A 400-year-old manor in the English countryside that once hosted King Charles II is on the market in the village of Hawkchurch in southwest England.
Wyld Court, a nearly 8,000-square-foot Elizabethan manor house nestled on about 17 acres of land, was built in 1593 with bits of the house possibly dating as far back as the 12th century, according to information on the National Heritage List for England.
The owners of the Grade II-listed home put the little slice of English history back on the market two weeks ago for £2.25 million (US$2.957 million).
Parts of the building, including a medieval timber window in the butler’s pantry, may date to the 12th century, when the property was part of the monastery Cerne Abbey, according to the listing with Oliver Custance Baker of Strutt & Parker, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.
Wyld Court is believed to have hosted King Charles II following his defeat at the 1651 Battle of Worcester during the English Civil War. The king fled to the area with the intention of escaping by boat via the English Channel to France. He stayed a night at the manor house in Hawkchurch, attracting an attack on the home’s western wing, according to the listing.
The room he supposedly stayed in is still called the King’s Bedroom—one of seven. There are also seven bathrooms.
The manor opens up into an impressive great hall, with flagstone floors and a stone fireplace, that is currently used as a dining room, Mr. Custance Baker said.
“It’s just a stunningly nice house,” he said.
There’s also a formal drawing room with a wood-burning stove, a large kitchen with an AGA range, a study, garden room and pool.
Fitting an Elizabethan-era home, the property includes a detached kitchen and bakery, which has been converted into into a sitting and games room with exposed stone walls and beams as well as an original bread oven.
The property also encompasses a carriage house and a number of stone barns and stables.
The current owners, who purchased the home four years ago, attained planning permits that would allow the next owner to convert the estate’s attractive outbuildings into six holiday cottages, making the estate a great investment for someone looking to let the buildings out to visitors or create a family compound, Mr. Custance Baker said.
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