Skelton Manor is a stunning Grade II* listed manor house, built between 1546 and 1552 on manorial land recorded in the Doomsday Book. The current owners have restored this historic house to provide a wonderful, modern family home with breath-taking period features. These include extensive oak panelling, unique carvings, spectacular friezes and a magnificently carved central oak staircase. Although the west wing has in the past provided a separate cottage, the current owners have incorporated this into one dwelling. A five-room annexe for a dependent relative would not be difficult to reinstate.
The entrance porch leads to a stunning reception hall which showcases the first of the many oak panelled walls. At the centre of this room is a fabulous Bodart and Gonay multi-fuel fire (with integrated convector fan) which can radiate up to 11kw. To one side of the hall is the dining room and to the other a beautiful sitting room. The hall and adjacent rooms are exceptionally light with large south facing windows overlooking the garden. The dining room has a splendid 16th century frieze decorated with carnations and pomegranates.
The kitchen is the heart of the house and boasts an inglenook with oilfired Aga, granite work surfaces, butlers sink, limestone floor and a large dresser offering plenty of storage space. Off the kitchen is a loggia with two sets of double doors opening on to the garden, giving a real sense of letting the outside in. To the other side of the kitchen there is a separate walk-in pantry. A rear passage leads to a secondary staircase, cellar, laundry room and WC, beyond which (and originally part of the attached cottage) is a study, south facing garden room and family room with another flight of stairs to the first floor.
The 17th century oak staircase which rises from the reception hall to the first floor has an exceptional double balustrade with six pairs of elaborately carved newels, each pair different from any other. From the landing, through an oak-panelled door surmounted by two 15th century bosses, is the original solar, now the drawing room, whose triple aspect south facing windows and window seats overlook the garden. Surrounding this room are thirty carved oak caryatids and atlantes, with overhead another sixteenth century beam frieze of oak leaves, acorns, roses and pomegranates. The Tudor decoration of this room is unique. It has immense character and charm. An adjacent library overlooks the rear courtyard. This too sports a unique plaster frieze of mermaids, mermen and dolphins. The prevalence of pomegranates throughout the house, and mermaids and dolphins in the library testify to the Catholicism of the house’s 16th century builders, and to their recusant support for the Stuart’s claim to the English throne. There are five spacious double bedrooms on the first floor, three with en-suite facilities, one single bedroom and a separate house bathroom.
Skelton Manor is approached through brick pillars and a gravelled drive. A pretty, antique fountain sits in the turning circle in front of the property. The garden is entirely walled, private and secluded with south-facing gardens boasting a large level lawn, attractive borders, mature trees and herbaceous plants. There is a gravelled garden area in front of the loggia with mature fruit trees leading to a pretty pond, beyond which is a breeze house and patio providing an ideal outside entertaining area. There are many wonderful places to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity it provides. A parallel drive runs down the side of the house to the rear courtyard which provides further parking as well as access to the outbuildings. These comprise garage with hayloft, fuel store and tack room. The current owners have use of an adjacent 3 acre paddock which may, subject to the owners’ agreement, be transferred.
Five reception rooms
Master bedroom with en-suite
Five further bedrooms (two en-suite)
Landscaped wall gardens and pond
Garage, tack room and fuel store
Property Features Include: Historic Home
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