The Cotswolds is a favorite spot for second homes among well-heeled Londoners. Edgeworth Manor is a quintessential estate in the heart of the area, boasting 56 acres of land, the Grade II* manor house built of the characteristic golden local stone, as well as a lodge, coach house, and cottage. And now the property is for sale, asking $20.4 million via Ed Sugden and Sebastian Hipwood at Savills and Bruce Tolmie-Thomson and Rose Lawson at Knight Frank.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the Manor of Edgeworth was originally granted to the de Lacy family; the name possibly derives from the steep wooded valley it overlooks. (In this case, “manor” refers to the land, not to the house itself.) The estate passed to Cecily de Lacy upon her marriage to Roger of Gloucester, Earl of Hereford, in 1136. A manor house at Edgeworth is first recorded in 1358. While some evidence of a medieval building is extant, the oldest part of the present building dates from 1685 with later additions. It survived as an estate of over 1,500 acres until midway through the 20th century.
Today, says Ed Sugden, director of Savills country department, “The present owner has created a family home that is beautifully appointed, warm and inviting as well as providing the ability to entertain on a grand scale. The combination of stunning architecture, the very best amenities and prime location is something that is really quite rare to find.”
Edgeworth has been “restored by the current owners to preserve the home’s period features, including its ornately carved ceilings and fireplaces,” said Bruce Tolmie-Thomson of Knight Frank. “The dining room provides an atmospheric and dramatic space to entertain, with a barreled ceiling depicting the four British nations, 17th-century paneling and a stone fireplace with an exquisitely carved Elizabethan overmantle.”
Entering through the thickly studded oak door, the visitor will find an entrance hall, the baronial hall, a sitting room, a kitchen breakfast room with Aga, a dining room, study, and a half-bathroom. The 19,494 square foot manor includes nine bedrooms and six bathrooms in all. The master suite is on the second floor, with an en-suite bathroom, another bedroom or dressing room, another bathroom, and a walk-through wardrobe. A guest bedroom is also en-suite, and there are two more bedrooms, a family bathroom, and a butler’s pantry on the second level.
The third floor, which could be used for staff or guests, includes another kitchen, sitting room, four more bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a powder room. The lower level boasts the home cinema/games room (with a rather lovely Fortuny lampshade), library, flower room, scullery, larder, utility room, boiler room, estate office, and wine cellar.
Outside is the swimming pool pavilion, greenhouse, orangery, chapel, tractor store, garage, woodshed, stable, tack room, and workshop. The coach house, north lodge and keeper’s cottage all include kitchens and sitting rooms. The coach house offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms; the north lodge three bedrooms and one bathroom; and the keeper’s cottage four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
There is also a summerhouse, walled kitchen garden, meadows, a woodland, a lake, and a helipad on the grounds—perfect for the City go-getter.
Bruce Tolmie-Thomson concludes, “Despite the Manor’s historic provenance and expansive square footage, this is very much a home, designed to be lived in and enjoyed, as evidenced by the cozy kitchen and the welcoming sitting room with original paneling, bookcases and inviting alcoves. … This is one of the best-presented properties I have seen in my career, a true rarity which no doubt will receive significant interest from both domestic and overseas parties.”