Modern updates give this 17th-century English mansion a resort feel



Location: West Sussex, England

Price: £ 6.95 million ($ 9.54 million)

This medieval English estate features a study, an impressive range of leisure facilities and several different sites all in one.

“If there was a perfect home for a year-round closure, this would be this one,” listing agent James Mackenzie said of Morley Manor, which is located in the idyllic rural hamlet of Shermanbury. “You can walk down to the lake and feel in the middle of Devon, or relax by the pool and feel like the south of France.”

The mansion carries an official Grade II historic designation and features spectacular gardens, grounds, equestrian facilities and far south views over the magnificent South Downs. Built in the 17th century, the estate may have been named after the family of John Morley, who was a local parishioner in 1652.

A grand entrance hall features an open fireplace and a spectacular chandelier.

Strutt and Parker

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The original property has been significantly expanded over the years, undergoing extensive renovations under the direction of the current owner, who dug an entire lake and put in place a new driveway and swimming pool.

“The renovation was done to exacting standards with no expense spared,” said Mr. Mackenzie. “The owner himself is in the building, so he’s exceptionally knowledgeable and happy to spend the money to keep things as perfect as possible.”


The 6,918 square foot main house features five bedrooms, four bathrooms and five reception rooms, and sits on 14.25 acres of land. The property also includes garages, stables, outbuildings and a pool house, and there are six additional bedrooms divided between the shed, the garage and two small apartments in the stable.

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The property has an impressive range of facilities, including a library and office, a wine cellar and an orangery. The land includes a garage block containing a gym, two double garages, two mezzanine bedrooms and parking. The stable block contains nine Loddon stables, two oak stables, a heated carpet room and a horse solarium and washing area.

The estate also features well-maintained formal gardens with a lily pond, as well as walled gardens and a greenhouse. The property’s incredible array of recreational features include a tennis court, outdoor bar and barbecue area, outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as a pool house with seating areas and a sauna. There is also a summer house, croquet lawn and an Olympic-sized all-weather sand school horse arena with training mirrors, pole pens and ramps.

“Overlooking the lake, the owner built this beautiful thatched-roof colonial hut with a wood-burning stove in the middle, ready for all seasons to eat and entertain,” said Mr. Mackenzie.

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Neighborhood Notes

Shermanbury is home to a former parish church and is close to many top schools including Farlington, Handcross Park, Cottesmore, Hurstpierpoint College and the coastal town of Brighton.

Local shops are available in the neighboring villages of Cowfold, Henfield and Partridge Green, while the larger centers of Horsham and Haywards Heath, each around 8 miles away, offer full facilities and rail services on major lines to London ( Victoria / London Bridge). The area is generally well served, with the A23 road just five miles from the property, providing easy access to Gatwick Airport, as well as the M23 / M25 and the national motorway network.

Agent: James Mackenzie, Head of Country House Department at Strutt & Parker

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