"Sleeping up to 12 The Surrey Manor has been a dwelling for nearly 1000 years This is your unique opportunity to stay in the UK’s oldest moated Manor House mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 where it was described as a royal hunting lodge reputedly later King John’s.\nSo much history Through the 13th 14th centuries the lodge was inhabited as a Medieval Hall House. In 1582 alterations to the house used some of the timbers from the Armada fleet. In the 19th century the Royal family including King George V and Queen Mary visited the property and signed the windows of the dining room with a diamond ring. A signature of King George VI can also still be seen in the Master Suite Other notable visitors to the Manor have included John Evelyn William Morris who may have had some input on the garden design Lord Grantley Edward VII Gertrude Jekyll and also Alice Keppel. The house is split into two separate dwellings one of which is used by the family owners.\nDining areas comprise a 16th Century dining room which can seat 16 decorated in rich colours that are reflected in the panelling reputed to come from ships of the Spanish Armada. There is also a small bar area with wine fridge. The kitchen of walnut and stainless steel is well-equipped and has a large glass dining area which overlooks the courtyard with its pond and fountain a lovely sunny modern touch.\nLiving areas include the Arts and Crafts library which is comfortably furnished and well stocked with games books and magazines just the place for some quiet time. It overlooks the lake and the walled garden. There is a large plasma television located discreetly behind false panelling. At one end of the library is even a small study equipped with a PC and printer. The Art Deco Styled drawing room is spacious and furnished with plenty of comfortable seating. French windows open on to the gardens and the inner courtyard.\nEach of the 5 bedrooms has its own distinctive style and is comfortably furnished with either a Super King size bed or twin beds of which two can be combined with zip-and-link mattresses. There are 2 ground floor bedrooms that lead off the main living room which share a modern oak bathroom with bath jet shower and sound system. 3 further bedrooms each with their own individual style and character are situated on the first floor.\nOutside the extensive gardens are set in the Victorian grounds are fully maintained and offer the perfect escape from the stresses of day to day life. There is a large lake and feature moat surrounding the house with access to the house via wooden bridge.\nThere is a tennis court and heated indoor swimming pool also available during your stay."
The Surrey Manor: sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms. 3 Bathrooms, heated indoor swimming pool and tennis courts, formal dining room, study and drawing room.
Library and Study: Comfortable seating and TV/DVD. iPod dock.
Dining Room with seats for 16, bar with wine fridge.
Kitchen & glass breakfast room with large table for breakfast which seats 10. Doors to inner courtyard. Range cooker, dishwasher, American style fridge freezer.
Living Room with Art deco furniture, French windows to gardens and inner courtyard.
WC with hand basin located at the foot of the stairs
Bedroom 1 (sleeps 2) accessed via the living room. The John Evelyn bedroom with windows looking onto the moat and gardens and French windows opening out on to the courtyard. It is elegantly decorated in cream with cane and light walnut Art Deco furniture. The beds can be twin or combined.
Bedroom 2 (sleeps 2) The Oriental bedroom is a smaller but charming room with twin beds and antique painted furniture. There is a window looking on to the moat and a Chinese Moon window opening on to a small oriental garden. Access to the inner courtyard by separate door.
Bathroom: Bedrooms 1 and 2 share a shower and bath room/WC.
Bedroom 3 (sleeps 2) The King John bedroom, the master suite, is sumptuously and traditionally decorated with a 6ft antique French bed. It has original Tudor windows looking out over a walled garden. Leading off the bedroom is a large separate dressing room, which could be used as an adjoining room for children, and has its own distinctive en suite 1970’s Harrods bathroom with mirrored walls, twin basins, WC and large bath.
Bedroom 4 (sleeps 2) The Queen Mary bedroom is light and airy and has dual aspect views over the lake and garden. It has a restful muted colour scheme of light blue and cream with distressed cream furniture and a 6ft Super king size bed.
Bedroom 5 (sleeps 2) The Alice Keppel bedroom, decorated in neutral shades with pine furniture, has twin beds that can be combined to form a Super King size.
Bathroom: Bedrooms 4 and 5 share a marble and chrome Art Deco bathroom with WC, bidet, bath and separate shower
Two good quality fold up beds are also available for two further guests. Each of the bedrooms is equipped with an alarm clock/radio and wind up torch.
Sky HD TV
Extensive gardens set in Victorian grounds. The grounds are fully maintained.
Tennis court and heated indoor swimming pool (9am-5pm)
What you need to know
The pool may have restricted opening hours
The property is adjoined to the owners
Toiletries are provided
Extra housekeeping and a chef are available on request
Beauty treatments available at the house
Highchair and cot available