An historic 15th Century manor house in spectacular gardens and grounds. Described by Sir Nikolas Pevsner as "the most refined and most sophisticated timber framed mansion in England."
Ockwells Manor is laid out principally over two floors and with the exception of a small cellar all above ground level. The house is faithful to its period and boasts spectacular panelling, stained glass windows and herringbone pattern brickwork.
The Jacobean staircase, 17th Century panelling and 15th Century stone fireplace are particularly striking features of the house. Aside from its architectural and historical pedigree, the house functions as a beautiful family home ideal for entertaining or family living in equal measure. The main entrance is dominated by a fabulous oak door which enters into a cloister leading to a small internal courtyard. Around this are a number of exceptionally fine rooms but the Great Hall, living room and dining room are particularly impressive.
On the first floor, the main bedroom has an en suite bathroom and dressing room with a minstrel's gallery overlooking the Great Hall. There are seven further bedrooms, four of which are effectively en suite, and one of which would make an equally impressive main bedroom.
Immediately to the south of the manor, is a beautiful topiaried garden enclosed within a listed brick wall. This garden operates as a series of enclosures, one of which is laid out as a chess garden. The eastern elevation overlooks a neat lawned courtyard where a secondary entrance gives separate access onto the lane. Further to the north is a swimming pool with a neat terrace surround and an ornamental pond and tennis court.
To the east of the house is a listed barn and the original medieval gate house with one bedroom Bailiff's room above, also listed Grade I. These date from the 15th Century and comprise five stables, a tack room, hay barn and Polo practice pen (Stable Block 1). Forming the eastern side is an impressive 111 ft long Grade I listed threshing barn also dating from the late 15th Century with two gabled entrances and very fine timber framed interiors (Threshing Barn). Adjacent, is the beautiful Grade I listed Dovecote from the same period.
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Ockwells Manor is probably the finest period house I have seen in my property career.Paul Finnegan