West Woodyates Manor in Dorset, England, lies in nearly 1,000 acres
Within the early 18th century English service provider Thomas ‘Diamond’ Pitt went on a property shopping for spree after promoting a 140-carat white diamond, later often known as the Regent diamond, which he acquired in India and whose story is surrounded by scandal.
The story goes that the slave who initially discovered the stone at an Indian mine was murdered and robbed for the jewel by a sea captain. Extensively thought of to be the world’s best diamond, the sailor bought it onto an Indian jewel seller who then bought it to Pitt who was the governor of Madras on the time.
The vaulted drawing room
Pitt despatched the jewel to England to be lower, hiding it within the heel of his son’s shoe. He bought it to French regent Philippe II, Duke of Orléans for $177,000 in 1717 and used the proceeds of the sale to purchase a lot of properties throughout the south and southwest of England. West Woodyates Manor in Dorset was amongst them.
West Woodyates Manor, now on sale for $24.three million for the primary time since 1929, sits in 970 acres of land and features a 12-bedroom grade II* listed manor home, a four-bedroom cottage and 10 cottages. It lies on the Dorset-Wiltshire border about 2 miles from Sixpenny Handley village and 11 miles from the city of Salisbury inside the Cranborne Chase space of excellent pure magnificence.
The sitting room
In response to promoting agent Clive Hopkins of Knight Frank, West Woodyates Manor is in a first-rate a part of Dorset and presents a totally non-public setting. “The mixture of its location and measurement makes it a singular alternative,” he says. “It’s uncommon to discover a nation property with nearly 1,000 acres of ring-fenced land in Dorset or certainly in the remainder of England.”
The property options rolling countryside and farmland, which is used for rising arable and conservation crops and has biodiversity-enhancing options created by its proprietor, the Honourable Timothy Palmer who has a eager curiosity in conservation. They embrace beetle banks, which give cowl for ground-nesting birds and a house for pure enemies of insect pests, in line with its gross sales particulars. The property, which has wild gray partridges and an abundance of deer, additionally presents wild recreation shoots.
The home has an 18th-century Queen Anne facade and is flanked by formal gardens
Approached by a mile-long drive, and surrounded by formal gardens, a walled backyard, outbuildings, and cottages, West Woodyates manor home incorporates a 1600s core and an 18th-century Queen Anne façade. Inside it has 12 bedrooms, wooden paneling, a vaulted drawing room with a full-height stone mullion bay window, a household kitchen, a sitting room, a library, and a eating corridor.
Although the home dates again to round 1600, the countryside round it’s a lot older. The encircling land has proof of Neolithic settlements, however earlier Mesolithic flint implements have been found on the farm. The property was the positioning of a Roman farm (the property’s effectively home is reputed to be of Roman origin) and piles and depressions in its the decrease park recommend the stays of an deserted medieval village.
The gardens, outbuildings, and cottages
The Pitts, an aristocratic English household that later produced two prime ministers, owned the home for 3 generations by many of the 18th century and the Queen Anne entrance to the manor mouse and the ha-has and bastions across the park in all probability date from that interval, in line with its gross sales particulars. The brochure states that the property has most of its unique boundaries and says that “clearly, West Woodyates has survived for generations as an unbiased landholding in its personal proper.”
The home is surrounded by rolling countryside and farmland
The home is on the market through Knight Frank