Nestled in a quiet country village on the outskirts of Somerset lies a house with architecture so rare the only other place you’ll see anything like it is in the Houses of Parliament. In fact, most of Whitestaunton Manor, listed Grade-I for architectural or historical interest, is older than that venerable institution; it’s even namechecked in the Domesday Book. Over the past five centuries, it has seen new outbuildings added, stables, a workshop and even a Japanese water garden. But it underwent its most transformative change under its current jewellery-designer owners.
“They have created this spectacular juxtaposition between traditional architecture and modern interiors,” says Ed Sugden, director in sales agent Savills’ Country Department. “It has undergone a ten-year, roof-down refurbishment in partnership with English Heritage and it’s won numerous awards for the work that has been done.” This partnership has seen the kitchen’s Roman masonry with top-of-the-range appliances, a 16th century fireplace paired with modern lighting and a Great Hall with a fully restored hammer beam roof; this speciality of English medieval carpentry is a method of building open timber roofs with no visible support, leaving a decorative criss-crossing effect. It’s thought to be the only roof of its kind in private hands – the only other prominent example of this quality is in the historic Westminster Hall, where heads of state are invited to address the Houses of Parliament.
This seven-bedroom house also comes with an impressive amount of outdoor space stocked with ancient copper beech trees and willows, a vegetable garden, an orchard of fruit trees and an al fresco dining terrace.
Guide price £6.75m. Call Ed Sugden at Savills’ London country department on 020 7016 3780.