A medieval Cotswold mansion with a great room


The Grade II * listed Little Wolford Manor is a historic gem set in 34 acres of gardens and pasture on the edge of the Cotswolds AONB in ​​South Warwickshire.

An April 1957 play in the now defunct The Antique Collector describes Little Wolford Manor, in the timeless and timeless South Warwickshire village of Little Wolford, as a house “ of the truest Cotswold type … a gem of rural Cotswold craftsmanship with many well-preserved features in wood and stone ”.

That same year Guy and Diana Ward, the parents of the current owners, purchased the exquisite Grade II * listed mansion, which is now on the market with Jackson-Stops in Chipping Campden, at a indicative price. of £ 5million.

According to its List of Historic England, the current house dates from the late 15th or early 16th century, and although there were additions in the 16th, 17th and 20th centuries, Little Wolford Manor still follows the medieval plan. original, its focal point being the great room with its vaulted roof and hammer beams, its minstrels gallery and its huge fireplace.

To the west of the hall, an interior hall leads to the dining room, formerly the original kitchen. Beyond is the living room, added as part of the 1935 restoration, which has a 16th century fireplace and three windows, one a bay with a seat and superb views over the valley to the nearby village of Great Wolford and the surrounding Cotswold hills. Of exceptional interest is the original 15th century oak screen with its long panels sunk deep into the frame and arched doors.

Little Wolford Manor

The upper floor is arranged in two parts, the first being approached by a well-trodden stone spiral staircase, believed to be stained with blood spilled in the Civil War Battle of Edgehill, fought nearby in 1642. quarters, now a paneled guest bedroom with a separate bathroom.

Little Wolford Manor

A second staircase leads from the interior hall to the master bedroom including the master bedroom which has limed oak wood paneling, a stone fireplace and views to die for over the garden and grounds. A door leads to the walk-in closet and adjoining bathroom – the only major modification made by the Ward family during their 64-year tenure. There are six further bedrooms and two further bathrooms on this floor, with another bedroom upstairs in the attic above.

Little Wolford Manor

The pretty Tudor style lodge is currently occupied on a service hire by the gardener, who can be available for continued employment if required. The existing grazing permit on all three paddocks can be terminated prior to completion, although the license holder would be willing to continue if the buyer wishes. The land is to the north and west of the house and slopes down to a stream at the western boundary.

The manor house’s 5½ acres of manicured gardens are set in expansive lawns, interspersed with mature trees and flower borders leading to a ha-ha with stunning views over the Great Wolford paddocks. To the south of the great room is a charming garden with a rose garden next to it. To the left of the back driveway is an open grassed area with ample space for a pool and stable yard.

Little Wolford Manor is on sale for £ 5million via Jackson Stops – see more pictures or ask the agent for more details.

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