They certainly built things to last in the 16th century.
Upton Manor in the village of Haselor in Warwickshire, can be traced back as far as the 1500s.
Looking at the thick beams that support the ceiling and the rather magnificent vaulted ceiling in the family room, one can wonder about the families that have lived there over the centuries, what changes have been made and what they would still recognise about the house.
The Grade II listed village house sits comfortably in the centre of Haselor but is in a slightly elevated position, which gives it a view of the local church and of the Warwickshire countryside surrounding it .
The house has an entrance with flagstones to the floor and exposed stone walls and beams. Doors to the back lead to a boot room and utility, ideal for dealing with muddy footwear from winter walks. There is also access to a guest cloakroom from the hallway.
Rooms include a beamed sitting room dominated by a large blue lias stone fireplace that houses a log burner.
There are more exposed beams and timbers in the dining room.
For casual dining, there is space in the kitchen/breakfast room. This is fitted with Watts & Wright solid oak units with granite worktops, integrated Bosch and Dietrich appliances and an electric Aga. A central island offers more storage space. Two sets of French doors open to the side and rear terraces which enjoy morning and afternoon sun.
The most impressive space is probably the family room, thanks to its high ceiling supported by exposed trusses.
This also has a stone fireplace with multi-fuel stove. There are lovely views from the many windows and from the bi-fold doors out to sun terrace.
On the first-floor landing, a linen cupboard offers useful storage space.
There are three double bedrooms on this floor, all of them with en suite bathrooms.
The master bedroom is particularly large at 20’10” by 12’9”, with a private bathroom to match which includes a roll top bath and separate shower.
The second bedroom is also a good size and has beams to the ceiling.
On the second floor the landing is big enough to include a study/sitting area.
There are two more bedrooms here and a family bathroom
Outside, a gated driveway leads past the front lawn to a gravelled parking area to the side and triple garage beyond (which could be converted into an annexe, subject to planning permission).
The garden includes a kitchen garden and a stable that is currently used as a store.
To the side there is a lawn, fruit trees and rose beds.
The grounds cover more than an acre in all.
Haselor is a popular Warwickshire village with a very active community . It has a primary school, church and tennis court.
There are shops in Alcester, two miles away, and also a Waitrose supermarket.
More comprehensive shopping and leisure facilities can be found in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is six miles away.
AGENT: Robert Powell/ Knight Frank
TEL: 0121 454 6930/ 01789 297735
GUIDE PRICE: £1,275,000