Property flirt! Can you guess the price?
Need to escape your own home for a few minutes? Here, have a virtual meander around this Tudor beauty, a 16th century Manor House surrounded by bucolic idyll.
Not played Property Flirt before? Welcome to one of the most popular bits on Muddy Stilettos, where I show you around a gorgeous Devon pile, you guess the price and if you get it right, I give you the keys *jokes!*.
Get the idea? Let’s have a nosey at a lust-worthy Grade II listed Elizabethan Manor I’ve found, Widworthy Barton, with more period features than a Hillary Mantel novel.
You always know a house is posh when it’s got the same name as its location and indeed, it’s located at Widworthy, an East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We’re talking unspoilt countryside but it’s just five miles from Honiton with its commuter-friendly road links of A30 and A35. The beaches of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast are only 8 miles away and, when you’re in need of a culture-fix, Exeter, with its theatres, boutiques and bars, is just a 23-mile tootle down the dual carriageway.
But never mind the road network, let’s take a closer look at this charming Tudor hunk which is beckoning winsomely with its inviting gravel drive, 43 acres and traditional barns and outbuildings, ripe and juicy for conversion.
Well-built in classic Tudor style, the accommodation surrounds a central inner cobbled courtyard. But while some of its features date back to the Domesday Book, thanks a recent refurbishment, it comes with the comfort of mod cons, including a biomass boiler, new electrics and heating. And did I mention the swimming pool? (We’ll come to that later.)
Now we’ve had a good gawp at the exterior, let’s go in…
The grand entrance porch opens into a reception hall, to the right of which is the Great Hall, the grandest room on the ground floor.
As you’d expect from a 16th century property, the Great Hall has a grand fireplace made with Beer stone, a double height ceiling and stunning ornamental plasterwork. Back in the day, this space would host court and grand banquets AKA it’s a great party space.
Upstairs there is the Long Room, a spectacular reception room with a decorative ceiling, an impressive fireplace and a raised gallery for when you want to play the lute – or spy on the kids – or both.
The kitchen is a nice blend of old and new, with beams, and a huge alcove for cooking in, plus modern appliances and stylish units with a central island for entertaining, but as you’d expect in a property of this size, there’s also a utility, boot room, boiler room and cloak room.
When you’re not hosting fabulous parties in the Great Hall, you can relax in a cosy sitting room, complete with flickering wood burner.
If I was you I’d bagsy the office now, with its light and airy space, views out over the garden and perfect for working for home.
And – go pop that corn! – in a modern contrast to the Great Hall, we bring you a Cinema Room, perfect for family film nights and keeping the kids from bickering on rainy days.
Wondering about the sleeping arrangements? Two of the seven bedrooms are downstairs, both double, and serviced by a Jack and Jill bathroom, with five further double bedrooms and three contemporary bathrooms on the first floor.
Now to outside where among your 43 acres, you’ll find seclusion with mature plants and formal walled gardens, fields and a bluebell wood.
You can ditch the gym membership because when you want to get active, there’s a tennis court and who needs wild swimming when you’ve got a swish swimming pool, 1.25m-deep and heated.
So, plenty of room to spread out, but if that’s not enough – or you’re thinking of going in with the parents – there’s the option to purchase Orchardleigh Cottage, a detached 2-bed some distance from the Manor House. Maybe an Airbnb side hustle?
Fancy buying yourself into this life? Yeah me too (*dabs eyes gently*). But how much will it cost you? No cheating now, take a guess in the comments below and then see how close you get.