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Treasures of a Tudor Manor - 13/02/2017

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Treasures of a Tudor Manor


Hansons Auctioneers are proud to have been appointed to handle the auction of the contents of a stunning Grade II* listed seven bedroom Warwickshire manor house.


The Old Castle at Studley is nestled in 4.59 acres of pasture land in Warwickshire, about  four miles outside the affluent and vibrant town of Henley In Arden.  The house dates back to Tudor times with stunning timber work and later Georgian elements.   The £1.7million property exterior boasts formal gardens with topiary, a ha ha, views towards the church next door and sheep grazing in fields.  The character rich interior boasts a formal sitting room, dining room with huge inglenook fireplace, billiard room and two stair cases – one for servants.   The interior is crammed with all manner of antiques and works of art.


Adrian Rathbone, Associate Director of Hansons Auctioneers who is overseeing the sale of the contents comments.


‘It is every Auctioneer’s dream to be called to an ancient manor house crammed with wonderful antiques and other furnishings.  Just such an occurrences are very few and far between these days.  Gone are the days of the ‘Country House Sale’.  Until now.  When I was invited to The Old Castle at Studley near Henley In Arden I was amazed to be greeted by a sweeping driveway leading to a Tudor manor house which would not look out of place in a Miss Marple mystery.  One might say it is every Englishman or woman’s dream home.  Large but not overbearing.  Warm and overflowing with character which has been impeccably conserved - just like the contents.  This is a real treasure trove of antiques which is set to ignite interest from buyers across the globe who have a fondness for the English Country House.  A look many of us aspire to, myself included’.


The contents have been removed in their entirety to Hansons Derbyshire based auction centre, the principle of which will be offered in their 31st March/1st April Fine Art Auction.


The interior furniture and furnishings were put together over many years by the current owner who has sold the property and is downsizing.  There are numerous examples of early English oak and country furniture with notable highlights to include a William & Mary walnut chest on stand, two antique tester beds, a vast oak oval drop leaf dining table, chests, chair sets and settles.  There are also paintings, ceramics metalwork and rugs. 


Experts at Hansons are currently cataloguing the contents in preparation for the auction in late March and the fully illustrated catalogue will be available about a week prior.


In celebration of this magnificent English Country House, Hansons are currently inviting further entries for inclusion in the auction - from old master and sporting paintings to antique furniture, silver, ceramics and glass.  Entries close 4th March.  Home visits can be arranged for large/bulky items and clients who are downsizing or dealing with an estate  clearance.


For further information please contact Adrian Rathbone on 01283 733988 or email


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