Talk about buying a real piece of history.
This home is reputed to be the England’s oldest continually inhabited house, according to Mansion Global. And blending old with new, the ancient, palatial property has both an indoor pool and a moat.
Welcome to Great Tangley Manor in Surrey, an 11th-century estate now on the market for $13.5 million. The listing — which is jointly held by Strutt & Parker and Savills — offers plenty of other modern amenities (such as electric car charging points and a helicopter hangar) mixed with historic elements (King George V and Queen Mary signed the dining room’s window with a diamond ring).
“Not many homes can lay claim to once being a 12th century Royal hunting lodge, having timbers reputedly from the Spanish Armada, a William Morris design named after it that featured in Queen Victoria’s Windsor apartments and renovations by one of the Britain’s most iconic Arts & Crafts architects,” commented Phillipa Dalby Welsh of the Savills Country Department in press materials received by The Post. “This is a house that is testament to how done correctly, homes can change and grow over time to suit the needs of their owners, yet not detract from its architectural integrity and incredible history.”
The estate’s foundations date to the year 1016, and it has never been without an occupant in the 1,006 years since. During that time, multiple British monarchs have become linked to the lodging, which has also been expanded upon and furnished by various revered architects. Following a 12th-century fire, a portion of the home was rebuilt as a medieval hall house; those Spanish Armada timbers were added when a former occupant contributed to the Crown during a battle, and got them in return as a gift.
In addition to royals, Virginia Woolf is also known to have visited the home, along with her father and sister, Vanessa Bell — and Gladys Vanderbilt is reported to have given birth to her second child while living at Tangley in 1913.
The manor was long divided into two wings, but the most recent owners merged them, using the former Great Tangley Manor Wing as their primary residence and the Great Tangley Manor West wing as a vacation rental. The main wing boasts a drawing room, a dining room, a 40-foot indoor heated pool, a sauna, an office, five bedrooms, two dressing rooms and three bathrooms. The West wing has a private entrance, three reception areas, a kitchen, a study, five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
“The house, although impressive in stature and size, is welcoming, reassuring and charming,” commented Strutt & Parker’s country department head, Oliver Custance Baker. “For somewhere that celebrated its millennium in 2016 it’s very special to be part of the process that is finding the next custodian of such an important piece of this country’s heritage.”
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.