One of the finest moated manor houses in England, nestling in a lovely setting, boasting excellent period gardens.
The house has been described as ‘the perfect late medieval manor house’, and it is not hard to see why. The manor occupies an island hemmed in on all sides by a wide moat, where swans float peacefully. There are three ranges, or wings of the manor arranged around a lovely courtyard garden. At one time there was a fourth side on the west, making a square, but the west range was demolished in the 18th century.
The house is approached over a two-arched bridge leading to an imposing gatehouse with a large Elizabethan window above the entrance. Walk through the entrance, and you find yourself in a small, formal garden surrounded on three sides by the wings of the manor, and on the fourth by the moat.
The manor at was probably begun in the 14th century, though there are no exact records to verify the date. It is indeed possible that the moat dates back to the 13th century. The house we see today was built in the 15th century, and has remained essentially unchanged since the 1630s.
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