The sale of historic, Grade I-listed Whitton Court near Ludlow, Shropshire, at a guide price of £3.35m through the Shrewsbury office of Strutt & Parker (01743 284200), is a rare opportunity to acquire a magnificent Shropshire manor house with 74 acres of gardens and parkland.

The picturesque small estate is partly self-financing, thanks to the income generated by 16 cottages converted from former estate buildings by the owner and her late husband, who bought Whitton Court some 30 years ago. The manor dates from the 14th century, but date-stones of 1611 and 1635 on the front façade suggests that this part of the house was rebuilt by Robert Charlton, who bought the manor in 1610. It remained in his family until 1835.

  

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Set against the backdrop of the Shropshire Hills and the Welsh Marshes, Whitton Court, which now needs some updating, has some wonderfully impressive rooms on the two main floors, as well as a second-floor flat and a self-contained staff cottage. The jewels in its crown are the splendid dining hall, separated from the entrance by a thick, panelled screen of black oak, whose stone-mullioned windows and fine panelling are echoed in the sitting room and the white drawing room. Two staircases either side of the dining hall lead to the first floor solar, the master suite, three further bedrooms and three bathrooms.

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