Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwickshire manor house contents up for sale

The Old Castle Image copyright Hansons
Image caption The Old Castle, at Studley, dates back to Tudor times

The entire contents of a Grade II* listed Warwickshire manor house are being sold after its owner decided to downsize.

The furnishings of the Old Castle, at Studley, near Henley-in-Arden, include a 17th Century oak dining table.

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Image caption The house is "crammed with antiques", according to the auctioneers

Adrian Rathbone, associate director of Hansons Auctioneers, which is overseeing the sale, described the contents as a "real treasure trove".

The auction will take place in Etwall, Derbyshire, on 31 March and 1 April.

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Image caption The sale includes two four-poster beds and 17th Century oak furnishings

The seven-bedroom castle, set in more than four acres of land, dates back to Tudor times and recently sold for £1.7m.

Mr Rathbone said the previous owner had purchased it with some furniture and had added to it with several antiques, including two four-poster beds, a William and Mary walnut chest, oil and watercolour paintings and ceramics.

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Image caption A 17th Century oak dining table is among the lots

He said: "It is every auctioneer's dream to be called to an ancient manor house crammed with wonderful antiques and other furnishings.

"Such occurrences are very few and far between these days - gone are the days of the country house sale.

"This is a real treasure trove of antiques which is set to ignite interest from buyers across the globe."

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