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14 Bedroom other Teversal Village, Sutton-In-Ashfield £1,800,000

Impressive Teversal Manor is set in 17 acres of glorious grounds and has a long and intriguing history, including a role in one of the most famous novels ever written.


Standing proudly over its exquisite grounds ? and including two cottages as well as the main 12-bedroom house ? Teversal Manor is a magnificent country home with a fascinating and colourful history. Believed to date back in part to at least 1612, the imposing Grade II Listed mansion was originally home to the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. Since then it has evolved in its structure and had many notable owners and interesting connections. ?For a long time, it was in the ownership of the Carnarvon family: the 5th Earl of Carnarvon was, of course, best known for his role in the excavation of Tutankhamun?s tomb,? explains the current owner. ?While the Carnarvons lived here, the author Virginia Woolf would frequently come to stay, and it was under their ownership in 1896 that the house was extended and significantly remodelled.?

Impressive Teversal Manor is famous, however, for playing another important role in literary history. “DH Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire and this house is widely considered to have been the inspiration for Wragby Hall in Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” the owner says. “In the first world war, the house was offered for use by Elizabeth Dowager Duchess of Carnarvon, aka Elsie, for the rehabilitation of Belgian refugees and soldiers. They put a slope down to the second garden terrace for wheelchairs and it is said that gave Lawrence the idea for Constance’s husband Clifford, who was in a wheelchair. In the book, the village was called ‘Tevershall.’” Published in 1928, DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover was banned in the UK for more than 30 years because of its explicit scenes. Since the famous trial in 1960 over its eventual publication, it has been the subject of a number of films and television series.
It was in 1994 that the current owner and his wife bought the magnificent house near Mansfield. Since then they have renovated the incredible property and enjoyed its flexibility for a range of other purposes. These have included running a tea room and gift shop, as well as letting one wing of the manor, a 3 bedroom house with its own private entrance and garden, on a long-term basis and transforming the grade II listed gatehouse into a successful holiday property. “We bought it as a family home, and it has been a simply wonderful place to live but the beauty of the manor is also that it is incredibly versatile. It could be ideal for an extended family wishing to live together but with separate self-contained areas or it could be a wonderful luxury guest house or boutique hotel – a lifestyle business, perhaps. It has also been considered as a venue for high end weddings.”
With 48 rooms, the splendid main house can be arranged to have up to 14 bedrooms (eight currently in use with en suites), while the gatehouse has four bedrooms of its own. Another one-bedroom cottage is currently used for storage but could have a range of alternative uses as required. “The manor is a very beautiful house and it is ready for someone to move into and enjoy,” the owner says. “It has a new biomass heating system and a superb, hand-painted kitchen from Osborne of Ilkeston, with modern fittings include Miele appliances. There is a second kitchen in the house, which is also a fantastic space and was upgraded 20 years ago. This has an Aga and was the old billiard room; you can still see the original skylight windows in here.”
Indeed, the magnificent house has an abundance of exquisite period features, ranging from a splendid staircase and large windows to ornate fireplaces, wooden panelling and window seats. “These are complemented by some high specification contemporary touches, such as chandeliers from Christopher Wray Lighting.” The main parts of the manor house have now all been renovated and beautifully redecorated. The servants’ quarters are currently not used but could be transformed by new owners wishing to put their own stamp on the mansion. “The manor has been finished to a high standard but there is still great potential here.”
The location of Teversal Manor makes it easy to reach without compromising its beauty and tranquillity. It is just a short drive from the M1 and within easy reach of Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and Lincoln. “This is a lovely conservation village, which is still very active, and we are just a few miles from the busy town centre of Mansfield,” says the owner. “Yet we are surrounded by wonderful countryside where you can walk and cycle and are close to the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall. We have open views all around us but all the amenities we need close by. We have enjoyed everything about being here – it has given us the best of all worlds.”
Setting the Scene
The mature grounds of 17 acres, including the Grade II Listed terraced gardens , have also been improved by the current owners. They include beautiful terraced areas, featuring stone walls and steps, plus formal rose gardens, lawns, a stream and acres of woodland. There is an impressive driveway, as well as outbuildings and the two cottages. The owner says: “The grounds here make it a lovely place to host events, we have hosted all sorts of occasions here, from concerts to parties and weddings. Our own son’s and daughter’s weddings were held here: our daughter married at the lovely church next door, and then had a marquee for 100 guests out on the terrace.” There is even a family pew for the manor at St. Katherines.
Matlock is 15 miles away and offers a good range of facilities for shopping and leisure, as does Derby City centre which is only 14 miles away and provides an excellent range of schooling and recreational facilities including the theatres, cinema's, restaurants and bars, museums and art galleries. The M1 is easily accessed, providing an excellent north/south link to the East Midlands and Manchester airports and also London. For days out the Peak District National Park is easily accessible and there are many National Trust properties and parks around the area. Nottingham City Centre is approximately 17 miles away with its excellent range of shopping, schooling and recreational facilities including the national ice rink, theatres and art galleries. The mainline station offers a regular service to London St. Pancras providing a fast service for commuters. East Midlands airport is 28 miles away. Sutton-in-Ashfield is served by regular bus services from Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.
Leaving Nottingham, head towards the M1 along the A610 passing through the City Centre and out towards Nuthall. Merge onto the M1 northbound and proceed until you reach Junction 28, take the A38 exit to Mansfield/Matlock. At Pinxton Interchange take the 4th exit onto Alfreton Road/A38 and after 1.4 miles turn left onto Common Road/B6027 and proceed straight through two roundabouts. Continue onto Main Street then turn left onto Chesterfield Road, after 1.3 miles turn right onto Wild Hill/B6014 after 1.1 miles turn left onto Silverhill Lane then immediately right onto Pleasley Road. After 0.5 miles turn right onto Buttery Lane and continue to follow the road round the two bends, the house can be found on your right hand side identified by the house name plaque.SAT NAVFor those with Sat Nav the post code is NG17 3JN

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