A 10-bedroom English manor house that dates to the 17th century but comes complete with modern amenities, including a tennis court and swimming pool, has hit the market for £3.25 million (US$4.3 million).
Set in the village of Weston, the almost 50-acre property is what’s known as “the big house in the village,” according to listing agent Rupert Sweeting , a partner at Knight Frank’s country department. It’s “the best house in the village, no doubt, several notches above the rest,” he said.
Dubbed Weston Hall , the property has remained in the hands of the Sitwell family since 1714, according to the listing, making its launch on the market earlier in August the first time in modern history that it’s been for sale, according to Mr. Sweeting .
The current resident is William Sitwell , 50, a broadcaster, food writer and critic.
“Given my personal attachment to Weston Hall, and my family’s link to the property since 1714, saying goodbye is terribly sad and a wrench, but whoever the future owner is will find that it’s wonderful in so many ways.” Mr. Sitwell said in a statement.
“It’s the perfect house because it’s not too big and not too small, with a beautiful garden, and accessible to London in not much more than an hour despite its remote and rural location,” he added. “It’s not just the four walls of bricks and mortar on offer to the buyer, there is also a wonderful spirit and atmosphere to the place, which I’m sure will be cherished by the future owner.”
Mr. Sitwell is the latest in a line of literary residents of the manor. He’s the grandson of Sacheverell Sitwell , the late writer and critic, and a member of a literary clique that drew the likes of Cecil Beaton and Noel Coward to the mansion, according to the listing.
Loaded with old-world charm, many of its rooms, from the 18th-century library to the 17th-century parlour, remain “time-capsules of British social history,” according to Knight Frank.
Its historic details, including fireplaces and paneling, are “part of the charm of the building,” Mr. Sweeting said.
There are also seven reception rooms, a Victorian orangery, a topiary garden, a cellar, and outbuildings including a coach house and stables.
This story first appeared on Mansion Global.