Take a walk on the wildlife side at Eastcote Manor, DM & Co. Premium’s latest prestige country property

DM & Co. Premium has unveiled its latest magnificent mansion – a £2.5 million estate in Hampton-in-Arden, near Solihull, that has everything from an outdoor heated pool to its own woods for dog walking and communing with nature.

Dating from the latter part of the reign of Elizabeth I, Eastcote Manor is a Grade II listed property in its own parkland that has been in the hands of the current owners for the past 17 years.

Believed to have been built in the 1580s or 1590s, but with oak beams in the attic area from an early era thought to originate from one of Nelson’s “ships of the line”, Eastcote Manor consists of two substantial properties – The Manor House and The Clock House.

The main property of 4,531 sq ft, The Manor House, offers six bedrooms plus a dressing room or extra bedroom, with two large bathrooms and a fitted study area at the end of the first floor.

But a major plus that adds to the attraction of Eastcote Manor is a substantial 2,240 sq ft conversion of what was originally the coach house into The Clock House.

This provides a further two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and is perfect for guests or, in the longer term, an ideal home for older relatives.

The views from either property are spectacular, whether looking over the outdoor pool area or into and across the carefully nurtured woodland, home to many varieties of wildlife including, currently, two pairs of buzzards.

Kathy Griffiths, Head of Premium at DM & Co. Homes, said: “This is most definitely what is described in earlier sales details as ‘a well-appointed gentleman’s residence’!

“From its ship’s timbers oak roof trusses to the 800 bottle wine cellar in the basement, to the 6.6 acres of parkland where it sits and the views over countryside in all directions, it is a property that is simply steeped in history.

“The current owners have clearly been mindful of both the need to maintain the property’s heritage, but also equip it for a modern lifestyle.

“However, in every aspect of regular maintenance and improvement, Eastcote Manor’s development has been completely in keeping with its history.”

And it’s not just the bricks and mortar that ooze history. Rising up the south face of the main building is a wisteria climber that is at least 120 years old.

Kathy added: “As if the spectacular gardens, woods and parkland were not enough, the wisteria covering much of the external wall of The Manor House comes into beautiful blossom every year.”

Eastcote Manor is approached off Barston Lane via remote controlled electric gates leading on to a sweeping drive that leads around to the front door of the property on a gravel drive with island of established plants and flowers.

Entering through the covered porch and front door into the reception hall, the eye is immediately drawn to the original Minton flooring tiles, and the walk-in cloakroom area also has black and white tiling in keeping with the origins of The Manor House.

Leading off the main hallway are a large stylish drawing room with Georgian era fireplace, sitting room and substantial formal dining room.

The aptly-named garden room provides views of the planted terraces, gardens and parkland beyond.

The kitchen has a contemporary, but in keeping, feel with an AGA, and leads into a traditional laundry room complete with Victorian-style pulley hoisted ceiling clothes airer.

In addition to the two bedrooms and two bathrooms, The Clock House has on the ground floor a reception hall, guest cloakroom, dining kitchen area and comfortable lounge looking out on the planted terraced area between The Manor House and the pool area, with an arbour covered in foliage and flowers which is perfect in summer months for reading and enjoying a glass or wine or two.

Kathy Griffiths said: “This is a property that simply oozes history and heritage, but is beautifully styled and presented to modern tastes while offering a vast amount of space both outside and inside for a large family.

“The beauty of The Clock House is that someone in their later years can live mostly independently but with the security of family literally steps away, or it becomes the perfect business premises with separate gated entrance.”

Unsubstantiated local rumours have it that Queen Mary stayed for one night in Eastcote Manor on her way to her eventual execution at Fotheringay Castle.

A beautiful skylight depicts “Mary Queen of Scots, Cousin to Elizabeth I” and was commissioned to mark the New Millennium and was unveiled in November 2000.

But whatever the truth of the story, someone will soon be able to revel in the beautifully maintained accommodation in grounds that were made for dog lovers and those who enjoy the countryside to the full.

More details are available at 7 bed detached house for sale in Barston Lane, Hampton in Arden, B92 (ref: 540523) (dmandcohomes.co.uk), or by calling 01564 777314 option 4 for the Premium Department.

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For further information, please contact: 

Kathy Griffiths, Head of Premium, DM & Co. Homes

T: 01564 777 314 E: Kathy.griffiths@dmandcohomes.co.uk

Unit 2, Forest Court Shopping Centre, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8FG


Editors’ notes:

DM & Co. Homes is a local, independent estate agent covering Solihull, Dorridge, Lapworth, Tanworth-in-Arden and the surrounding areas.

The company has traditional high street offices at The Forest Shopping Centre, Station Road in Dorridge and at The Pavilions, Cranmore Drive in Solihull, along with a recently launched Land and New Homes division that is quickly growing.

It has made a major investment in its head office, based on Cranmore Drive, where its land & new homes, lettings, financial advisors, sales progressors and administration teams are based.

DM & Co. Home’s media team also operates from the Cranmore Drive offices, providing photography, video and content planning that attracts more than 100,000 views a month via YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.