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Spectacular Elizabeth manor house near Norwich comes up for sale for £2.4 million

PUBLISHED: 13:37 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 24 September 2018

Rainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.com

Rainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.com

A stunning manor house boasting 12 bedrooms and situated in almost 19 acres of gardens and grounds south of Norwich has come on the market for offers in excess of £2.4 million.

It’s a home for someone with millions to spend. This spectacular 12 bedroom, Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house situated south of Norwich, is for sale for offers in excess of £2.4 million.

Rainthorpe Hall, near Tasburgh, situated in almost 18.7 acres and at the end of an impressive tree lined drive, also comes with a separate cottage and stable block.

Rainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.comRainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.com

Rainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.comRainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.com

The house, which at one time was used as a wedding venue, dates to the 16th century with later additions including magnificent fireplaces, oak panelling carvings and stained glass. The house is constructed of red sand faced brickwork throughout the lower storeys with some dark blue brick, while the upper floors of the original hall are timber framed with exposed studs under a tiled roof.

Rainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.comRainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.com

Rainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.comRainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.com

Designed in a traditional Elizabethan E plan and arranged over three storeys, the front façade faces north east and the terrace at the rear faces south. Large stone mullioned windows ensure beautiful light rooms in the mornings and evenings.

Rainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.comRainthorpe Hall, for sale. Pic: www.knightfrank.com

In 1579, the lawyer Thomas Baxter purchased the property and added two new wings, before selling the property in 1628. The next owner of note was Frederick Walpole, youngest son of Horatio Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford, who purchased the property in 1852; his influence on the house can be seen in the hall chimney, stone windows and stained glass.

Colonel Sir Charles Harvey, who later became the 2nd Baronet Harvey of Crown Point, Trowse, bought Rainthorpe Hall in 1878 and the following year built the stable block and the castellated gardener’s cottage. Harvey added the five bay window extension at the front in 1885.

After this, Rainthorpe Hall was purchased by the economist J Maurice Hastings, who, according to his good friend, Maurice Bowra, held “wild parties” at the hall which passed to his son, George Hastings, who sold it to the barrister and businessman Alastair Wilson, QC, in 1990.

For more information contact agents Knight Frank at www.knightfrank.com

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