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Yarnton Manor

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Yarnton Manor: handsome, historic, splendid – and on the market for £9 million. The Grade II* listed Jacobean house, that dates back to Norman times, is surely the finest period manor to go on sale for some time. The Oxfordshire dwelling is replete with tell-tale timely features from carved wooden fireside characters to decorative crests, fluted pilasters and obelisk finials. A tour de force of wood-panelled splendour – it would make for a most spectacular timepiece of a family home.

No stranger to famous faces, as the home of the wealthy Spencer family between 1580 and 1712, it played host to King Charles I. Safe in the protection of the Spencer family, he stayed at the Yarnton while he was escaping the siege of Oxford during the English Civil War of April 1946. A replica of Van Dyck’s Charles I on Horseback with Monsieur de St Antoine hangs in the main hall in tribute to the late King. Under the Spencer family, it was most notably owned by Sir Thomas, a politician who was elected as MP for Woodstock in 1660. He is the owner who can be credited for transforming it into one of the most splendid houses in the country at the time.

The gardens

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While the interiors are regal incarnate, the listed gardens are also something special. Sat within a 29.5 acre estate, the manor house is part of a sprawling portfolio that also includes an 18th century vicarage, a barn once used as a library, a manor farm and six detached cottages. It has been in educational use since the 1960s but Knight Frank, the estate agents charged with selling it, believe that with some ‘sympathetic updating’ it could work extremely well as a ‘beautiful family home’ amongst other uses that have been proposed by potential purchasers already.

The gardens and grounds of Yarnton Manor

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The location leaves little to be desired, located in the civil parish of Yarnton in Oxfordshire it is situated midway between the ‘dreaming spires’ of the university town and Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace.

In more recent times, in 1936, the manor was bought by Oxford University academic, George Kolkhorst, a friend of the late poet and writer, John Betjeman, who is said to have visited the house himself on multiple occasions. Not the only writer: the novelist Iris Murdoch also visited in 1939 as part of a touring theatre group. It will also star in CS Lewis’s film adaptation of The Most Reluctant Convert which will be released later this year.

The gardens include an elegant walled garden, terraces, walkways, an orchard, paddocks and woodland

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