This handsome country pile has royal connections dating back to the 15th Century.
This six-bedroom residence in Warwickshire, Claverdon Hall, represents a unique piece of English history. While it has had many upgrades through the centuries, this house is known to have been lived in during the reign of Richard III in the 15th Century and later leased from Henry VIII.
However its roots go back to Saxon times, pre-Conquest, though the earliest parts of the existing hall would be 400 years or so later. A Claverdon Hall is recorded in 1485 though it is possible that its origins were even older than that.
The ground floor has oak panelling and deep oak framed leaded light windows, flagstone flooring, exposed ceiling and wall beams. There are several fireplaces including an inglenook with wood burning stove. A panelled oak door in the under stairs store is rumoured to have been a priest hole in the Reformation period, a hiding place for a Catholic priest built into many of the important Catholic homes of England during the period, when Catholics were persecuted by law.
Legend has it that the Hall could have linked to the old stone tower in Manor Lane via an underground passage.
Upstairs and throughout all of the rooms there are deep oak framed windows with panoramic views over the Warwickshire countryside. There are two staircases and six double bedrooms, two with en-suite facilities and also a family bathroom. The master bedroom suite has a heavy ceiling beam, stone fireplace and oak mantel and leads to an en-suite and through to a dressing room.
There is almost 10,000 sq ft (929 sq m) of space, and over 4.5 acres of easily manageable land, making it a perfect country retreat. There are just over 4000 sq ft (372 sq m) of flexible outbuildings available including detached brick and tile barn, brick and tile stable block, gardener’s store and workshop. There is also a four car garage block, tack room, bike store and coach house. There is the recreation and games room which has undergone extensive refurbishment offering a range of uses from an office to gymnasium.
Entered through a secure wrought iron gate there are approximately 4.5 acres of grounds including gardens and paddock. The gardens are beautifully maintained with a croquet lawn and surrounded by a selection of mixed shrubs and borders. There is also an all-weather tennis court and we understand there to be the option of acquiring further land if desired.
The country pile is located in Lye Green, Warwickshire within the ‘golden triangle’ between Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Henley in Arden. From here it is easily accessible to London – taking just an hour by train, perfect for Londoners looking for a country retreat or to make a family move out of the Capital.
Clavendon Hall is on the markets at offers over £3m with Sotheby's International.