By Becca Husselbee
A historic mansion that dates back to the Domesday Book with connections to the royal family is now on the market.
The Grade II Listed Henley Park that sits within idyllic parkland setting has a £1,295,000 price tag.
With a Georgian wing offering an impressive double length reception room, five bedrooms and three bathrooms, it has views from every angle.
The 3,500 square foot property, in Guildford, Surrey, has seen a lot of history unfold within its walls, from tales of the Black Death to royalty, sexual scandal and even playing a role in the Second World War effort.
The property’s first recorded owner, Azor the Saxon, was reputedly a guard of Edward the Confessor. He the left his properties and land to Chertsey Abbey, which owned Henley Park from 1080.
For over 300 years it was just a normal medieval manor like many others until the highly contagious plague, the Black Death, killed many of the occupants, leaving the five surrounding farmsteads unoccupied and land vacant.
King Edward III took a fancy to Henley and bought it for £550 and moved out the survivors, giving them other lands nearby in exchange, turning it into a royal hunting park.
For another 300 years, Henley remained a royal deer park and stud farm until Charles I sold the mansion for £850 to a gentleman called Arthur Squibb in the 1630s.
Squibb had very grand aspirations for the estate but eventually made himself bankrupt in the process and a hundred years later, Solomon Dayrolle, decided to build the more restrained Georgian-style mansion that is still standing today.
After being passed on through the hands of many owners, Henley Park eventually became an Auxiliary Military Hospital during the first World War but was quickly turned into a factory manufacturing filters for military vehicles, ships and planes during WWII.
During the 1970’s and 80’s, the factory as well as the mansion deteriorated and was close to being demolished to make way for developers.
The factory remained until 2012 when it was finally demolished and the house was saved at the last minute and lovingly restored in 1998.
The royal hunting estate’s historic mansion house sits north of the village of Normandy, in the borough of Guildford, Surrey, and is your to buy for the guide price of £1,295,000.
The village of Normandy can trace its history back to the Conqueror, whilst Henley Park was part of the Royal Forest of Windsor as early as the 12th Century.
Nearby, the quintessential English village of Pirbright has a wonderful selection of shops, public houses and a village green as well as schools and a number of golf clubs for those who like to hit the green.
There is also excellent commuter links to London via train in just under an hour and or via motorway link, the M25 and the A3.
The house is now on the market through UK Sotheby’s International Realty.