Become lord or lady of the manor in this fabulous Tudor home with far-reaching views, which is as grand inside as it is on the outside
Sometimes a property will emerge on the market which highlights so many things that are wonderful about the Welsh Borders.
Orleton Manor is surely one of these. Situated close to Herefordshire’s Black and White Village Trail, there can be few finer examples of a historic timber building than this. Built in the 16th century, it once housed Thomas Blount – a renowned lexicographer who once published a dictionary specifically for difficult words.
The building is set amid delightful countryside, enjoying views of the rolling rural landscape that typifies the region.
The Grade II-listed building has plenty of land of its own – more than 18 acres in total – with a lovely blend of paddocks, mature trees, mostly lawned landscaped gardens and orchards. The manor also has two ponds, one of which is used by the current owners for swimming and paddleboarding.
There’s a large walled garden behind the house, which has space for new outbuildings or even additional homes, should planning authorities give you the thumbs up.
There’s already permission to build a triple garage, plus additional bedrooms in the attic, not that you’ll need any more – there are eight bedrooms already, one with an en-suite shower room, a vaulted ceiling, oak panelled walls and a grand fireplace.
The ground floor features an open plan kitchen and dining room with lovely views, and double doors leading to a patio and the gardens.
The drawing room has flagstone floors and an open fireplace, while there’s also a separate sitting room, study and games room, making it easy to entertain guests or to find your own space even if you’re part of a large family.
The real modern touch to the home is the oak-framed garden room extension, built by the current owners, that has full-length glazed windows letting in plenty of natural light and featuring fine views.
The house is in the village of Orleton – a gorgeous little place with two pubs, a shop and a primary school, located close to the Shropshire border. It’s just 15 minutes from the town of Ludlow, the same distance from Leominster and 40 minutes from Hereford.
If you have a large family or would like to entertain guests in fine style, then Orleton Manor might provide the glamour and the space you’re looking for.
At a glance
Orleton Manor: A spacious 16th-century house with original features and lots of land
Bedrooms: Eight in total – one with en-suite shower room
Land: Around 18.5 acres of paddocks, orchards and landscaped gardens
Location: North Herefordshire – six miles from Ludlow and Leominster
Price: Guide price of £1.2 million
Interested? Contact Strutt and Parker. Tel: 01584 873711; www.struttandparker.com
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