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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Lower Zeals, Zeals, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12

Guide Price £2,600,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Handsome Queen Anne Manor House
  • 7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms / shower rooms
  • Grass farmyard with exceptional tythe barns
  • Potential for a variety of uses
  • Pair of Cottages
  • Outbuildings, garage & carport
  • Walled garden, tennis court
  • Paddocks and pasture
  • In all about 15.72 acres
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A handsome Queen Anne manor house with important literary and film connections, together with a courtyard of beautiful stone barns having potential for a variety of uses


Manor Farm House is situated at the end of a lane surrounded by its own land and the ancient parkland of Zeals House which can trace its roots back to the Doomsday book in 1080. An area renowned for its beautiful countryside, undulating landscape, flora and fauna.

The quality of the soil has left a rich agricultural legacy along with fresh water springs feeding a tributary of the Stour that to this day supply wells to one of the cottages and True Love field to the south.

The market town of Mere is close by having a range of local shops and pubs. Gillingham is about 4 miles to the south with a Waitrose and railway station to London Waterloo taking from 1 hour 58 minutes. To the north and west is the ever popular town of Bruton with its fashionable restaurants; At the Chapel and Roth Bar & Grill at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery. Trains to Paddington are available from Castle Cary. A more comprehensive range of shops, restaurants, cinema and amenities are available in Salisbury or Bath.

There are a number of excellent schools within reach including Hazelgrove, Port Regis, Hanford, Clayesmore, Sherborne, Bryanston, St Marys Shaftesbury, Millfield and Downside. Racing at Wincanton, Salisbury and Newbury. Hunting with the South and West Wilts or The Blackmore and Sparkford Vale. Golf at Frome or Sherborne. The renowned gardens at Stourhead are close by and Longleat House / Safari Park is a little further to the north. The south coast is within easy reach providing a wide range of watersports.



Few will fail to be captivated by the elegance and charm of this essentially Queen Anne manor house, but it is to the 20th Century that we look to discover a glamorous world in which Manor Farm House took centre stage.

Photographic evidence collected by the current owners shows a house decorated in 1902 to welcome home the then owners from the Boer War. Later a lawn tennis court is laid out for Wimbledon competitors, the White sisters.

In 1959 Leigh Holman took a 21 year lease on the house. Mr Holman was the first husband of Academy award winning actress Vivien Leigh. Famous for her leading role in Gone with the Wind, Ms Leigh (later Lady Olivier) was a constant guest and friend at Manor Farm House. The house resonates with the atmosphere of this golden age.

The current owners are the grandchildren of Vivien Leigh, and her love of gardens and English country houses is very evident to this day.

Manor Farm House is a handsome largely Queen Anne country
house which is believed to originally date from the 17th Century
with later additions. It is built of mellow Flemish bond brick
elevations with chamfered stone quoins under a hipped slate
roof. The house and the barns are Listed Grade II as of Special Architectural & Historic importance.

Internally the property has a very welcoming feel to it and has clearly been a much loved family home over the generations. The reception rooms are both charming and well proportioned with a host of period features including impressive fireplaces, working shutters and two attractive oval windows. The reception hall has a magnificent oak stair case leading right up to the second floor. On the first floor there are 4 bright and spacious bedrooms with charming views over parkland, the gardens and farmyard. There are 3 bathrooms with a further 2 bedrooms on the second floor.

A 7th bedroom adjoins the Library on the ground floor being accessed externally. Above the utility room is a cosy study with pretty views over the garden. Please see the floor plans for room dimensions and layout.

To the north and west of the house are a variety of stone outbuildings, including barns, workshops, garaging and logstores.

In addition there is a carport for 6 cars.

Flanking a charming grass farmyard is an L shape range of beautiful stone barns which are believed to pre date the house of early 17th Century origins. They are both impressive and magnificent and have been restored over the last few years by the current owners.

The barns have the benefit of planning and listed building consent permitting the conversion of the group of buildings into 4 live / work units, in addition to the creation of external parking spaces and erection of new garaging. Planning No: S/2011/0546.

The current owners have commissioned a report that has carefully considered a planning review of the barns and also undertaken some competitor analysis. This identifies the site as having potential for a variety of different uses including rural offices, weddings / functions and group accommodation. Further details within the report are available from the selling agents.

The house is approached from the lane over a gravel drive to the eastern facade (front of the house) or over a secondary gravel drive to a courtyard at the rear.

These have been beautifully landscaped and cared for over the years.

They are largely to the south of the house comprising a charming walled garden with a croquet lawn flanked by well stocked herbaceous borders, specimen trees and shrubs. To the south west is an attractive parterre garden with roses and a sunken garden with pond beyond. These are bordered by neatly clipped box hedging, gravel and stone paths and mature beech hedge to the west.

Outside the garden walls past the cottages, a track leads to the orchard and hard tennis court. To the south is a useful fenced paddock. In all Lot 1 extends to about 17.72 acres.

This is built of brick and stone under a tile roof and briefly comprises a kitchen / breakfast room, sitting room, 2 studies, utility room and garden room on the ground floor. On the first floor there are 5 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. The property has a pretty garden to the rear with a large terrace, lawns and views over open countryside. Please see the floor plans for room dimensions and layout. In all Lot 2 extends to about 0.21 acres.

This forms the smaller half of Barnyard Cottage (semi-detached) and is also built of brick and stone under a tile roof. The accommodation briefly comprises a kitchen, sitting room and garden room on the ground floor. On the first floor there are 2 bedroom and a bathroom. The property has a pretty garden to the rear with terrace, lawns and views over open countryside. Please see the floor plans for room dimensions and layout. In all Lot 3 extends to about 0.15 acres.

To the west of Lot 1 is an area of gently sloping pasture. It is fenced and ideal for grazing livestock. In all Lot 4 extends to about 8.1 acres.

Square Footage: 5,622 sq ft
Acreage: 15.72 Acres


From London head west on the M3, bearing onto the A303. Continue past Stonehenge and after the Mere exit take the sign off the A303 to Lower Zeals and Stourhead. After a short distance, continue straight over the T-junction signed Lower Zeals. Having passed the gates to Zeals House on the left, take the next left down a lane and the entrance gates to Manor Farm House will be found straight ahead.

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