An impeccably restored Elizabethan mansion where 15th century charm meets timeless style


Not far from Taunton, surrounded by rugged countryside, stands Langford Manor: an exceptional historic house which has been renovated to an exceptional standard.

The fertile valley of Taunton Deane, bounded by the three ranges of west Somerset hills – the Brendons to the west, the Quantocks to the east and the Blackdowns to the south – is an area of ​​rich soil and water abundant, described in 1609 by the cartographer and antiquarian John Norden as “the great paradise of England”.

According to Victoria County HistoryTaunton Deane Manor provided “a princely income” to its powerful landowners, including the Bishops of Winchester, who owned it from the 10th century and built the great Taunton Castle.

The parish of Fivehead, nine miles east of Taunton, sits on a ridge of reclaimed land which stretches from the small town of Langport to the Blackdown Hills and overlooks Sedgemoor, part of the Somerset Levels and Valley of the he is.

Newly marketed by Strutt & Parker, Langford Manor, Grade II* listed, Fivehead, an immaculately restored Elizabethan mansion built around a 15th century core and set in 7½ acres of immaculate gardens and grounds with open countryside views. Sales agent Oliver Custance Baker quotes a guide price of £5million.

According to its Historic England List, there has been a house on the site since at least the 13th century. The current house is built on a double E-plan with a central 15th century east-west row; it was enlarged and remodeled in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, substantially restored in 1905, and again in the 20th and 21st centuries.

In 1518 the manor was bequeathed to the Dean and Canons of Exeter Cathedral who owned it until around 1860, when it was mainly occupied by sharecroppers.

During the latter part of the 19th century, Langford Farm, as it was then known, was left to deteriorate and became largely uninhabitable. In 1904, the estate was acquired by the Matterson family, who commissioned London architect Rupert Austin to renovate the house. In the middle of the 20th century, the house was divided in two, but then became a single dwelling and, more recently, an upscale B&B.

The current owners have updated and renovated the mansion, which now offers over 8,000 square feet of living space over three floors, including four main reception rooms, an office, a library and a kitchen/breakfast room. breakfast, with the master bedroom and four other bedrooms. on the first floor and an independent apartment on the upper floor. It includes a lodge and a three-bedroom cottage.

Approached through wooded grounds along a scenic driveway, Langford Manor is wonderfully secluded and private. A range of stone outbuildings provide garage and storage, while a large courtyard behind the house is perfect for al fresco dining. Also on the grounds are a tennis court, croquet lawn, and a Victorian greenhouse rebuilt to its original design.

Langford Manor is currently on the market through Strutt & Parker with an indicative price of £5million — see more picturesWhere inquire with the agent for more details.

Fivehead: what you need to know

Location: In the heart of Somerset, just under 10 miles east of Taunton and 20 miles from Yeovil, north of the Blackdown Hills Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rail services are available from Taunton, and there is excellent access to the M5 and A303.

Atmosphere: The quiet, rural village benefits from a close community, centered around the local churches, village hall and local pub.

Things to do: Explore the surrounding countryside and the Quantock Hills, or take a trip to Taunton to visit its parks and gardens, shop and enjoy the excellent restaurants on offer.

Schools: Curry Mallet Church of England Primary School is rated ‘outstanding’ by Osted and Hambridge Community Primary School is rated ‘good’. There are excellent independent options in the area with Taunton School, Millfield School, King’s College and The Castle School.

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