Property of the week
A grand country house with
Looking for a suitably stately country retreat with spectacular views and a serious historic pedigree? Grade II listed, nine-bedroom Chedington Court, near Beaminster in Dorset, dates back to the reign of Edward I in the 13th century, though it didn’t appear in its current Jacobean form until about 1840, writes Eleanor Doughty.
Sir Henry Peto, son of the Victorian railway magnate, Sir Samuel Morton Peto, bought the estate in 1893 and lived there until 1938.
Extensive building works, completed in 1999, saw the addition of an orangery, study and Great Hall, built on the western side of the house, complete with hammerbeam ceiling.
There is now the full set of rooms for a game of real-life Cluedo – although Mrs White, the Cluedo housekeeper, never had access to an integrated hi-tech communications and entertainment system controlling everything from temperature and lighting to music and televisions. And you never know, the electric gates and security equipment might have prevented the murder in the first place.
It’s on sale for £7.5m with Savills (020 7016 3780; savills. co.uk) and the price tag includes almost 60 acres of land, including water gardens, greenhouses, and a plateau lawn that would be the perfect spot for a summer garden party.