's suite, and initiate the cutscene that leads to the Southern Mexico level. Speedrunners can use this to cut out at least half of the game.
- The real Abbingdon Estate is in Oxfordshire, England and The Earldom of Abbingdon has been held by the Earls of Lindsey since 1938.
- The house is modeled on Hatfield House, located in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK.
- Hatfield House was the building used for the shooting locations for Croft Manor in both movies. As such, the Legend timeline Croft Manor would appear to be based on the films. However, this is the only similarity to the films in the games and there are no references to specific events in the films, so the Legend timeline still appears to be a different continuity.
- Originally the idea was to make Lara the Countess of Farringdon, which is a historical area in the middle of the city of London. Then it was changed that she was supposed to marry the Earl of Farringdon, then the whole idea was scrapped.