A beautiful and historic Listed Grade II* manor house in the heart of Hardy Country
The Old Manor The house was originally owned by the 3rd Earl of Huntingdon and in 1724 by Robert Walpole, son of England's first Prime Minister. The Walpoles, Earls of Orford, were absentee landlords and the most renowned lessee of the manor house, between 1780 and 1830, was General Thomas Garth, principal equerry to King George III. The young Princesses, Mary, Sophia and Amelia frequently stayed at the house, as did the young Duke of York. Princess Charlotte of Wales, the Prince Regent's only daughter, spent time at the house, but the greatest historical infamy surrounds the fact that the General adopted King George III's illegitimate grandson and raised him at the manor. In 1861 the house was bought by John Brymer and during the following years, the house underwent much improvement, including the addition of the front porch and the billiard room (now the Garden Room). The house remained in the possession of the Brymer family for just over 100 years. In recent years the house has been subject to a complete restoration and, as a result in 2000, The Old Manor was presented with a Dorset Architectural Heritage Award'.
The western end of The Old Manor could be arranged into a superb self-contained, three bedroom / bathroom wing, suitable for guests or staff. On two floors, it has its own entrance and internal doors can separate it from the main house.
Built to replicate the architectural features of the house, the garage block is attached to the house and has provision for five cars with up and over, electronically operated doors. Radiators are installed with the potential to create a proper, heated motor house. At one end there is a maintenance room for garden machinery and gardener's room with kitchen services.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens surround the house and are delightfully presented. The main drive passes though neatly trimmed lawns, bordered bymature trees. The gardens feature mainly formal lawns and herbaceous borders, plus there is a hidden garden with fine topiary yew hedges surrounding a compass pond. A range of fruit trees, vegetable plots and a charming rose garden are all to be discovered. The paddock is separated from the formal garden by an effective ha-ha. The garden also features a unique potting shed, greenhouse and large cold frames. To the southern boundary there is approximately one acre of woodland which provides wonderful woodland walks.
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This is such a splendid house with beautiful gardens and grounds and yet within close proximity to the small market town, the best of both worldsLindsay Cuthill