Lavish 12th century home that was mentioned in Domesday Book is now for sale

Byeballs Farm is a historic, six-bedroom farmhouse that’s on a site which has been inhabited since the Norman Conquest.

The incredible home, which is currently on sale for £1.75million, was mentioned in the Domesday Book and includes medieval murals, carved beams and huge inglenook fireplaces.

As well as dating back to the 12th century, the property is one of the oldest privately owned homes in the local area and comes with 2.5 acres of land.

On the property, new owners will find an orchard, a heated pool, a gym, a party barn and over 1,000 daffodil plants in the spring.

The six-bedroom, four-bathroom home is also just over the hill from a property that was previously owned by actress Sheridan Smith.

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While the property may look like it’s leapt straight from the pages of a fairytale, Byeballs Farm has been updated to modern-day standards with the current owners being careful to maintain the home’s original character.

The home includes both medieval and Tudor architecture with original features and part of the moat still in place.

On entering the property, the home has an ancient panelled front door which leads into a hallway that dates back to the 1500s and includes imposing beams and a brick floor.

Leading off the hall there’s a study and a music room followed by a sitting room which is adorned with medieval murals.

The room is cosy and unique with a mullioned window that overlooks the gardens and a large fireplace complete with a woodburner.

On the other side of the hall is a corridor which leads to the 12th-century portion of the house; this includes a snug, a separate study and a dining room.

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The 12th century section of the home includes some of the best medieval architecture, with plenty of open woodwork, carvings and even a medieval ale hopper and parts of the original bread oven. The corridor then leads to an impressive vaulted kitchen that has an Aga, a seating area and a mezzanine floor.

An oak staircase leads to the master bedroom which has views of the gardens and an ensuite bathroom and dressing room area.

From the central drawing room is the main staircase which is accessed via an ancient Tudor door. The sweeping staircase leads to three bedrooms on the first floor and a family bathroom.

All the bedrooms have exposed beams and have plenty of storage spaces including cupboards. Another flight of stairs leads to what used to be the servants’ quarters. This provides another two spacious bedrooms up in the eaves.

The property was bought by the current owners over 21 years ago when it was in a state of disrepair.

The previous owners used the property as a holiday let but had only used one room. Brambles covered the roof and weeds grew through the bricks on the ground floor.

It took the current owners two years and lots of work to bring the property back to life. Some of the work included reconfiguring the layout, adding bathrooms, sealing up the property and adding a damp course.

Since then, the owners have kept the property in immaculate condition which means the new owner won’t need to lift a finger when they move in.

The seller, Gary Keeley said the home used to look like “the castle in Sleeping Beauty” before the major renovations took place.

He said: “We couldn’t even see the roof for the weeds and trees which had grown up around it. It took us two years to get the house to the standard of being liveable, but we knew it was the perfect place for us as soon as we saw it.

“The murals in the sitting room were what clinched the deal for us as they spelt out our initials, and that, coupled with the house’s amazing atmosphere and position made it completely irresistible, despite the amount of blood, sweat and tears which went into bringing it back to life.

“The house really comes into its own at Christmas, and this is when the hall and dining room feel really special, and you feel as if you could be in a history biopic.

“It’s a house which loves a party and we have had the most wonderful 21 years here, however, now is the time to move on and allow another family to enjoy the space.”

Viewings for Byeballs Farm are available through Cheffins.

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