Warwickshire manor house contents up for sale
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.
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.
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.
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."