- 7 Bedrooms
- Great Hall with hammer beam roof
- 3 reception rooms
- 3 bed lodge
- Historic remains of Roman bath house
- Beautiful gardens
- Swimming pool
- Stables, garaging, stores
- Paddocks and woodland
- EPC Rating = E
A recently polished Red Diamond, the rarest of gems.
Whitestaunton Manor is located on the edge of the charming hamlet of Whitestaunton, sitting in picturesque proximity to the 13th Century Church of St Andrews. The hamlet is situated in an unspoilt part of Somerset in a bowl surrounded by beautiful undulating countryside. The hamlet consists of several people who commute to London or Bristol. Nearby Combe St Nicholas has a shop, Post Office and village pub. More extensive shopping can be found in Chard about 3.5 miles away. A bit further afield are Taunton, Honiton, Yeovil and Exeter.
A Recently Polished Red Diamond, The Rarest Of Gems A captivating, 15th Century, Grade 1 listed Manor, beautifully restored, set in enchanting gardens and land, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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Whitestaunton Manor – a potted history.
"Whitestaunton Manor is one of Somerset's most archaeologically complex and historically intriguing houses and features in all the authoritative architectural histories of the county. Nominally started in c. AD1446-1478 and augmented throughout the following five and a half centuries, it contains the county's best example of a medieval 'Hammer Beam' roof, Elizabethan 'coffered' ceilings and singular examples of Jacobean decorative plasterwork, together with the remains of a 3rd Century Roman bath house and a medieval 'sacred' well in its grounds. Archaeological and historical research commissioned by the vendors during their ten years of structural and cosmetic refurbishment also demonstrates that the house lies directly over a Roman villa and incorporates standing Roman structural masonry in one of its kitchen walls – probably the only house in Britain that does – and that the celebrated Victorian architect and garden designer John Dando Sedding was involved in the restoration of its stables and the design of its gardens." By Michael Heaton MIfA IHBC Whitestaunton is mentioned in the Domesday Book and described as Stantune. From the original Roman masonry to modern times The Manor has seen much change. It was considerably enlarged in the late 15th and 16th Century before the porch was added in the 17th Century. The south west corner facade is 18th Century. The current owners have completed a loving and thorough ten year restorative programme of the original structure, including all roofs, working closely with English Heritage and other conservation bodies. All services (electrical, plumbing, heating, water, waste, drainage) are new. As a result of this renovation process the house has won many awards including winner of the 'Wood Awards' for Conservation and Restoration, and an award from the Somerset Building Preservation Trust for Conservation and Restoration. Much original architectural detail has been uncovered, restored and preserved, bringing a house of great character and interest back to life. The Manor is now a house of formidable beauty, serene in mood and appearance with 21st Century services sitting in warm harmony with its long history and origins. Roman walls sit with under floor heating and Jacobean fireplaces and modern lighting. The main reception rooms are remarkable, especially the Great Hall with its spectacular restored hammer beam roof. With the lovely gardens and grounds enhancing the house, a more beautiful place would be difficult to find. The owners call the Manor a 'Red Diamond', the most rare of gems. Whitestaunton Manor is approached from a country lane through an impressive stone arch mounted with electrically opened wrought iron gates. A gravel drive continues towards the house, past the cottage and pond to the right, and culminates at a large parking circle to the front of the house. The lawns and the most attractive gardens stretch beyond. The Manor is constructed of random Whitestaunton limestone from its own quarry, square and coursed under a slate roof with stone mullion windows. The house has an abundance of fine period features with carved stone fireplaces and chimney pieces, intricate plasterwork ceilings, cornicing and friezes, and a beautiful oak staircase. It is very rare to find such an historical house in such good order. Lighting and design were crucial elements to the renovation and refurbishment of the property. The owner's profession of architecturally simple jewellery design and love of art is reflected in the magnificent attention to detail throughout the house. Perhaps unique in a 15th Century house is the very discreet LED lighting, subtly incorporated to highlight various aspects and enclaves, in particular the striking mullion windows. The house offers extraordinary accommodation and is highly flexible. It is arranged over 3 floors and provides excellent space for entertaining without removing the importance for being a family home. Rooms of particular note include: The Reception Hall and Staircase Hall Here the juxtaposition between modern and ancient begins. (The Ham stone floors have under floor heating). Through to the C16th original staircase which was uncovered and re-modeled during the renovation using wood work from the original structure. Turn right to the main reception rooms:
The Somerset Room (Drawing Room)
The Elton family constructed the room in the 18th Century to house the magnificent fireplace, which had been stored at Hampton Court and was given to the family as a gift (it has been authenticated as 16th century) and has the crest of the English royal family. The room is the youngest in the house (also with under floor heating).
