A 500-year-old castle-sized Jacobean manor house, spanning 35,376 square feet, in England was listed last week for £9 million (US$12.4 million).
Dubbed Yarnton Manor, the nearly 30-acre estate is located in the village of Yarnton, outside the educational mecca of Oxford. Both the manor and its gardens have Grade II historical designations and date to the 16th century, according to listing agent Emma Cleugh, head of the institutional, charities and education team at Knight Frank.
“People think there are a lot of these estates, but in reality, properties of this scale and in this location are few and far between,” she said.
The property has a rich political history, and was owned by the Spencer family from 1580 to 1712, according to Knight Frank. Sir Thomas Spencer, elected as a member of Parliament in 1660, was responsible for the manor house, and his conversion included a secret room above the main entrance where he could hide in the event of an attack, Ms. Cleugh noted.
The manor served as a military hospital for the King’s Royalist troops during the English Civil War in the 17th century, and King Charles I, took refuge on the property during that time, according to the listing.
An academic from Oxford University bought the property in 1936, and novelist Iris Murdoch visited the estate in 1939 as part of a touring theater group, the listing said. The grounds have been featured on the television show “Britain’s Most Historic Towns” and the ongoing BBC mystery series “Father Brown.”
Most recently, the estate has been used as an educational facility, Ms. Cleugh said. It last traded in September 2014 for £8.3 million, according to Land Registry records. The current owners did not immediately return requests for comment.
Period details of the home include carved and molded stone and wood fireplaces and mantels, original flagstone floors, paneled rooms, intricate carved timber doors and a Jacobean-style carved wood staircase, the listing said.
The grounds feature a walled garden, an orchard, paddocks and woodland, as well as terraces and walkways. There are also a number of outbuildings, such as a barn, an 18th-century vicarage, six cottages and student housing. The property’s manor farm has been converted to apartment-style cottages.
A variety of uses are possible for the estate, Ms. Cleugh said. A buyer could use it as a private home while renting the outbuildings, repurpose it as a retreat or educational facility, or establish the property as a hotel.
“It’s effectively a blank slate,” she explained.
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