As old as Lower House in Hopton Castle, near Craven Arms in Shropshire, clearly is, it pales in age-comparison with a near neighbour.
The Grade II listed property dates back to the 15th century, with additional work done in the 17th .
But sitting opposite it is the ancient tower house of Hopton Castle, the fortress that gave the hamlet its name and which can trace its history back to around the 12th or 13th century.
Though it has features relating to the 11th and 12th century, the castle may have been built in an old-fashioned style to give its owners increased status.
It is famous for being besieged for a month during the Civil War.
At that time it was owned by the Wallops, who were Parliamentarians.
A garrison of 30 held out against Prince Rupert’s troops before they surrendered and were callously killed.
The keep is all that remains and is now managed by the Hopton Castle Preservation Trust as a visitor attraction.
The pretty Lower House is a relative ‘new build’ therefore.
It is a charming property with accommodation set out over two floors.
Inside there are many period features including exposed timbers and beams , a bread oven, inglenook fireplaces, and character doors and windows.
On the ground floor there are three reception rooms – a sitting room, drawing room and dining room. It has a kitchen breakfast with fitted units and a laundry.
There is also a conservatory. This does not have Listed Building Consent but this is now being sought in relation to plans for a remodelled kitchen/conservatory.
Another room on the ground floor could be a study or be used as a bedroom, as it is next to a bathroom with corner bath and shower.
Upstairs there are five bedrooms.
The master has access to an en suite bathroom and there is a shower room. Cellars on the lower ground floor and attics on the top floor offer space for storage.
Gardens are mostly laid to lawn with well-stocked flower beds, specimen trees, productive fruit and vegetable gardens and a small orchard.
Terraces facing north and south run the length of the house.
A gravel driveway leads to a parking area with a double garage, workshop and stone wood store. Lower House is in a rural hamlet within The Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The nearby village of Leintwardine has a shop and petrol station, post office, butchers, primary school and pub .
Ludlow, which is renowned for its history, culture and food, is 12 miles away and there are further amenities at Craven Arms and Shrewsbury.
TEL: 01952 239 500
GUIDE PRICE: £650,000