To the Manor Born

Symonds & Sampson are delighted to be offering one of the finest Manor Houses in Dorset, Richard Taylor knows it well.

To the Manor Born

The Manor House is a delightful Grade II listed house, approached through its park, ideally set and surrounded by its own undulating pasture and woodland.

Built in 1804 to incorporate an earlier seventeenth century house, the symmetrical elevations have tall sash windows and a central porch under a dormered roofline. These combine successfully with the stone mullioned and leaded lights of the earlier house which now forms a wing to the Georgian Manor.

An open porch leads into the reception hall which provides a feeling of great space being a double height room with large inglenook fireplace and housing the broad oak staircase. It opens into the superb circular hall with its double arch framing the circular print gallery and further enhanced by its stone floor, fluted architraves and ceiling rose. From here the principal rooms revolve.

The drawing room, dining room and sitting room provide a trio of excellent rooms, all with fine ceiling mouldings and chimney pieces containing open fires and window seats with views onto the parkland. The drawing room has a fitted display cabinet; there are fitted bookcases in the sitting room and the dining room has French doors to the garden and a door to the butler’s pantry which in turn leads to the kitchen/breakfast room. This room is ideally placed and forms the hub of the house with its 4-oven Aga. A large room with open vaulted ceiling ensuring the feeling of spaciousness. A rear hall is served by access from the reception hall, the circular hall and door to the rear garden. Beyond is the flower/boot room. There is a cloakroom on the ground floor and access to the cellars which provide wine bins, plant room and a store room.

A galleried landing overlooks the reception hall at first floor height. Stairs rise to the main landing which serves the first-floor bedrooms and has an oval stained-glass window. The master bedroom suite has a fireplace and double aspect with window seats (a feature being that all of the bedrooms benefit from double aspects) and an en-suite bathroom. There is a guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom and two further bedrooms which share an en-suite bathroom.

The second floor has a spacious landing with a guest bedroom and an en-suite bathroom. There are two further bedrooms and a bathroom.

Established and colourful gardens surround the house and are separated from the parkland by estate railings with gates to the drive. Beech and Holme oak trees stand on an oval lawn which forms the turning circle. A clipped yew hedge bounds the drive and the lawns which sweep around the south west façade and an open area of garden with former grass tennis lawn to the east with a magnificent cedar tree. Further trees including London plane, oaks and limes leading into the parkland. A wide flagstone terrace borders the house and can be accessed from the circular hall and the dining room with scent and colour provided by lavender, hydrangea and fuchsias. The open lawn leads to a water Garden. The walled kitchen garden has a wisteria clad entrance. The rear garden has a path linking the estate yard to the walled garden.

There is a two-bedroom cottage, in need of complete refurbishment.  Estate Office. Coach House with stalls. Attached carport, a workshop and garaging for three cars. The stables are arranged as two buildings. Hay barn.

Undulating pastureland forms the majority of the 87.55 acres (35.42 ha) holding and currently utilised for grazing purposes. There is woodland and copse, providing opportunity for the environmental enthusiast.

History  The manor of Glanvilles Wootton was established in the twelfth century by the de Glannvyl family. Of the Manor House the original 17th century section is believed to have been built by the Williams family and the 1804 house built for James Dale of Blandford. During the 20th century the property was home to a branch of the Debenham family from whom the manor house was purchased during the 1980’s.

For Sale with a Guide of £4,750,000, contact Joint Agents Richard Taylor of Symonds & Sampson Dorchester 01305 261008 or Strutt & Parker London 0207 6297282


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