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In Rural England, a Manor House Comes With Hundreds of Years of History

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Spot: Widworthy, Devon 

Rate: £4 million (US$4.9 million)

This restored, “cozy” Elizabethan manor residence in east Devon, England, has a cinema home, a heated outdoor pool, 43 acres of tranquil rolling grounds and a record stretching back to the Middle Ages.

Widworthy Barton lies in Widworthy village, in the vicinity of Honiton, eight miles from the Devonshire coast. The commanding stone property is arranged close to a cobbled inner courtyard from which rooms open up on to and options a terrific corridor (with a minstrel’s gallery) where by banquets have been when held. Its meadow grounds are frequented by deer and gently slope upwards to woodland.

The 16th-century Tudor residence, which is talked about in the Doomsday Guide, Britain’s earliest community report, contains components courting to the 1200s and was accomplished as it stands nowadays in 1591. It normally takes its title right after William de Widworthy, a descendant of the Chichester family members who owned the residence until finally the 18th century. It is listed as Grade II*, which is given to especially crucial properties of additional than exclusive interest.

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The stone household is arranged in normal Tudor model all around a cobbled courtyard with a drinking water effectively.

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Its recent proprietors have modernised it to a “high standard” whilst respecting its historic character and produced it come to feel “really cozy” by way of the installation of two biomass boilers, which melt away wooden pellets (a much less expensive substitute to gasoline) to support its heating and hot drinking water. Its heated outdoor pool is run by means of air source warmth pumps and solar panels.

Widworthy Barton is both a very well appeared-immediately after historic creating and a modern day state dwelling, with a gorgeous nation location and the perk of owning its own view, reported marketing agent Oliver Custance Baker. He extra that its area in Devon has good attraction due to the fact it has uncomplicated accessibility to the coastline and rural splendor spots. 

In the course of the Tudor house, rooms are enriched with timber beams, big stone mullion windows, and open up fireplaces and dressings created from Beer stone, which is quarried regionally. Its lengthy home has a pitched attractive ceiling though an inscribed frieze in a panelled bedroom (acknowledged as the Chichester Room) demonstrates proof of Sir John Chichester who fought in the Battle of Agincourt, one of the most famed battles of the Center Ages. 

The geometric Trompe l’oeil mural on the hall’s back again wall is a great element.

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Widworthy Barton has 7 bedrooms, 4 bogs, a long place, a good corridor with a minstrel’s gallery, a property cinema space, a drawing room, a kitchen area/breakfast place with a larder, an office environment, storage rooms and attic room. It has 43.5 acres of land and substantial outbuildings.

Away from the residence, there is a really, detached two-bed room cottage named Orchardleigh Cottage, but it’s offered by independent negotiation to the key assets.


On its grounds, there is a pool heated to “comfortable” 77 degrees, with a freshly paved terrace and barbeque space, enclosed by stone walls. It has a formal walled back garden showcasing cottage-type planting and a fenced, challenging surface area tennis courtroom with sights of the regional church.

The residence has the advantage of a courtyard of regular outbuildings, located in close proximity to the household, with independent obtain to the street. There is also a big regular barn adjacent to the courtyard, which has scope for conversion, issue to planning consents.

Community Notes 

Widworthy Barton lies in the small, rural village of Widworthy, shut to Devon’s border with Dorset. It is five miles from the industry town of Honiton and eight miles from the seaside city of Seaton and has Blackdown Hills and East Devon Spots of Fantastic Purely natural Attractiveness and Dorset’s Jurassic shoreline on its doorstep. Exeter worldwide airport is 18 miles away.

Agent: Oliver Custance Baker, Strutt & Parker  

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