Catherine Parr’s ancestral Tudor manor home goes on sale for GBP6.5 million in Essex

Stanstead Hall, once the rural home of Catherine Parr’s grandfather, and a property pawned in many a royal dispute over several millenniums, is now up for sale for GBP6.5 million. Parts of the Grade II-listed Tudor Manor House, which has 13 bedrooms, dates back to the 11th Century, when Edward the Confessor reigned. Over the years, the property changed hands as many a royal dispute over the last millennium. In 1092, William the Conqueror gave Stanstead Hall to Robert Malet who was the Chamberlain of England. However, the estate was seized and he was banished from the realm for his part in the conspiracy to undermine Henry I (the fourth son of William the Conqueror).SavillsThe property in the village of Greenstead Green was passed around the nobility until the Bouchier family obtained a license to turn it into a castle in 1341 – and a moat was added. The now fortified Manor House was passed to Sir William Parr in the 16th century. He was also the grandfather of Catherine Parr and sixth and last surviving wife to Henry VIII. The Grade II-listed Tudor Manor House can be accessed today via a long driveway lined with trees. It features 13 bedrooms, six bathrooms, seven reception rooms, and is situated in 46 acres of moated garden with a heated swimming pool and a pizza oven, gym, and tithe barn. It retains some Tudor features such as inglenook fireplaces and cornicing on ceilings.