A wonderful residential and equestrian farm dating back to the 16th century and set in 120 acres of beautiful countryside
Manor Farm is steeped in history and is understood to date back to the 16th century. The property is tucked away on a no through lane in Marsworth near Tring; a highly sought after location due to its proximity to the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and excellent road, rail and air connections. The property has been a wonderful family home for over 25 years, which includes a substantial six bedroom period farmhouse, a converted Granary with two staff flats along with beautiful gardens and grounds. Outside, the farm boasts a number of farm buildings, excellent equestrian facilities including indoor and outdoor riding ménages, all weather gallops and stabling. In all it extends to about 120 acres.
Manor Farmhouse dates back to the 16th century and still retains many character features including an inglenook fireplace, sash windows and a wealth of beams. The attractive detached house extends to 4,745 sq ft and includes a welcoming reception hall, large family kitchen, drawing room with French doors into the garden, sitting room, dining room and study with a utility room and back kitchen. The Grade II Listed property has been sympathetically extended and the first floor offers a large master bedroom, five further bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Unusual points of historic interest include the wages window in the sitting room, a range of wig cupboards next to the fireplace in one of the bedrooms, and stonework reputedly dating from the King Henry VIII Reformation. Externally, there are still signs of the original dog kennel set into the brick wall enclosing the garden in front of the oldest part of the house, it would have been on here that the milk churns would have been placed for collection by horse and cart.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The formal gardens extend to the south with a large, level lawn, stocked borders and a timber bridge over the spring-fed pond which is a haven for wildlife and is often populated by ducks, swans and moorhens. Occasionally, you can even spot a kingfisher.
The wide flagstone terrace is a wonderful suntrap and is the perfect backdrop for vintage roses. There is also an abundance of apple and damson trees as well as a pear tree near the pond.
The Granary, a detached building situated in the courtyard is divided into two flats. The first floor flat includes a kitchen sitting room, bedroom and bathroom whilst the second floor flat includes two bedrooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, utility and a bathroom. Both are in very good order having been converted in the late nineties. There is a planning condition on this property linking its use with the farm.
Surrounded by rolling countryside, there are approximately 120 acres of farmland which is predominantly laid to pasture and used for grazing and making hay. The land lies within a ring fence and is bounded by hedgerows and post and rail fencing. One of the larger fields is let to a nearby farmer on a Farm Business Tenancy and sheep are brought onto graze paddocks on an annual grazing licence. There is an additional old vehicular access out to Church Farm Lane which could be upgraded.
Manor Farm boasts extensive equestrian facilities. The present owner's daughter has run a successful equestrian business from the farm for a number of years and the facilities have enabled her to compete in eventing to the highest possible standard including Badminton, Blenheim, Gatcombe and Chatsworth Horse Trials. The facilities include an indoor riding arena (35m x 25m), an outdoor manège with a wax coated surface (20ft x 60ft), 5 furlong all-weather gallops, 25 stables housed around a courtyard and an American-style barn, additional barns providing storage for vehicles, washroom, hay barn, tack rooms and various tool sheds and workshops. Additionally, there is ample parking space for horseboxes and large vehicles.
The surrounding paddocks include jumps, water splash and gallops measuring almost five furlongs. The water jump was originally the watering hole for the villagers' cattle.
The facilities currently generate useful revenue as they are regularly hired by individuals, riding clubs and for events. For the keen rider, Manor Farm is close to popular show centres of Bury Farm and Addington Manor Equestrian Centre.
Whilst these buildings are currently predominantly used for agricultural and equestrian purposes, they lend themselves to a wealth of different uses including possible conversion (subject to planning). There is ample hard-standing for horse trailers and deliveries with wide access to all buildings.
Manor Farm is positioned in beautiful rolling countryside on the edge of the Chilterns yet close to London and good road communications. Its combination of productive farmland, an attractive period farmhouse and converted granary along with a range of outbuildings and equestrian facilities make it a really versatile property.Louise Harrison