Country house built on Roman ruins now on the market
A luxury country manor house located near Chard, Somerset, is now for sale at £8 million.
Whitestaunton Manor is a 15th century property which has seven bedrooms and underfloor heating. It has been built using hamstone. At the north of the property, Roman baths were uncovered in 2003, which led to an appearance on an episode of Time Team.
The property was built on the remains of a Roman villa and the walls of the mansion include some of the masonry, providing appealing individuality. The house has been in the process of renovation over the last 10 years, with refurbishment of the classic architecture and the installation of modern technology.
The hall boasts a hammerbeam roof, which was uncovered while the property was being renovated, and is thought to have been finished in 1438. Rather than the house being dark and damp, as you would imagine a 15th century property to feel, it is bright and airy with high ceilings. The installation of underfloor heating will create a constant temperature throughout, whatever the type of flooring.
The Romans were believed to have chosen the location to build because of its setting and position, which affords stunning views. Of course, the Romans also invented underfloor heating, although the property will have a more modern version installed.
According to Edward Sugden, a director of Savills Estate Agents, the owner carried out a £5 million renovation, with an excellent eye for detail. The mix of modern technology and classic architecture has produced the perfect home.