One of Hertfordshire's most impressive historic homes has come onto the market for the first time in more than half a century.
Manor Farm, in the village of Barkway near Royston, is thought to date back to late Elizabethan times and is included in noted historian Nikolaus Pevsner's 'Architectural Guide to British Houses - the Buildings of Britain 1951-1974'. The nine bedroom house comes with an additional cottage and barn, outbuildings, formal gardens and paddocks, on a site measuring over six acres.
William Wells, Residential Director of selling agent Mullucks. Wells said: "This is an imposing, important and beautiful property, with all the feel of a country house, but with all the benefits of living within a thriving village. It represents the perfect escape from city life, with the ideal environment to work from home, and yet have easy access when required via the M11 to both London and Cambridge."
Tucked away behind the High Street in Barkway, the house was last renovated 50 years ago and now needs considerable work. But the faded grandeur cannot obscure the stunning entrance hall and staircase, along with the substantial south facing bow windows.
Upstairs, reached by a galleried landing, there is a bedroom with a vast vaulted ceiling on the second floor - widely thought to have been used as a private chapel for the owners or a court room in the reign of James 1.
A letter dated 19 September 1973 from G Moodey, then Secretary of the Hertfordshire Historical Society, to Baron Dimsdale says: "The Manor House is especially fascinating and I am sure there is still a lot to be discovered there. Although the RCHM report says it is 17th century, I would date it as late Elizabethan myself, from the shape of the gable and massive window mullions of brick plastered to imitate stone. The Chapel Room (on the top floor) was probably where the Rectory Manor Court was held after the dissolution of the monasteries."
Outside, the established fromal gardens and stone terrace lead to more than six acres of grounds, which include a three bedroomed cottage incorporated into a barn, outbuildings, stables and the remains of a tennis court.
William Wells adds: "Historically, the property has been an important house within the village and continues to be so to this day. The sale represents a rare and exceptional opportunity to become the custodian of a significant, handsome and historic village home."