…..The 10-bedroom mansion has the country’s highest historical designation
A sprawling centuries-old manor house in South West England has hit the market for £3.95 million (US$5.04 million).
Canonteign Manor, in a village close to Exeter in the county of Devon, was built more than 400 years ago, and was listed at the end of last month.
But from the early 1800s right up until the 1970s “it was almost derelict,” according to James Cooper, director of listing agency Fine & Country.
Yet original features like the fireplaces, stone flooring and stone mullioned windows survived.
A little more recently, in the 1970s, the home was purchased, restored and “really put back to a modern house,” Mr. Cooper said.
The owners purchased the home a couple of years ago, according to Mr. Cooper. “They’re not selling because they don’t enjoy it, it’s just not practical. They’re not here enough,” he said.
During their tenure they’ve updated the bathrooms, and completely restored the roof, he said. Due to its listed status, they couldn’t make any drastic changes to the property.
The 10-bedroom mansion is Grade I-listed, the highest of three historic designations that are given in England, meaning it is a property of exceptional interest.
“All the work they’ve done is preservation,” Mr. Cooper said. “All the character stuff is still there.”
Spanning 11,000 square feet, the manor has a formal sitting room, a study, a snooker room, exposed beams and a staff apartment. There are also steam and sauna facilities, a massage and treatment room, and outside—on the 10-acre grounds—a pool, according to the listing.
“It looks imposing and very grand, but it’s not cavernous inside,” Mr. Cooper said. “It’s got a homey feel bizarrely. People have been really impressed by that.”
House Beautiful first reported the listing.