Known as St. James House, this stately British manor dates to 1901, when it was rebuilt on the site of a decaying Elizabethan mansion. The original 17-century house was inextricably linked to the Fairfax family, according to Carter Jonas, which has the listing. Lord Thomas Fairfax was commander-in-chief of the Parliamentary army when it defeated Charles I during the English Civil War. “It’s a Grade II-manor house set in beautiful grounds,” listing agent Rachel Macpherson said. “It’s very grand and British, but it’s still a cozy family home.”
The ground floor of the three-story house features a formal drawing room with a fireplace, high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that look over the garden. There is also a large study/family room with a wood stove and lots of natural light. This floor also holds a dining room and an adjoining eat-in kitchen with an Aga stove. A large conservatory runs along the back of the house, linking the public rooms together.
“The house sort of feels like it needs people in it,” Ms. Macpherson said. “It’s very good for entertaining—everything flows.” A wide staircase leads to the second floor, which holds four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. This floor also has a “really exciting secret passageway that takes you to the back of the house,” then up a staircase to the third floor and another bedroom, Ms. Macpherson said.
Article source: Mansion Global