Historic Dartmoor manor house for sale – £1.25m will get you five bedrooms and the title "Lord of the Manor"
AN HISTORIC manor home, noted in the Domesday book and once owned by Sir Francis Drake, has been put on the market with a £1.25m price tag – and a Lordship thrown in.
The Ancient Grade II listed manor house in Sampford Spiney, north of Yelverton, is believed to date back as far as 1028.
At the beginning of the reign of Henry II (between 1154 and 1189) the manor belonged to Gerard de Spineto, Lord of Sampford. His family remained at the manor for generations, the name eventually leading to the parish being called Sampford Spiney, rather than just Sampford.
In 1581 the house came into the hands Sir Francis Drake. It is thought he obtained the house for £500 as part payment of a wager.
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According to the current owners it's unlikely the legendary seafarer ever lived in the house itself, but is believed to have spent part of his honeymoon in another house in the village of Sampford Spiney.
After Drake's death the house passed into the hands of his second in command, Jonas Bodenham. However, this came under attack from Drake's family, and Bodenham eventually sold the house to Sir Francis' brother Thomas.
The manor was rebuilt in 1607, then restored again in 1935, and for a while became known as Hall Farm, due to its owner the Rev John Hall Parlby.
Following Parlby's departure from the farm it fell into disrepair but in 1987 the current occupants carried out extensive renovation, turning it into a smallholding and a bed and breakfast.
The property is described as a five-bedroom manor house, with three reception rooms and an extensive range of farm buildings along with a one-acre woodland.
Included in the sale is the Lordship of Sampford Spiney and 202 acres of common land.