Unique Manor House on the market for first time in more than 400 years

Published July 22nd, 2014

An historic Grade ll listed manor house set in the heart of a beautiful country estate in Northamptonshire has come on the market for the first time in more than 400 years.

The Duddington Estate near Stamford dates back to 1598 when yeoman Nicholas Jackson and subsequently his family took leasehold and copyhold interests  of various properties in the village, later acquiring the  freeholds and land and farms  in the fens and which supported the home estate Duddington .

The estate has since been expanded and developed by several generations of the family but is now being sold on behalf of the present family who now live in Australia.

The property, which includes an eight bedroom manor house and gardens, coach house, stables, garaging; farm barns with development potential and riverside paddock is being sold by Berrys in joint agency with Knight Frank in six lots with a total guide price in excess of £3 million. Further farmland is available separately though Berrys

The eight bedroom Manor House (Lot 1 set in 2.63 acres ) dates back to the 16 century although  the current  building shows a date stone of 1633 on its earliest wing. It was later remodelled by Hugh Jackson to provide larger, better lit rooms and a range of substantial outbuildings. The manor was refurbished internally in 2007.

“The sale of Duddington Manor offers a rare opportunity to purchase an exceptional country house in a delightful setting,” said Pierre Farnsworth of joint agents Berrys.

“The estate is in a highly sought after area being just five miles from Stamford and easy commuting distance from London and the house is well-sized to provide substantial but friendly family accommodation without being too intimidating,” he said.

Duddington Manor is built of stone under a Colyweston stone slate roof and is set above the River Welland overlooking the Welland Valley. The house is concealed behind a high stone wall to the south and east and outbuildings to the north.

Wrought iron gates open to fanned steps that lead down to a terrace and front door of the house which opens to a wide hall with panelled walls, stone floors and fireplaces at both ends.

The Dining Hall at Duddington Manor

The Dining Hall at Duddington Manor

Double oak doors lead into a grand double height Victorian Dining Hall with full height leaded windows, panelled walls and cross timbered ceilings, central stone fire place and herringboned oak parquet.

From the hall is a central hallway that leads to the sitting roomand studythat is lit from cast iron borrow lights set into the ceiling. The sitting room at the end of the corridor has an attractive coved ceiling with large sash windows and French doors that open onto the terrace with views over the gardens and surrounding countryside.

Duddington Manor sitting room

Duddington Manor sitting room

Off the central corridor is the study with oak parquet flooring, sash windows and French doors that also lead out to the terrace and gardens. Steps from the main hall lead to the former staff wing, which was remodelled in 2007 to provide a new doorway and south facing windows over the garden.

The wing consists of a Kitchen/Breakfast room, snug, utility room, pantry, cold store, and drying room. A door from the kitchen leads to the wine cellars. The recently refurbished kitchen has stairs to the first floor and external doors to a stone porch to the kitchen terrace.

The bedroom accommodation is reached via a staircase from the hall leading to a central landing. The first floor consists of Master bedroom suite, guest bedroom suite and four principle bedrooms served by two family bathrooms. The master suite has beautiful curved ceilings and views over the gardens and wider countryside.

From the main stairs a small panelled door opens to stairs to the second floor , giving access to two further bedrooms and family bathroom.

From the main staircase a small panelled door opens onto staff stairs that rise to the second floor and give access to the linen corridor, three further bedrooms facing north and a bathroom and separate WC.

Outside, the Estate Office opposite the front door of the house opens to an office with an open fireplace and sash windows. Under this is a wood chopping store and Apple Loft. A pillared opening and steps lead down to the kitchen terrace and lawns with a service door to the street and a range of outbuildings.

Opposite the kitchen is the ‘Carvery’ which is another late Victorian /Edwardian entertaining hall with large carved stone fireplace and leaded windows. Under the Carvery is a recessed porch leading to the old meat safe, garage, and store.

A high stoned doorway leads to a side yard with dog kennels and garden store leading to a gated rear drive, the Gardeners Bothy and the Boat Yard.

Wide gravelled paths on all sides of the Manor lead to the main lawns and borders of the garden with a stone stepped terrace to the river lawn, the bathing seat and the boat house. To the south and along the river bank is the Tree and Spring Walk leading to the Old Tennis court (now pasture). The Victorian summerhouse against the south wall looks back over the cedared lawns. The Gardens are exceptionally private and manageable.

The Coach House (Lot 2, 1.49 acres) lies on the east side of the High Street and is approached through a pillared gateway. Constructed of stone, the south facing property formerly served the Manor as stabling and coach houses. Upstairs are fodder stores and feed bins with south facing dormers. Opposite is the old pump house (now garaging).

The paddock adjoining the buildings rises to the east and is well walled and fenced and has a line of pollarded limes leading up to the old ice house.

“The coach house would make a superb residential property and the estate would support any application for conversion to a single residence with the pump house as office or ancillary accommodation,” said Mr Farnsworth.

The Old Post Office (Lot 3) was built by the Duddington estate during the 19th century as a model estate post office with cottage. The post office was refurbished in 1990 to create a more formal cottage with two double bedrooms and a family bathroom as well as sitting room, reception room and kitchen. There is a small front garden, a rear terrace and garden with single garage.

Home Farm Buildings (Lot 4, 0.73 acres). Set in the centre of the village this range of Grade ll listed buildings has planning consent for conversion into two residential dwellings. The site consist of an 18th century stone Tithe barn which was converted in the 1980s to provide an auger top feed grain store with internal bins; an 18th century square stone Dovecote and L-shaped range of stone single storey farm buildings consisting of open faced cart sheds and animal tethering with the west face enclosed by a clear span steel portal framed building.

The 18th century Royal Oak Barn (Lot 5, 1.09 acres) has a south facing aspect and includes a stone field barn with open hay bays, loft, pen and stone arched cold store. The barn has an enclosure behind and pasture.

Royal oak Paddock (Lot 6, 5.15 acres) includes a five- acre permanent pasture paddock with riparian rights along its western boundary. This lot adjoins Lot 1 (the Manor) and Lot 5 (Royal Oak Barn).

Viewing of this unique property is highly recommended and is by appointment through the agents Berrys on 01536 412464 or Knight Frank on 0207861 1093 or email Details can be downloaded at

Guide Prices:

Lot1 £2,100,000

Lot 2 £300,000

Lot 3 £325,000

Lot4 £400,000

Lot 5 £200,000

Lot 6 £75,000

Further farmland identify acreage is for sale through sole agents Berrys on 01536 412464.

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