English Mansion With 500 Years of History—Plus an Indoor Pool—Lists for £3.8M

A mansion in the U.K. that pairs almost 500 years of history with modern design, contemporary interiors and 5,000 Christmas trees has hit the market for £3.8 million (US$5.3 million).

The Brick House dates to the 1530s and is Grade II* listed, meaning it’s legally protected due to its being of special architectural and historic interest, and any renovations must preserve the home’s historic value.

Approached via a sweeping driveway, the more than 9,000-square-foot manor and its outbuildings “have undergone extensive renovations sensitively completed to enhance their original features,” according to the listing with Savills, the estate agency who bought the property to the market earlier this month.

The six-bedroom home is just as full of period details—including wooden beams, fireplaces and casement windows—as it is contemporary ones.

It has an open plan living and dining room, a study, a gym, an indoor pool and spa, and a rich color palette runs throughout the home, the listing shows.


“It’s not often you see a Grade II*-listed home which has been so immaculately renovated,” siad listing agent Tim Phillips in a statement.

Outside, the 13 acres of grounds are home to ponds, parkland, patios and orchards with apple, pear, plum, damson and cherry trees. Plus, a portion of the grounds is home to roughly 5,000 Christmas trees.

The Brick House is in Little Dunmow, a quaint village in Essex, in the East of England, that’s home to a curious local tradition that reportedly began almost a millennium ago.


The Dunmow Flitch Trials—now held every four years—awards a flitch of bacon, or half a pig cut lengthwise, to married couples who can satisfy the judge and jury that in “twelvemonth and a day,” they have “not wisht themselves unmarried again,” according to the trials’ website.

The owners of the property, who could not be reached for comment, paid £2.1 million for the spread in 2006, property records show.

The U.K.’s real estate market has been supercharged of late, propelled by a flood of enthusiastic buyers, tax breaks and low mortgage rates. In April, the average national asking price rose 5.1% annually to an all-time high of £327,797, according to a report earlier this month from Rightmove.

In Little Dunmow, sales prices meanwhile, are up 17% on a year ago, leaving the average price at £425,481, Rightmove said.

Article Source: Mansion Global