Historic Tudor manor in a picturesque village

Steeped in history, The Manor at Yelvertoft is no stranger to either celebrity or notoriety.Oliver Cromwell slept here in June 1645 on the eve of the Battle of Naseby, and renowned actor George Robey, painter Augustus John and conductor Toscanini have also graced the halls.Notoriety was secured in 1922 when the property’s then owner Mr Malcolm, awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery, secured his place in the history books for entering a plea of self-defence and being acquitted at the Old Bailey of murdering his wife’s lover.Partly Tudor with later additions, including a two-storey extension to the rear, this 16th century listed manor house in Northamptonshire is a rarity indeed.The original stone porch and oak front door set a stately tone which continues throughout the house.The reception hall has oak flooring, panelling and an oak staircase to a galleried landing. Downstairs, four reception rooms retain many beautiful period features from the era.The drawing room has a box bay window overlooking the garden. The dining room has stone mullion windows and the sitting room in the new extension has bi-fold doors leading into the garden.The family/breakfast room is open-plan to the kitchen.All four rooms have original fireplaces.Upstairs are seven bedrooms, five of which feature original fire places.

"Oliver Cromwell was one of many famous people to have stayed at wonderful home"

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Contemporary features include four designer bathrooms and a modern kitchen complete with an Aga.Air conditioning in the cellar currently suits its purpose as a gymnasium.An adjoining two bedroomed coach house dating from 1893 provides a further 2,099 square feet of living space and could be used as an annexe or ancillary guest accommodation to the main house.There is a stable block of five stables, a tack room with storage, a garage, paddocks and gardens with a tree-lined avenue leading to the church, where the owners have dedicated pews.The Manor sits in 4.8 acres on the edge of the pretty village of Yelvertoft in the county of Northamptonshire, described in Country Life as “the often-overlooked county of squires, spires and outstanding schools”. Yelvertoft itself is over-flowing with amenities, with towns Rugby and Daventry just 10 miles away.Trains from Rugby to London take under an hour.

The property is availabe at £2,150,000.For further information, telephone Michael Graham on 01604 611011 or visit the website michaelgraham.co.uk