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The Square, Caverswall,Staffordshire Moorlands,

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Tenure: Freehold

Caverswall Castle
The Square
Staffordshire Moorlands
ST11 9EA

Caverswall Castle - a brief history
A stunning historic Grade I listed moated castle set in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside. Combining historic features and modern luxuries with easy access to motorways, major road links to international airports and public transport.

Caverswall castle was built on the site on an Anglo-Saxon manor at the point of where two tributaries of the river Blythe rise and is one of the most interesting and attractive castles in England due to its striking appearance and its fascinating history and is a prime example of the architectural design of its historical era.

The earliest known owner was Ernulf de Hesling, a Saxon lord. After the conquest the castle got passed to Sir William de Caverswall who in 1275 after being granted a 'licence to crenellate' (permission to fortify a property), created the moat from the tributaries and built a keep. Several families owned the castle until the 1600s when it was purchased by a wealthy merchant Matthew Craddock and Mayor of Stafford in 1615 who re-worked the castle, after it had fallen into disrepair, building a formal Jacobean manor house in the centre of the bailey and creating a more comfortable home. He kept the great tower, the walls and the turrets which became garden pavilions along with the gatehouse. It has more or less remained unchanged since then.

The castle was garrisoned in the English civil war but survived unscathed and was de-commissioned under Oliver Cromwell. In the mid nineteenth century it was owned by Sir Percival Radcliffe who filled in the moat and surrounded the castle with pleasure gardens which remain a part of the beautiful part of the grounds. It has been host to various orders of nuns and has been owned on three separate occasions by the Wedgwood family and it was they who added the decorative Wedgwood ceiling in the library. In 1891 a Mr W E Bowers bought the castle and built a new wing called the Moathouse.

More recently the castle has undergone major restoration and renovation to bring it very much into the 21st century with luxurious touches whilst retaining its historic interiors.

The Castle is - as one would expect - huge. Built from sandstone on solid bedrock, there are 18 bedrooms - including the Princess Suite, Queen's Suite, King's Suite, Regal Suite, Prince's Suite, Knight's Suite and Knave's Suite. There are nine reception rooms, 13 bathrooms, a drawing room, library, billiard room and white drawing room.

If that doesn't whet your appetite then there is also a Bowers' Suite, a chapel room and a kitchen, a dining room, a cellar, games room, gym and a reception hall. There are three more converted turrets - aptly named Sir Thomas More, Matthew Cradock and Sister Josephine - and outside there is a con-verted gatehouse, an orangery, a workshop and an old dungeon. In total there are, more than 70 rooms rooms.

There is also the moat which has been reinstated and makes Caverswall one of only a few habitable castles in the UK with a moat. The lakes have been restocked with trout and are available for fishing. In addition are the most amazing grounds, abundant with wildlife - nightingales and woodpeckers can regularly be seen as the River and the roof terrace offers amazing views.

Inside, all of the furniture is in keeping with the castle, such as the intricately carved wooden four poster beds, huge 'sideboards' and an extremely impressive set or armour, there's even an original 1890 bath in one of the rooms - are of which all included in the price.

Caverswall Castle makes an outstanding residential country home but has tremendous potential for commercial use as a luxury Spa Hotel, wedding venue, Business Headquarters or a Wellness Centre, taking advantage of the vast grounds and sweeping driveways.

We are delighted to be jointly marketing Caverswall Castle with Pennycuick Collins, Chartered Surveyors, 54 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8PE Tel: 0121 456 1700 who are able to advise on the potential of commercial use of this unique property.

The property currently has planning permission granted for a wellbeing retreat centre with guest accommodation and associated parking for residential use. (Staffordshire Moorlands District) SMD/2015/0683.

A decision is expected in shortly on a further application to unrestricted conference and accommodation centre which is due in the end of August 2017 - (Staffordshire Moorlands District) SMD/2017/0252 - Change of use of Grade I listed castle to permit additional uses for unrestricted guest accommodation; meeting/lecture venue; and film set location.


The main entrance to Caverswall Castle is approached via a double round arched bridge which spans the moat which was built by Matthew Craddock, re-placing the original drawbridge and leads through the typically Tudor archway with oak studded door. The gateway is flanked by the octagonal gatehouse and opens into the bailey.

The Castle sits overlooking its wonderful mature grounds with lakes and farmland beyond.

The accommodation of the Castle and the Moat House is listed below:

Main Castle
All measurements are imperial with metric shown in brackets.

Lower Ground Floor

Accessed is gained via the staircase from the ground floor and the courtyard of the grounds
Boiler Room 11'6 x 8'9 (3.51 x 2.67)
Store Room 8' x 6'10 (2.46 x 2.10)
Wine Cellar 10'5 x 10'5 (3.20 x 3.20)
Entertainment Room 23'5 x 17' (7.14 x 5.20)
Billiard Room 24' x 16'8 (7.31 x 5.10)
Gym 23' x 21'3max x 16'7 (7.04 x 6.49max x 5.06min)
Inner lobby
Games Room 18'2 x 12 (5.56 x 3.66)
Store Room 18'2 x 13' (5.56 x 3.96)
Commercial Kitchen 23'max 15'6min x 16'8 (7.06max 4.74min x 5.10max)
Utility 19'3max x 10'9 (5.88max x 3.28max) with access to the outside
Leading from the inner lobby is the reception hall to the Moat House and the staircase to the ground floor.

