A dazzling manor

An dazzling manor – Wolterton Manor, Wolterton Manor House, East Barsham Manor, East Barsham Manor, East Barhsam, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, NR21 0LH – £3.95 million

One of Norfolk’s most historic houses for sale for a staggering £3.95 million just a year after it was last sold for £2.75 million


Henry VII stayed there and left barefoot to visit the nearby shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and its moulded brickwork was described as “exceeding anything of the kind in England” by Humphry Repton, the landscape architect. Now, Wolterton Manor (formerly known as East Barsham Manor) is for sale for £3.95 million ($6.1 million, €5.7 million).


A dazzling manor – Wolterton Manor House was formerly known as East Barsham Hall
The main elevation of the Tudor manor house


Sold by Sir John Guinness in July 2014 after the death of his wife, the house is now back on the market just a year later for a staggering £1.2 million ($1.9 million, €1.7 million) more than its last asking price of £2.75 million ($4.3 million, €4 million). It has been redecorated in a contemporary style but what surprises, given the vast increase in price, is that the gardens Lady Guinness so lovingly restored now look somewhat overgrown and neglected.


Built between 1520 and 1530 by Sir Henry Fermor as what Country Life described as “a powerful statement of his family’s rising status, both in his native county and at Court”. The Tudor building subsequently fell into ruin in the 18th century and was restored between 1915 and 1938 by first a Lincolnshire farmer and subsequently a self-styled count named Count Jeremie Hapsburg-Lothringen – who was actually born Jeremy Willoughby.


The great hall as it is now (top) and decorated more tradionally when it was sold by Sir John Guinness (bottom)
A grand staircase is one of the many impressive features
This aerial shot shows that the gardens created by Lady Guinness to now be somewhat overgrown
There are 4.6 acres of gardens and grounds in total
A cottage is included in the sale but the buildings beyond are separately owned
The late Lady Guinness in the driveway


In the ownership of the former diplomat Sir John and Lady Guinness between 1997 and 2014, the 9,416 square foot house set in 4.6 acres was “maintained in a way that’s very faithful” according to the 2014 selling agent, Louis de Soissons of Savills. It includes 7 bedrooms, a Great Hall, 7 reception rooms and there is also a gate house and a cottage that provide a further 3,907 square foot of accommodation.


Wolterton Manor is for sale through Sotheby’s International Realty.



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  1. How ridiculous!!!!!!! It looked so much better in The Telegraph article/Savills photos. Whereas Sir John and Lady Guinness respected the heritage and furnished it appropriately, the new owners have brought in blandness and let the garden turn into a jungle!!!!!!! How can they justify asking £1.2 million more just a year later?????? Someone’s on the acid or having a joke!!!!!!!


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