This is the house that used to belong to Mr Bean.

Not the rubber faced buffoon created by Rowan Atkinson, whose comical interactions with the world have seen him wearing a Christmas turkey for a head.

No, it was a Jack Bean, a famous car manufacturer from the 1900s who purchased Lawnswood House Estate in Wordsley, near Stourbridge, back in 1924.

But Mr Bean was probably not the most notable owner of the estate.

That honour lies with the people it was built for back in the early 1800s.

The Foley family made its fortune back in the 17th century by setting up iron foundries in Stourbridge.

They were a philanthropic-minded lot, the Foleys, using their wealth to build the Old Swinford Hospital in 1677 and also creating the famous Endowed Bluecoat School which still exists today.

But their fortune was sufficient to make sure that family members could live in considerable style.

Lawnswood House was commissioned during the reign of King George III and built by Messrs Firmstone of Stourbridge between 1813 and 1816.

Foleys lived there until 1851 when it was sold to a Colonel Fletcher.

After Jack Bean bought it in the 1920s, he held onto it until 1966 when it was purchased by a John Marsh following the sale of the family’s meat business, Marsh & Baxter.

After nearly 50 years, it has now come back on the market again.

David Banks, senior partner of estate agents G.Herbert Banks, said that the property could make a stunning home – for someone prepared to do some updating.

“The property has changed little for the last 200 years.

“It would be wrong not to point out that things like the bathrooms are old-fashioned and that the property does need some modernisation.

“However, this handsome house, although impressive, is not unmanageable.”

The estate includes the Georgian residence together with a lodge, stable block, secondary lodge called The Kennels, beautiful landscaped gardens and grounds, swimming pool, tennis court, large walled garden and timbered parkland.

There are also five other lots of arable land and woodland for sale.

The Regency-style house has four main reception rooms with valuable fireplaces and ornate plasterwork .

In the rear wing there is a breakfast room, kitchen and other domestic offices.

It has seven bedrooms, four bathrooms and some attic bedrooms on the second floor.

There is copious garaging attached to the house, perfect for the car collector.

The main lodge is by the entrance to the estate before a driveway winds its way through landscaped gardens.

There are wonderful mature trees such as cedar, beech and oak, large lawned areas, terraces, pathways and herbaceous borders.

A swimming pool complex is discreetly set into a sunken garden surrounded by borders and mature shrubs while a hard tennis court is far enough away from the house that there are no fears of mis-hit balls going through windows.

A separate rear driveway arrives at an archway with the second lodge.

It leads into the attractive stable block, Embellished by a bell tower, it contains seven loose boxes, a coach house, tack room and some further storage. There is a modern estate office.

Lawnswood Estate is as well-situated for access to the countryside as it is for access to the West Midlands. The 50-acre Ridgehill Wood protects it to the north east while the house’s elevated position means it has uninterrupted views over its parkland and to the west.

The main estate properties, gardens and grounds of about 6.5 acres are being offered for a guide price of £2,200,000.

In addition, a further 28 acres of adjoining parkland is available for £300,000

More land extending to approximately 150 acres is available by separate negotiation.

VIEWING INFORMATION

AGENT: G. Herbert Banks

TEL: 01299 896 968

WEB: www.gherbertbanks.co.uk

GUIDE PRICE: £2,200,000 – £2,500,000