An ancient house with royal connections and land has for centuries been something to which the English aspire. Often much reduced in size or, in this case of smaller houses, added to over the centuries, owners have to make numerous tough decisions about the future of such properties.
This house bankrupted its builder in the sixteenth century, and later much of the enormous building was demolished. Even so, a sizable portion remained, which was again extended in the 1800s. It has been owned by the same family ever since. The current family recognizes and enjoy the ups and downs of living in a historic house, including the fact that today such a house and garden have to pay their own way.
Restoration is a constant consideration, with much of the investment going unseen into roof repairs of renewing electrical systems, but a great deal of the extraordinary charm of old houses lies in the many surviving layers of previous generations pictures, furniture and fabrics.
Bathrooms and kitchens have been updated but in an old-fashioned style, and while house is a busy family home there is a palpable sense of history in every room. It takes great skill and energy to keep such a house so fresh and alive.