Guide price £2,400,000
The Manor, Listed Grade II* as being of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, was built in 1577 and is of considerable antiquity. King Charles II is reputed to have stayed here before the battle of Worcester in 1651. The home features fine historic plasterwork, beams, panelling, a Jacobean dogleg staircase, and a master bedroom with remnants of 16th century decoration. Over the centuries the property has been extended and improved: with two projecting gables to the front and two wings to the rear, the property is extensive with internal accommodation amounting to over 6,000 sq ft. Reception rooms and bedrooms are full of character, with Tudor fireplaces and inglenooks, chamfered beams, wall timbers, and fine roof trusses. Stone mullion windows with leaded lights enhance the architectural appeal of the property. The kitchen/breakfast room, including an inglenook with AGA and companion, a range of kitchen units, and doors and windows to three sides, is the heart of the house. The accommodation offers flexibility and provides fine family living. Extensively restored by the present owners, the house is now a perfect blend of architectural quality and modern convenience. There are flagstones, tile and parquet wood block flooring, carved timber and stone staircases, and fine antique doors. The house combines attractive bathrooms and tiling, a cinema room, and ''The King's Room' with vaulted ceiling and its own spiral staircase leading to the ground floor. From the upper floors are fine views over the surrounding Cotswolds countryside. The secluded west-facing terrace, ideal for al fresco dining and relaxation, is accessible from the kitchen, drawing room, study and cinema room. The Manor sits in a commanding position in the heart of the village, constructed of roughly squared course stone with intricate mullions and mouldings beneath a stone slate roof and ashlar chimneys with moulded caps. The front of the house is beautifully situated behind a wrought iron fence enclosing a garden of wisteria, climbing roses, shrubs and perennials. The stunning property is complemented by a part-walled rear garden with views toward both Dumbleton and Bredon Hill. There are superbly appointed lawns, shrubs and a south-facing garden wall sheltering fine herbaceous borders and espaliered fruit and specimen trees. A separately walled lower garden with swimming pool and summer house is bordered by mature hedging and silver birch, holm oak and Judas trees. The gardens of The Manor are particularly fine and complement the beauty of the house and its architecture. A right of way over a cobbled courtyard to the south side of the property gives access to 3 garages and parking. Stanton is widely regarded as one of the most charming villages in the North Cotswolds, lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has an inn, cricket ground, village hall and fine parish church. Everyday amenities can be found in Broadway, about 4 miles, with more comprehensive facilities in Cheltenham, about 11 miles. Stanton is well placed for commuting, with the A44 and M40 providing access to London (90 miles) and the M5 (18 miles) providing access to the West Country and Birmingham. There is mainline train service at Moreton-in-Marsh to London Paddington. Racing is at Cheltenham, Stratford and Worcester, and there is a complete equestrian facility in the village. Some of the best schools in the country for both boys and girls are found in nearby Cheltenham and Malvern. There are theatres at Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford. The surrounding countryside offers a number of attractive walks and riding trails. The Cotswolds' tradition of prosperity and temperate climate are reflected in its many splendid manor houses and gardens which are some of the finest in England. Houses traditionally are built of beautiful Cotswold stone which, with its warm honey colour, elegantly complements the beauty of the natural surroundings.
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