UK property: 15-bed mansion and garden cottage under hammer for £400,000

A stunning 15-bedroom mansion is up for auction with a slew of other buildings and land for good measure. The main property has three floors and enjoys a wonderful rural location with surrounding woodland.

Its location offers beautiful views for anyone looking to escape the London landscape. Residents can see the beautiful Conwy Valley and Snowdonia National Park and the Llandudno coast are just minutes away.

Next to a Grade II listed mainly Georgian mansion there is 3.6 acres of land, a Grade II listed cottage, an outbuilding and a mobile classroom. Now all land and buildings will be auctioned with a guide price of £400,000, WalesOnline reported.

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There are stunning views from the elevated position of the property

Marle Hall, the main historic property that went under the hammer, has a fascinating past, including when a fire destroyed the roof of the house in the 18th century, according to Cadw, the Welsh Department of Historic Environment. At that time, the only habitable area was the east wing. A surviving beam in the hall dates the property to 1661 when it was built for Sir Hugh Williams, 5th Baronet of Penrhyn.

The veranda would be a perfect place to socialize in the summer

Most of the house that remains today is an early 18th century Georgian extension. In 1950 the property was declared Grade II for its “particular architectural interest as an early 20th century convalescent home of definite character, with a significant earlier origin as a country house”.

The historic features of the property have been retained

In 1903 the mansion was renovated with extensions and opened as a convalescent home, then converted into a retirement home in 1965. Warwickshire County Council bought the house in 1971 and used it as a center for learning in outdoors for school trips. In October 2021, the center closed.

Now the mansion is going under the hammer with a list price of just £400,000, although it is likely to fetch more. The Georgian facade and glass covered veranda are just a few of the stunning features of the property.

There are Tudor elements in the house

The interior is currently fitted out to be an outdoor center but there are period features which date back to Tudor times which means it could make for a characterful home.

The entrance hall is pierced by a grand staircase with woodwork, newel posts and Jacobean-style balusters. There are also beautiful stained glass panels in the room.

The communal dining area would be a great place to entertain

Highlights of the house include exposed beams, a fireplace and a carved stone archway. A look at the ceiling and you can see the historic multi-layered cornice, and there is beautiful wooden flooring in the reception rooms.

Daylight streams in through the large Georgian windows, highlighting the property’s white and blue color scheme. The interior design is currently minimal, for its past commercial use, but could easily be redecorated. The kitchen and dining areas are huge, accompanied by classrooms, offices and living rooms.

There is a huge commercial kitchen

Two floors are dedicated to dormitories, toilets and classrooms and, downstairs, there is also a basement. Outbuildings are part of the ensemble, including a Grade II listed cottage with more exposed beams, another fireplace and even three bedrooms.

The three-bed garden cottage has period charm and is Grade II listed

The entire property, once returned to residential status, could make a quaint home as it currently has C2 use (for hospitals, nursing homes, boarding schools or training centres). With building permit, the house could be modified.

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The agent selling the property suggests that Marle Hall could make a boutique hotel or an apartment complex. The house is up for auction with a guide price of £400,000. It will go under the hammer on March 2 with Savills, National Auctions.

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