Lords and Ladies, I cordially invite you to come with me on to Himley Manor, nestled in the English Cotswold's.
As you drive up the crunchy gravel driveway you arrive at this 9 bedroom, 5 bathroom manor house, intricately built in local limestone. Before we go inside, let's go for a stroll through the gardens.
At the back of the manor, is a neatly manicured garden.
There is a croquet lawn, a lovely large kitchen garden, and an orchard within the grounds, and the charm of a sparkling spring-fed stream has been exploited in a series of pools, elegantly bridged by rivulets and cascades.
Stay for awhile as there is an unfenced heated swimming pool set among perfectly manicured lawns and exquisitely clipped evergreens within the walled garden. The pool room also has the use of a sauna during the summer months.
The dining room boasts a large table, glittering with family silver, seats 16, on elegant leather dining chairs. The walls are embellished by intricate trompe l’oeil wood paneling.
The sitting room is somewhat more relaxed room in this extremely grand establishment, generously equipped with the comforts of life - relaxed seating, flat screen television, bar and fridge, a table that seats 6 for writing, playing games or feeding a bunch of children. The room has French doors leading out to a terrace with a serene lake view.
The Grand Salon is a supremely civilized room to live up to - with an Adam fireplace and intricate rococo plasterwork, in addition to comfortable seating, velvet-covered occasional tables, a wealth of drapery, flattering lighting, and views of the formal gardens.
The master bedroom has a super king-sized bed, and looks out over the landscaped grounds and water features of the estate. It has an en suite bathroom with a large shower.
Want to stay in a home like this an feel like high society for a week? well you can. I found out this 20th century manor rents out upwards of $10,000 GBP a week. You can see availability here.
This is the grand description they had:
If nothing short of utter magnificence will do, if you crave Doric columns, a pedimented entrance echoed by a pedimented roofline, oeil de boeuf windows, and your own private ballroom, then this impeccable English country seat is for you. Himley Manor is possibly the most delectable des res in the British Isles. The apogee of refined, symmetrical Queen Anne architecture, this elegant Manor House, built of mellow oolitic limestone, encloses three sides of a courtyard. The vast surrounding parkland - incorporating a village and a Norman chapel - was landscaped by one of the most imaginative architects of the 20th century, creating a secluded romantic haven with formal gardens adjoining the house at the heart of a serene pastoral idyll of woods, lakes and gently rolling Cotswold countryside.