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11 bedroom detached house for sale

Whitechapel, Nr Exmoor, Devon, EX36

Guide Price £2,650,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Historic Elizabethan manor house
  • 6 reception rooms
  • 11 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms
  • 3 bedroom cottage
  • 5 stables and paddocks
  • Formal and walled garden
  • 2 garages and outbuildings
  • Available with or without cottage
  • In all about 13.5 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Historic Grade I Listed Manor House in a beautiful setting.


Whitechapel Manor lies just to the south of Exmoor National Park with spectacular views over the rolling Devon countryside.
The historic market town of South Molton is approximately 3 miles to the south west and offers a good range of local amenities including Sainsbury's supermarket, a petrol station, a post office, banks along with a variety of shops such as butchers and bakers.
Dulverton is approximately 12 miles to the east and is referred to as the southern gateway to Exmoor. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, Dulverton has a rich history and has served the local farming community for generations. The town offers a good range of independent shops and award winning eateries. Tiverton is approximately 16 miles away and offers a wider range of day-to-day shops and recreational facilities.
Communication links are good with the M5 motorway (Junction 27) approximately 22 miles away via the A361 Devon Link road, giving easy access to Bristol and the North, Exeter and the South West or the A358/A303 to the East. London is also within easy reach by train with the quickest train from Tiverton Parkway Station to London Paddington taking approximately 120 minutes. In addition, there are regular national and international flights from Bristol and Exeter airports.


Whitechapel Manor is a magnificent Grade l Listed Elizabethan Manor House and has been described as an outstanding house with a remarkably well preserved interior. All principal rooms face south with fantastic views out across the formal walled and terraced gardens.

Whilst having been extensively refurbished and renovated, particular care has been taken over the years to maintain the character of the house; in particular the Great Hall that is divided by a fine, richly carved oak screen. Along with further antique panelled rooms with plaster moulded ceilings there are a number of beautiful original fireplaces and chimney pieces.

Whitechapel Manor is a wonderful family home, perfect for entertaining on a large scale. Of particular note are the impressive number of reception rooms, all of which flow beautifully to create the perfect entertaining space. With two bedroom suites and a further nine en-suite bedrooms, the house has ample and flexible accommodation for any incoming purchaser and is ideally set up for a large number of family members and guests.

Astons Cottage - Available via separate negotiation.

To the rear of the house are five stables with power and water, a selection of store rooms and two double garages. The outbuildings surround a lovely cobbled courtyard.

Gardens and Grounds
The gardens at Whitechapel Manor are a particular feature of the house. From the terraced lawns to the walled garden, all have been meticulously maintained. The garden offers a variety of areas to retreat to and all offer the magnificent distant views to the south. There are a variety of mature trees from walnut trees, copper beach and a 400 year old Mulberry tree. Beyond the gardens are two paddocks and an area of woodland.

Whitechapel Manor's history can be tracked back to the 13th century when it was known as Blanchapele, owned by the Peverall Family of Sandford. The site was originally home to a chapel, hence the name Whitechapel.

From here, the house passed to Sir Alan Bassett on his marriage to Lucia Peverell. Alan Bassett was the descendent of an ancient family long established in North Devon and it was they who built the present house in the 16th Century. The Bassett family remained in residence until the early 1600's. A succession of owners followed and during the 1700's the house was remodelled inside.

In the early 1800's the manor was subject to chancery proceedings and was sold by order of the court to a Mrs Sanger who's son was installed here. John Sanger was a well known character in South Molton. The house was then passed down to his grandson and in his will he left the manor to one of his servants and her husband which generated 30 years of negotiation by his nephew in a fruitless attempt to regain it.
In 1904 Whitechapel was purchased as a holiday home by Cannon Glossop. It was the Glossop's who enlarged the house at the rear, terraced the gardens and excuvated the swimming pool which is now a large ornament fish pond. The family left in 1926 and the property was then purchased by the Mr and Mrs Lloyd. They were followed by Lt Colonel Bayley who was resident until 1963 when the 500 acre plus estate was broken up. The house and 14 acres was bought by a London businessman, Mr Lee who lived here until 1985 when the house was converted into a hotel. It became a private house once more in 2000 after it was purchased by the current owner in 1996.

Square Footage: 8,556 sq ft
Acreage: 13.5 Acres


From junction 27 of the M5 motorway, follow the A361 North Devon Link road towards Barnstaple. At the first roundabout proceed straight over continuing on the A361. At the next roundabout, just before South Molton, take the third exit sign posted to Whitechapel.
After about 1 mile, you will see a sign for Whitechapel, turn right and follow the lane until you reach Whitechapel Manor on the left at the end of the lane. (EX36 3EG)

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