An historic listed manor house in a rural setting.
This unique and characterful Grade II* listed manor is quietly situated in rural Warwickshire and offers an abundance of original features. With an internal area of approximately 4,800 sq. ft., the property is ripe for renovation. A range of separate farm outbuildings have approved planning permission for conversion to residential use. Wood Bevington Manor has the potential to become an impressive and charming family home.
A paved pathway leads through a wide lawned garden to the front door, which is set to one side of the central block. The door itself is substantial and nail-studded, and its ironwork has been dated to c.1600. A partition divides the entrance hall from what would once have been the small parlour', a large south-facing room currently used as a bright and spacious dining hall. The floor is paved with 17th century diagonal slate and grey stone flags, and the large inglenook fireplace - now boasting a moulded bressumer - retains its chimney corner seats and tiny alcoves.
The kitchen, located on the other side of the hallway in the original east wing, is well-proportioned and is fitted with a range of cabinets and modern appliances.
The east wing of the property also provides a bright corner sitting room with two iron cross windows looking over the fields to the east and gardens to the front. Behind the current kitchen, on the north-eastern corner of the house is a further large family room with several iron cross windows, an open fireplace and a glazed door opening onto the side garden.
The front part of the west wing offers perhaps the most impressive reception space, in what would once have been the great parlour', now the drawing room. The walls are lined with mellow timber panelling and window seats believed to be from the early 17th century. An 18th century fireplace is set into the panelling on the western wall, and wooden steps lead up to the French doors which open to the west facing gardens.
Access to the first floor is via two stairways, both centrally located within the house. The principal bedroom is directly off this landing and occupies the front part of the west wing, sharing a bathroom with one of the smaller bedrooms to the rear of the house. The second bedroom is of particular note as it has 18th century moulded panelling and a fireplace of the same period. In the east wing are a further three well-proportioned bedrooms, all fairly similar in size and sharing a shower room off the second landing.
The second landing, which links the east wing to the rest of the house, also has a stairway leading down to the ground floor, and a further set of stairs, this time leading up to the very large, unconverted attic. This provides plenty of scope for remodelling (subject to the normal Listed consents and regulations).
The Manor House is set in gardens of approximately three quarters of an acre, laid mainly to lawn and enclosed by a mixture of hedges and walls.
Lot 2: Adjacent to the north and eastern side of these gardens are a further (approx) 5.5 acres of pasture/agricultural land which would be ideal for equine use. Available by separate negotiation.
The 16th century Manor consisted of an H-shaped construction typical of the Tudor period, having a middle block which would once have been the main hall, with cross-wings to both sides. Around 1790 most of the exterior of the building was rendered with roughcast, and in the 1820's further more drastic alterations were made. Today this unique property presents a fascinating record of historical changes in design and use, and many exquisite elements remain.
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A truly historic manor house with a rich history in an absolutely stunning setting.David Henderson