By Ruth Doherty published
A beautiful country property that was once owned by Henry VIII has gone on the market for £875,000.
Llanthony Secunda Manor is a medieval Grade II-listed property steeped in history. Commissioned to be built by Llanthony Priory, the property was constructed in the early 1200s as a Grange Farm building and further extended in the 15th century.
The characterful home is believed to have once been owned by Henry VIII during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536-41. In more recent years the property has been utilised as a much-loved family home and as a well-appointed holiday let, after being fully renovated by the current owner. The renovation works have been carried out sympathetically offering modern living whilst retaining the original features and overall charm of the build.
Approached via a private driveway with parking for plenty of vehicles and with a detached garage, the property is set in mature level gardens offering a private position. With much of the garden bounded by mature hedging and stone walls, there’s a quiet and peaceful feel, while the village is just a stone’s throw away.
Internally, the house retains many original features, including a 15th century bread oven recessed in the kitchen breakfast room and original exposed wooden beams, flooring and medieval stonework details surrounding many of the windows.
The ground floor comprises of three reception rooms, a charming kitchen and breakfast room, while also benefiting from a ground floor w/c, store room and scullery.
The first floor is accessed by three separate staircases, offering the Great Hall dining area and separate library room. Off the Great Hall there is access to the master bedroom with en-suite. From the main landing, which opens to a spacious reception room landing, there's a first floor laundry/utility room, family bathroom and store room.
The second floor is accessed from a stone spiral staircase from the Great Hall and there are three further bedrooms one with en-suite and a separate family room.
Laura Howard, Zoopla Consumer Expert, comments:‘Property doesn't come much more historic than this. Built in 1205, and extended during the 15th century, this five-bedroom detached house in south Wales – Llanthony Secunda Manor – is believed to have been owned by none other than KingHenryVIIIduring the dissolution of the monasteries.'
She continues: ‘Among the medieval fireplaces, spiral stone staircases and lead windows, you will find plenty of modern conveniences. So, unless you really want to play the part, there's no need to roast your chicken over the open fire.’
The house is on sale for £875,000 via Zoopla.
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Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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