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Grade II* manor house near the Somerset coast

Mention of a manor on this site goes back to 1266 and there has clearly been a house here for centuries. Built of mellow red standstone with mullion windows under a clay tile roof, this Old Manor House dates back to the 15th century.

A full height gabled porch and Tudor arch entrance come with the impressive studded oak front door; the interiors contain many interesting architectural features which give it a historic charm while also providing extremely comfortable family accommodation.

Arranged over two floors, the rooms are both easy to entertain in, and perfect for relaxing. The Great Hall has a stone inglenook fireplace, exposed beams and polished flagstone floors, as does a more intimate sitting room. A study and an office are also on the ground floor, together with the wonderful farmhouse kitchen – a useful bedroom/bathroom combination is also a handy addition to the ground floor.

Upstairs is the solar, which is on two levels and contains a number of magnificent arch braced beams which makes for a perfect drawing room with two fine Ham stone fireplaces. Approached from the landing is the chapel. Three out of the four bedrooms on the upper level are en-suite.

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Outside, with a separate entrance, is The Pavilion, an Edwardian building with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, dining hall, sitting room kitchen/breakfast room, and two bathrooms. There is also a useful range of ancillary buildings including stone stables with three loose boxes as well as a fine old barn which has had a variety of uses through the years.

The gardens are a feature of the property and include a fantastic rose garden; indeed wonderful roses are found throughout the property’s gardens which are divided into different varied areas. A new orchard has recently been walled and the arboretum has a fine variety of old trees. A paddock lies to the south and a large triangular field is laid to pasture on the west – the land comes to seven acres.

The Old Manor is situated just a mile to the north of the village of Dunster on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, and within walking distance of Dunster beach. The village itself is one of the prettiest in Somerset and has a thriving community. Minehead is just two miles for further amenities.

The guide price is £1.3m. For further information please contact Strutt & Parker on 01392 229 400 or visit

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