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By Mark McConville


THIS STUNNING 10-bed house dating from the Domesday was once garrisoned for the King during the civil war and could now be yours for less than £4m.

Incredible images show the magnificent property illuminated at night, the shimmering outdoor pool and the large games room.

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Other striking shots show the modern kitchen, spacious living areas and comfy bedrooms including four-poster beds while the huge dining room features a suit of armour.

Canonteign Manor is located in Christow, Exeter and is currently listed by Fine and Country for £3.95m.

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“The real magic of Canonteign Manor is in its generously proportioned and elegant rooms, which although lit from mullion windows, are both tall and light,” states the listing.

“Most of the principal rooms have a focal point of a granite fireplace and enjoy spectacular views across the valley of the river Teign. From the main entrance you step into the dining hall, an impressive space by anyone’s standards.

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“The kitchen has been very well designed to fill a large space but without it feeling overwhelming. There is a large central island and plenty of storage. The AGA sits on one side of the room and the owner has added in a large oven and hob to the other.

“Double doors open into the breakfast room which has a grand fireplace with wood burner, so it could also make a lovely sitting room or family room.

“On the other side of the house there is a spacious study, a snooker room and a formal sitting room.

“There are two staircases which access the first floor, where you’ll find the bedrooms. The master bedroom suite has been improved with the renovation of the ensuite to create a luxury space with high quality fittings and finish.

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“The master bedroom is accessed via the dressing room where there are numerous built in wardrobes. The second and third bedrooms are also of a generous size and accommodate large four poster beds. There are seven further bedrooms, all of which are bright, inviting spaces. They either have ensuite facilities or are very close to facilities.”

A Domesday Manor, Canonteign was given to the canons of St Mary du Val in Normandy circa 1125 and later conveyed to the Prior and convent of Merton, in Surrey. After the Reformation it was granted to Lord John Russell and then passed through a series of owners. It was garrisoned for the King during the Civil War and taken by Fairfax in 1645. According to Lysons it belonged to the Davy family in the 17th Century.

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In 1812 Sir Edward Pellew, later Lord Viscount Exmouth, purchased the manor and it became a farm after 1828 when Exmouth built Canonteign House close by. It was restored by Lady Exmouth in the 1970’s and during the last few years the ancient house has been brought into the 21st century with extensive and sympathetic renovation.

“Today it is a comfortable and workable family house, combining the best of its 400 year old origins with the conveniences of modern technology,” adds the listing.

“It is a beautiful property which has been sympathetically cared for to ensure it continues to stand proudly for decades to come.”

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