Henry VIII's country bolthole on sale for £3m

Beautiful country pile for sale in Norfolk


Henry VII's country bolthole on sale for £3m

It's unusual to combine Henry VIII and Stayin' Alive together in one property - but this romantic Tudor pile in the remote heart of Norfolk does.

Not only was Henry VIII a regular visitor to the magnificent 16th century East Barsham Manor but legendary Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood also held court there in the 1970s.

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The Tudor monarch stayed at the Manor House near Fakenham in Norfolk on five separate occasions - but incredibly never with the same wife.

Henry VII's country bolthole on sale for £3m

Now Grade I listed, Henry used the impressive 10-bedroom redbrick residence as his base when visiting a nearby shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham, the Virgin Mary.

Stigwood lived there in the early 1970s around the time the massive hit movie Saturday Night Fever was being planned.

The historic 500-year-old manor is now on the market for £3m through estate agents Abbots.

It boasts 13,000sq ft of living space, featuring a vast great hall and a dining room with Queen Anne panelling.

Henry VII's country bolthole on sale for £3m

A library, drawing room, kitchen, sitting room, snug and two further halls make up the ground floor - while the second storey boasts seven bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Barsham Manor's 4.6 acre grounds also comprise a three bedroom guest cottage, two workshops and a gatehouse that could be converted into accommodation.

The house was built for nobleman Sir Henry Fermor in around 1520, but in the 18th century it became uninhabited and fell into disrepair before an extensive renovation between 1922 and 1936.

Henry VII's country bolthole on sale for £3m

Sir John Guinness, a diplomat, civil servant and heritage champion, lived at the manor with his wife in the 1990s.

The current owner is a pop artist and businessman.

Estate agent Spencer Cushing, from Abbotts Countrywide, said: "The history to East Barsham Manor is absolutely incredible.

"Anyone who knows Norfolk knows this house, it's quite renowned. Personally, it's my favourite building in the county."

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