Featuring the historic remains of an Iron Age fort, this ‘magical’ house can be yours for £2.5m – and it even comes with its own lake.
With ‘breathtaking views’ across three counties, the five-bedroom Staffordshire home is perfectly set in the middle of 12 acres of woods.
The timber-framed house is set on the crown of a Welsh manor, which was moved to the area in the 1930s by architect Major Kenneth Hutchinson Smith.
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It even has an outdoor heated swimming pool, walk-in wardrobe, three barns, wine cellar, games room, and five bathrooms.
Called The Castlecroft, ‘The Hidden Gem with Stunning Interiors’ is now expected to fetch over £2.5m on the market.
Agents Fine & Country said: “Sometimes, something incredibly special comes along and Castlefort is certainly an extraordinary home.
“This exquisite Tudor-style property stands on the crown of an Iron Age fort and has breathtaking views of the three counties.
“From the moment you enter through the simple wooden gates, you cannot fail to be impressed by the meandering walkway surrounded by blue bell trees and carpets in springtime.
“The setting is truly magical and has everything you could want including a heated outdoor pool and pool house, a lake, and twelve acres of private grounds.”
The ‘beautiful’ property in Castlehill, Upper Stonal is steeped in history – built from materials brought from a manor 60 miles away.
Major Smith – who built properties in the Black Country – used oak beams, stone hearts, floors, window frames and ceilings from a fort that once stood in Lymore Park near Powys, Wales.
He brought most of the structural elements of the manor to the area after its owner, the Earl of Powys, decided to sell.
Agents said: “The wooden house has an interesting history.
“Relocated in 1936 by architect Major Kenneth Hutchinson Smith, the house’s oak beams, stone hearth, floors, window frames and ceiling, all known as a splendid life as part of Limore Castle, It was once owned by the Earl of Powys.
“Clever use of traditional building materials and construction methods has resulted in this amazing property that looks like it has been here forever.
“Compassionately expanded, with a stunning oak two-story expanse from nearly ten years ago, the current owners have created the ideal family home with impressive-sized rooms for entertaining friends and family.”
The Tudor-style home features polished wood floorboards and oak paneling, while the Snug features an inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove.
A ‘spacious but comfortable’ living room features an open fire and giant beams as well as wall-to-floor windows and French doors that lead to the outdoor pool.
There is a dining room, kitchen, utility room, study and double garage, as well as five bedroom suites spread across the first floor of the property.
Agents said: “There are several outdoor buildings on the home grounds, all with incredible potential to be transformed into living space (subject to planning).
“The home grounds are simply stunning and provide formal manicured lawns, flower beds and mature shrubs and trees, as well as more natural wooded areas, with bluebells and flowers and of course the lake.
“This house really has the wow factor and needs to be seen to fully appreciate what’s on offer.”
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