A manor house is a large country house, which was historically the capital residence or massage within a manor, the basic unit of territorial organisation in the feudal system in Europe, in which dwelled the lord of the manor. It formed the administrative centre of a manor and within its great hall was held the lord’s manorial courts, communal meals with manorial tenants and great banquets. The term is today loosely applied to smaller country houses, frequently dating from the late medieval era, which formerly housed the gentry. They were often fortified, but this was frequently intended more for show than for defense. Manor houses existed in most European countries where feudalism existed, where they were sometimes known as castles, palaces, and so on. Many buildings, such as schools, are named Manor; the reason behind this is because the building was or is close to a manor house.

The lord of a manor may have held several such properties throughout a county or even, for example in the case of a feudal baron, throughout a kingdom, which he occupied only on occasional visits. Even so, the business of the manor required to be directed and controlled by regular manorial courts, which appointed manorial officials such as the bailiff, granted copyhold leases to tenants, resolved disputes between manorial tenants and administered justice in general. Furthermore, the producer of a small manor might be insufficient to feed a lord and his large family for a full year, and thus he would spend only a few months at each manor and move on to another where stores had been laid up. This also gave the opportunity for the vacated manor house to be cleaned, especially important in the days of the cess-pit, and repaired. The day-to-day administration was carried out by a resident official in authority at each manor, who in England was called a bailiff, or reeve.
Manor House

Lord it in a Grade II listed manor which has seen many centuries of comings and goings in a Warwickshire village. They certainly built things to last in the 16th century. 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. 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. 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. An innovative new venture specialising in the development and rental of English country houses has launched with an historic acquisition and major plans to build a portfolio of noteworthy properties in key regional tourism hubs.

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