Ground Floor

Main Grand Entrance
Welcoming Reception Hall (7.47 x 6.60max 5.10min)
Dining Room 23'6 x 22' max 16'7min (7.18 x 6.70max 5.07min)
Wedgewood Library 22'9 x 21'max 16'9min (6.95 x 6.44max 5.11min)
Office/Study 23'8max 15'5 x 16'9 (7.23max 4.72min x 5.11max)
Lift to all levels
Two sets of Staircases to first floor (one leading from the main reception hall and the other is set of the hallway itself.)
Guest Cloakroom 8'10 x 2'8 (2.71 x 0.82)

First Floor Accommodation
Kings Suite 22'max 16'10min x 15'10 (6.70max 5.14min x 4.84)
Ensuite Bathroom 18'6 x 6'8 (5.64 x 2.04)
Queens Suite 18'3 x 15'4 (5.57 x 4.68)
Ensuite Bathroom 9'11 x 7'6 (3 X 2.31)
Princess Suite 22'max 15'10min x 16'7 (6.75max 5.14min x 5.06)
Ensuite Bathroom with Sauna 16'7max x 8'5 (5.07max x 2.58max)
White Drawing Room 31'5 x 22'max 16'10min (9.60 x 6.70max 5.15min)
Guest Cloakroom 8'5 x 2'7 (2.59 x 0.81)

Second Floor Accommodation
Princes Suite 24'8max 15'6min x 20'7max 17'2min (7.52max 4.73min x 6.29max 5.24min)
Enusite Bathroom 12'3 x 8'8 (3.74 x 2.65)
Regal Suite 25'7max x 22'max 17'7min (7.80max x 6.73max 5.37min)
Ensuite Bathroom 18'2 x 6' (5.54x 1.81)
Knights Suite 22'max 17'6min x 16'4 (6.73max 5.34min x 5)
Ensuite Bathroom 17'4 x 6'7 (5.29 x 2.02)
Knaves Suite 17' x 15'8 (5.22 x 4.78)
Ensuite Bathroom 10'3 x 7'4 (3.14 x 2.26)

Access via staircase to the LARGE Roof Terrace

Moat House - Later Addition which is attached to the Main Castle
Chapel Room 26'8 x 19'9 (8.15 x 6.02)
Bedroom 15'8 x 14'9 (4.80 x 4.50)
Bedroom 13'8 x 10' (4.19 x 3.05)
Dressing room/bedroom leading off 10' x 6'9 (3.05 x 2.06)
Glazed reception hall leading to:
Fitted Kitchen 16'9 x 10'5 (5.11 x 3.20)
Turret Bedroom 13'8 x 13'8 (4.19 x 4.19)

Moat House - First Floor Accommodation
Bowers Suite 15'8 x 15'5 (4.80 x 4.72)
Bedroom 12'2 x 10'2 (3.73 x 3.12)
Jack & Jill Ensuite (access to landing)
Bedroom 13'8 x 10'5 (4.19 x 3.20)
Bedroom/Dressing Room 10' x 6'5 (3.05 x 1.98)
Shower Room

Double gates leading from the Inner Ward (courtyard) opening onto the brick built bridge crossing the moat providing access to the church and quiet country lane to the village.

Lying adjacent to the Bridge is the:
Gate House
Bedroom 14' x 12' 8 (4.27 x 3.88) (ground Floor)
Shower room
Spiral staircase to:
Studio with kitchenette 16'9 x 14' (5.11 x 4.27)

Three further turrets located at each corner of the courtyard of the Keep
Sister Josephine Turret
Studio 14' x 11'8 (4.27 x 3.58) (ground Floor)
Staircase to:
Bedroom 14' x 10'2(4.27 x 3.12) with ensuite shower room
Sir Thomas More Turret
Studio with Kitchenette 14'9 x 11' (4.50 x 3.35)
Staircase to:
Bedroom 12' x 10' (3.66 x 3.05) with ensuite shower Room
Matthew Craddock Turret
Studio with Kitchenette 16'4 x 16'6 (5.00 x 5.03)
Spiral Staircase to Bedroom with ensuite 16'2 x 16'2 (4.95 x 4.95)

In addition there is a converted gatehouse, an orangery, workshop and old dungeon which is bound to be of interest to guests.
The extensive grounds include gardens and lakes and parkland, scope to land helicopters, additional sweeping driveway through the vast 20acres of grounds.


The property is connected to mains water and electricity. Oil fired central heating and mains gas to the 2nd floor.

The Council tax band is H payable to Staffordshire Moorlands 0345 605 3011
Local Amenities

Caverswall village has excellent local amenities including a shop, two schools and active Village Hall. A supermarket is only three miles at Blythe Bridge. The castle is ideally situated to many golf courses eg , Trentham Golf Club is 6 miles away, Leek Golf Club is 9 miles away, Westwood Golf Club is 11 miles away, and Onneley Golf Club is 16 miles away. The Peak District and the Potteries are also within easy reach.

Road & Train Links

Three miles from the A50, providing easy access to the M6 and M1. The main line rail station at Stoke on Trent is approximately 7.3miles and offers a regular direct service to London Euston which takes approximately 1hr 23mins.
Stoke on Trent 6miles
Birmingham 45miles
Manchester 50miles
M6 (j15) 8 Miles

From the M6 take the A500 towards Stoke on Trent. Follow signs to Uttoxeter onto the A50. Continue for 3 miles through the underpass and take the turning at Blythe Bridge signed to Caverswall. Turn immediately left at the roundabout signed for Caverswall, Continue for approximately 2 miles and at the junction turn right and on entering the Village square, bear right. The gateway for Caverswall Castle will be found on the right between the two churches.

From Birmingham/Sutton Coldfield/Lichfield the A38 and the A50 to Blythe Bridge or alternatively the A51 from Lichfield to Sandon and the B5066 to Blythe Bridge.


Viewings are strictly by appointment via Paul Carr Estate Agents Exclusive and Rural Homes department at our Four Oaks office on 0121 308 5511 or or via Pennycuick Collins on 0121 456 1700 or


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