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Gorgeous Grade II listed estate in Wiltshire

Holt Manor has a colourful history which dates back to the 12th century and resides in the heart of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

Built in the 17th century Holt Manor evokes a sense of its majesty and opulence as it proudly stands in amongst elegantly tended gardens. This gorgeous country house was first mentioned in the records of Shaftesbury Abbey in the 12th century and was farmed by the De Holte family for many subsequent years. The Estate then passed through various important hands until it reached the De Lisle family who owned the property for a further 350 years. It is believed that the current manor house was built by Edward De Lisle in the 17th century. More recently, the Manor house has been owned by Giles Clarke, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, which probably accounts for the cherished cricket pitch which sits on the ground.

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Through dramatic entrance gates we are led up the gravel drive to the imposing property. Constructed in traditional stone from the nearby area and sheltered by an impressive welsh slate, pitched roof. The building immediately draws in the eye and one can’t help but notice the way the plants which clothe the walls subtly embed it into the surrounding countryside. The impressive entrance hall includes a grandiose cantilevered staircase with a galleried landing and opens into the enormous principal drawing room featuring five french doors which open out onto a lovely terraced area overlooking the gardens. The blend of traditional and contemporary is executed perfectly and enhances many of the talking points of the house including original sash windows, high ceilings and exposed beams. The property also features five reception rooms, gym, libray, cellar and the notable kitchen is fully equipped for modern life.

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The master bedroom, with ensuite and large dressing room offers incredible views over the 94 acres of gardens and parkland and is most stunning as it is flooded in the light of the early morning. There are a further 8 large bedrooms over the first and second floors. The Manor house which is rooted in an elevated position at the core of the encompassing gardens is set on the edge of the peaceful village of Holt and is boasts a sense of seclusion and privacy. The walled, Italianate gardens diffuse outwardly from the manor house and feature immaculate lawns and patio areas and beyond them stands an arboretum made up of mature deciduous trees for tranquil woodland walks. Also included in the property is the famed cricket pitch with pavillion, tennis courts as well as numerous outbuildings including a former brew house, two sets of stone-built stable blocks and a large stone barn. There also sits a 5 bedroom dower house and 2 bedroom lodge house which could be used for visiting guests or on site staff.

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Holt Manor is one of a few historic estates in a very sought after part of England. Situated 3 miles from Bradford on Avon which is renowned for its georgian architecture and bridge over the River Avon and 10 miles from the shops, bars and businesses of Bath. The area is also esteemed for its outstanding schooling with Stonar school less than three miles away aas well as many other illustrious independent schools in the nearby area. Direct transport to London Paddington from either Bath Spa or Chippenham takes just over an hour.

The guide price is £5,950,000. For further information please contact Strutt & Parker on +44 (0)20 7318 5190.

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