Billingham Manor
£3,950,000

Guide price

Bedrooms: 6
DESCRIPTION A unique and historic estate situated in the hamlet of Billingham, including a Grade II* listed Manor House,

separate detached cottage, traditional & modern farm buildings and 130 acres (52 ha) of arable, pasture and woodland.

Available as a whole or in three separate lots.

HISTORY Billingham Manor, as recorded in the Domesday Book and was held by Williams Fitz Stur in 1085.

The current manor house dates back, in part, to 1631 and is steeped in rich history. The house was re-modelled around 1730 by Edward Worsley, son of Sir Edward Worsley, a significant Island landowner.

The house was once owned by J.B. Priestly and is considered to be one of the Island's great antiquities. J B Priestley built additional accommodation (no longer in situ) creating an 'art room' on the second floor - it is believed that his autobiography "Rain Upon Godshill" was composed whilst looking out across to the south of the Island from Billingham Manor.

Among its many historical features there is a fine oak staircase dating back to the Queen Anne period and a panelled oak room with an early 18th Century rotating bookcase hidden by a sliding panel, believed to be used by smugglers which provides access to a passage leading under the Manor.

Architecturally the property includes a wonderful array of detailing including Flemish bond brickwork, grey headers, 12-pane sash windows with wide glazing bars, pedimented porch with triglyph frieze, rusticated pilasters and 2 paneled doors.

SITUATION Billingham Manor sits in a secluded and southerly facing position, surrounded by its own land and woodland and is accessed from the highway along a tree line drive.

Billingham Manor is settled within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, easily accessible to the nearby countryside and country pursuits. The area is renowned for riding and walking. Many of the Island's beautiful beaches and heritage coastline are within a 15-minute drive.

The Isle of Wight is celebrated as an international yachting and sailing venue, with the annual Cowes Week Regatta in August attracting competitors from all over the world. A full range of yacht and sailing clubs provide a social hub.

There are nearby golf courses including St Georges, Freshwater & Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club.

Ryde School with Upper Chine is the main independent (HMC) School on the Island, offering co-education from pre-school to sixth form on a daily, full or weekly boarding basis. Many Island children commute to mainland schools such as Portsmouth Grammar; St Edward's and Hordle Walhampton Prep and there are good feeder links conveniently located public schools such as Winchester College and St Swithuns' in Winchester, Bryanston, Canford, and the Sherborne schools in Dorset and Malborough College in Wiltshire.

The Island is blessed with a number of boutique hotels and restaurants, including The George in Yarmouth, The Royal in Ventnor; The Hut (recently voted by GQ magazine as the best experience 4 years running), North House and The Smoking Lobster.

BILLINGHAM MANOR Billingham Manor is a beautiful Grade II* listed country home of classical neo Georgian design with an array of architectural and historical features set in a secluded position with far reaching views overlooking open countryside.

GROUND FLOOR Billingham Manor is approached via a tree lined driveway leading to stone steps to the rear of the house.

Entering Billingham Manor through the porch leads into the large entrance hall with flagstone floor and open fire with a carved timber surround. The hallway leads directly onto the south facing terrace with breath-taking views over the south Wight countryside.

The drawing room is a triple aspect, oak panelled room, with views over the gardens benefitting from a decorative marble style open fireplace.

In the eastern wing of the house there is a kitchen/breakfast room with oil fired AGA adjoining utility, larder and a W/C. The east wing also has a billiard room and a formal sitting room with corner open fireplace and dual aspect views over the garden.

There are five staircases from the ground floor, three of which lead up to the first floor and two which lead down to the cellar. The principal staircase is of fine oak, believed to date back to the Queen Anne period and leads up to the first floor.

The ground floor extends to approximately 212m2 (2283sqft).

FIRST FLOOR The first floor has a large landing boasting much natural light from a large feature and with windows on the northern elevation of the

house. The bedrooms are well proportioned & mostly enjoy stunning views over open countryside. The largest room, on the south elevation is a double aspect room with a built-in cupboard and marble arch fireplace. The adjoining, smaller bedroom could make space for an en-suite, if required.

At this level, there are four further double bedrooms, and three bathrooms. A staircase then leads up to the second floor. The first floor extends to approximately 196m2 (2113sqft).

SECOND FLOOR The second floor consists of large attic rooms that were once four separate bedrooms all with existing south facing windows.

These rooms are not habitable but were once used as additional accommodation so could be converted (subject to the relevant consents) should additional accommodation be required. The second floor extends to approximately 118m2 (1271sqft).

CELLAR The cellar extends to approximately 110m2 (1195sqft) and can be entered from the east or west wing of the ground floor or externally

from the garden.

Currently used for additional storage, the cellar would be perfect space for additional accommodation or a wine store.

The cellar has many historic features including a well and a tunnel (that leads under the house through to the other side of the cellar).

