For the man who hankers after rather more of a country gentleman image, the delightful old Ansty Manor house on the edge of Ansty village in Wiltshire lends itself admirably to tweeds and the classic British country style. Its ancient mellowed stone contains a home with all the modern conveniences to be found in the rich man’s castle, while providing an aristocratic lineage of its own.
The manor (not the bulding) of Ansty can trace its heritage right back to William the Conqueror, who gave it to the de Turberville family, who in turn gave it to the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, in 1211. There have been quite a few buildings here over the years, including a hospice built by the Knights. The present manor house dates back to the 16th Century.
In the midst of beautiful gardens and with a 1 acre lake, it is the quintessential old English country house. There are six bedrooms and three reception rooms, with an indoor swimming pool complex, jacuzzi, gym and sauna, plus garden room. Trains to London run from nearby stations, and Southampton and Bournemouth airports are not far. Details from Knight Frank, guide price £3,950,000.