£12m estate on the market for the first time in 1,000 years

£12m estate on the market for the first time in 1,000 years


A grand estate near Kidderminster, featuring a 13-bedroomed main property and 1,300 acres of gardens, as well as land containing six farms and 12 cottages, has been put on the market for the first time since 1086.

Shakenhurst Hall has an asking price of £12 million, according to a report in the Daily Mail newspaper, and comes with its own lake and landscaped parkland, along with a shoot and fishing on the River Rea.

The hall itself contains a library, drawing room, morning room, reception hall, dining room and kitchen, all done up in a grand Georgian style, after it was rebuilt for a second time in the 1790s.

Sold jointly by estate agents Balfours and Savills, the hall was put on the market by trustees of the estate, following the deaths of former inhabitants and descendants of the original owners, Michael Severne and his daughter Amanda, who died in 2007 and 2008.

Although Amanda, who died of cancer at just 54, left behind a husband and two sons in their 20s, the decision was made to put Shakenhurst Hall into trust as the estate was in “financial difficulty”.

The estate has had an interesting history, to say the least, it is believed that Shakenhurst Hall was first owned by the son of a Norman baron who fought in the Battle of Hastings, who is thought to have been gifted it by William the Conqueror.

Jumping forward a few hundred years, the hall was also used as a school for girls during the Second World War.

Tony Morris-Eyton, from Savills, told the Daily Mail: “The estate is completely unspoilt and that is a benefit of having this extremely unusual blood lineage dating back to the 1300s.”

He added: “It really is the quintessential country estate and the family are distressed at seeing it go.”   

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