BUILDINGS BUILDINGS

A number of historic and modern farm buildings with potential for alternative uses, comprising:

Dovecote 3m x 3m

Granary (Grade II* listed) 4.8m x 5.5m

Stable 7.9m x 4.8m

Long Barn (including two stables and two hay barns) 35.9m x 23.6 (cumulatively)

Traditional Barn 20.5m x 7.6m

Dutch Barn 13.5m x 18.4m

Dutch Barn 27.5m x 9.25m

Cart Shed 22.2m x 6.9m

Cattle Shed 22.5m x 9.2m

GARDENS AND GROUNDS The house is served by a tree lined driveway leading from Berry Shute with steps leading down to a paved courtyard and on to the front door of the house.

The formal grounds and gardens are predominantly centred around a walled garden with well-established borders, shrubs and a number of ponds. To the east of the house, there is a wonderful stone terrace enjoying magnificent 180-degree views across estate land and south towards St Catherine's Down. The gardens include a characterful dovecote.

To the north and east of the manor house, there are further grounds comprising a mix of pasture and woodland. There is a disused

hard-surfaced tennis court, and its location is labelled 10 on the plan.

The principal house grounds and gardens extends to 5.6 acres (2.26ha).

BILLINGHAM MANOR COTTAGE Accessed via its own pedestrian entrance from the public highway, Billingham Manor Cottage sits within its own plot of 0.24 acres.

A detached, thatched, cottage comprising a kitchen, lounge and bathroom on the ground floor with two double bedrooms on the first floor.

LAND Billingham Manor is surrounded by approximately 123 acres (49.77ha) which is a combination of arable, pastureland and woodland - 70.13 acres/28.38ha, 44.99 acres/18.20ha and 7.88 acres (3.19ha) respectively.

Lot 1 - This land comprises three separate fields with a stream running along the western and southern boundary. The land within Lot 1 runs to some 44.81 acres (18.13 ha), the majority of which is permanent pasture and woodland.

Lot 2 - The land is offered which is offered over several parcels of arable land. This lot extends to 56.64 acres (22.92ha).

Lot 3 - This lot extends to 23.49 acres (9.50ha) comprising approximately 6 acres of pastureland, 4 acres of woodland and the remaining 13.49 acres being arable.

METHOD OF SALE Billingham Manor Estate is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole, or in three lots.

NB: Lots 2 and 3 will not be sold away separately until Lot 1 has transacted.

RIGHTS OF WAY Public footpaths and bridleways cross the Property being those numbered 150, 6 and 28 respectively.

The footpaths and bridleways are outlined within the Isle of Wight's Rights of Way Map available from the agents.

ACCESS LOT 1 - There is direct vehicular access off the public highway (Berry Shute) along a tree lined drive-way leading to the Manor house.

There is also direct vehicular access from the public highway (Berry Shute) along a farm track leading to the farm buildings. This is hatched in orange on the proposed sale plan. We under-stand that the neighbour to the south benefits from a vehicular right of access over the track.

There is direct access off the public highway (Berry Shute) over the public bridleway to the north of Lot 1.

LOT 2 - There is direct access off the public highway (Berry Shute) via a 5-bar metal gate to the southwest of Lot 2.

LOT 3 - There is direct access off the public highway (Berry Shute) via a 5-bar metal gate to the north of Lot 3. We understand that this access is also designated as a public bridleway, but as the landowner, you have the right to access for all purposes.

SERVICES Billingham Manor & Billingham Manor Cottage

We understand that the Manor house benefits from mains water and electric, with an oil fired central heating system and private drainage (via a septic tank).

Farm Buildings

Some of the farm buildings benefit from mains water and mains electric connections.

Arable Land (Lot 2)

There is a mains water connection on Lot 2, via a number of water troughs.

TENURE AND POSSESSION Vacant possession will be given of the whole, save from the tenancies, noted below, on completion of the sale.

Planning

The property is Grade II Listed, as:

- Granary to the south of Billingham Manor - Ref. 1209395 - Grade II - Listed in 1994

- Outbuildings to the south east of Billingham Manor - Ref. 1209369 - Grade II - Listed in 1994

- Billingham Manor - Ref. 1291212 - Grade II* - Listed in 1951

- Garden Wall and Gazebo at Billingham Manor - Ref. 1292653 - Grade II - Listed in 1967

The property is designated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. The woodland within the tree lined driveway is subject to a blanket TPO. We are aware that there is various planning history pertaining to the Property. This information can be made available to prospective purchasers from the sole selling agents.

BASIC PAYMENT Basic Payment

The Farm Tenant currently claims Basic Payment (BPS). The commensurate number of BPS entitlements will be transferred to the purchasers. The tenant will claim and retain the 2022 BPS payment.

LICENSES AND TENANCIES BILLINGHAM MANOR COTTAGE - Subject to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy which commenced on the 9th August 2006. The buyer will

be required to exchange and complete with the tenant in-situ.

LAND - The farmland is held on a Farm Business Tenancy (FBT). This FBT ends on the 29th September 2022.

SPORTING RIGHTS - Let out under an agreement and terminating on the 2nd September 2023.

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