The Great Parlour (Dining Room).
With oak floor and with full oak wall panels dated 1573, there is still uncertainty to when it was installed, but during the renovations the walls were all stripped back to the original wood work, with some fire damaged panelling replaced (a full 12-month project).
With under floor heating, the Blue Lias stone in the kitchen signifies the change between the 'elegant' and 'working' sides of the house (Ham stone in the aristocratic areas, Blue Lias in the staff quarters). Beneath the kitchen floor are the foundations of the 3rd Century Roman Villa and the eastern wall is, remarkably, the original Roman masonry. The Great Hall Formerly 5 bedrooms before award winning restoration by the owners – the hammer beam roof is believed to be the only one in an English private house.
The Music Room
Beautiful frieze and wood panelling. Crests of both the DeBrett and Elton family above fireplace. Morning Room Uncovered and restored 16th century ceiling, now with raised floor.
The top floor, built in the17th Century to accommodate staff, joins the 15th Century house at the Solar, the sitting room of the Lord and Lady of The Manor. This room was discovered by removing a narrow walled room/closet, bringing to light the wood wind-bracing which complements that of The Great Hall. On the wall to this room one finds inscribed; "The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you Amen".
Situated at the start of the drive the lodge is ideal for staff. Constructed of rendered stone under a thatch roof, the lodge was completely rebuilt and extended. It offers 3 bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower on the 1st floor whilst on the ground floor there is a sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and a cloakroom. To the east of the house and with access off a spur from the drive is a well presented range of outbuildings around a large courtyard of Blue Lias stone.
Originally built in the 16th Century and enlarged in the 19th Century the buildings have been restored & reinvigorated by the current owners. Constructed of stone from Whitestaunton Manor's own quarry under a slate roof the outbuildings contain 6 stables, 2 garages, gardeners WC and a workshop. A set of stairs lead up to the 1st floor which is divided into three sections and, subject to the usual consents, could be converted into accommodation. To the right of the main building is a former dovecote which again has been fully renovated – it is currently employed as a studio. To the side is the summer kitchen which connects to the garden and terrace on the other side. There are a variety of store rooms.
The gardens at Whitestaunton Manor are simply magical and are a further indication as to the dedication that the owners have given to the restoration of the house and grounds. The gardens surround the house on 3 sides and are dominated by a variety of beech, spectacular and ancient copper beech and willow. To the south of the house is a slightly raised lawn which may have previously been a grass tennis court. Close to the house is a paved terrace with barbeque, partially covered and linked to the summer kitchen, which is used for al fresco dining. Adjoining this in a protected, walled area is the swimming pool and Jacuzzi. To the west of the house is a further flat area of lawn used as a croquet lawn which is dominated by another magnificent copper beech tree. The well stocked herbaceous borders are a wealth of colour. Steps lead from the west lawn to the walled garden along a path lined by espaliered apple trees. To the right is a vegetable garden with greenhouse and orchard with apple, apricots and pear. To the left of the path is the southern lawn. To the north of the house the lawn runs towards the lake which is surrounded by mature beech and weeping willow. The pond flows to the north where the remains of the Roman baths can be found. These were uncovered and featured by "Time Team" in 2003. The link to the program can be found here: www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team/4od#2933990 . Beyond the Roman ruins lie the enchanting Japanese Garden and cascade which were installed by the current owners. A stunning variety of plants and colour are interspersed with the stream and ponds. The land is predominately located to the north and west of the house and is a mix of pasture, paddocks and mixed woodland. The land is let for seasonal grazing and is included in the Blackdown Hills Environmental Stewardship Scheme. There is a 2nd Generation Agricultural Tenancy on a smaller section of the land as marked on the boundary plan to the rear of the particulars.
Lord of The Manor
The Deeds of The Manor include "The Manor of Lordship or reputed Manor or Lordship of Whitestaunton in the County of Somerset and the family pew on the North side of the Parish Church of Whitestaunton".
Square Footage: 6666 sq ft
Acreage: 83 Acres
Take the M3 west from London and turn to the A303 at junction 8. Continue for about 85 miles and over 7 roundabouts.
After the 7th roundabout continue for 4 miles and turn left just after The Eagle Tavern signed Combe St Nicholas,Wadeford and Chard.Follow this lane for a short distance and take the first right singed Beetham, Northay and Whitestaunton.After about a mile head straight over the cross roads signed Whitestaunton and Northay. After about a mile and passing through Northay you will enter Whitestaunton with the smart stone and thatched lodge on your right. Shortly after this the stone entrance arch will be found on the right hand side.
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