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7 bedroom house for sale
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
- 11,227 sq ft Manor House
- 2 Cottages, About 10 acres
- Former Stables/ Guest Annexe
- Outdoor Pool, Pool House
- Further Cottage Available
Standing within a Capability Brown landscaped park, the Manor House at Stoke Poges is an English country house that has been meticulously refurbished but still sits comfortably with its history. Today the Manor House blends grand entertaining spaces with the comforts of modern living in a principal house of 11,227 square feet together with extensive leisure, guest and staff accommodation and grounds of approximately 10 acres. Excellent communication links mean that Mayfair can be reached by car in 35 minutes. The property also benefits from having the amenities of the Stoke Park Club on its doorstep for golf, lawn tennis and spa facilities.
A manor house at Stoke Poges has been in existence since before the Norman Conquest and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. At that time the house stood at the heart of a park with fishponds and a farm. A license to fortify the house was obtained in 1325 and that house stood for a further four centuries.
In 1555 the then owner, Francis Hastings, Second Earl of Huntingdon, pulled down much of the fortified house and replaced it with a large Tudor brick house, with numerous chimneys and gables. In 1599 it was acquired by Sir Edward Coke, who is said to have entertained Queen Elizabeth I there in 1601. That was not the only royal connection however as Charles I stayed at the house on route to his execution, and he is rumoured to have drawn the coat of arms that is currently above the fireplace in the snug.
Sir Thomas Gray whose 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' made the adjoining St Giles Church so famous also visited the Manor House. His poem 'A Long Story' describes the house and its occupants. Later the Manor came into the ownership of Thomas Penn, son of William Penn, the
founder of Pennsylvania and remained in the family for several generations. John Penn, Thomas's son, made several changes to the estate, building a larger mansion house that is now home to the Stoke Park Club before demolishing and remodelling much of the Manor House, but leaving the kitchen wing, which would later become the Great Hall.
Sir Edward Landseer was a frequent visitor to the house and rented it as a studio for some time. His most famous painting, The Monarch of the Glen (1851), is said to have been created at Stoke Poges with the deer in the park used as models. Prior to the current refurbishment, the last comprehensive refit was carried out in 1911. This created the Great Hall from the former kitchen, introduced the bay windows and a new grand staircase, remodelled the windows and added various new elements. This was shortly after Stoke Park golf course had been laid out in 1908.
More recently Stoke Park has been the venue for numerous moments of film history, including the golf match between Goldfinger and James Bond and the rowing scene from Bridget Jones' Diary.
A fully refurbished Grade I listed manor house of 11,227 square feet, together with further staff, guest and leisure accommodation of 5,932 square feet all set in approximately 10 acres within a Capability Brown landscaped park. In addition, a further adjoining cottage is available (East Lodge) which extends to about 2,034 sq ft.