The property is stunning (Picture: KnightFrank/BNPS)An unusual eight-sided home set in the grounds of a 12th century abbey that was once home to Jane Austen is on the market for £870,000.
The Octagon forms part of Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire which was founded in 1154 by Cistercian monks.
Jane moved to the estate in 1806, before she became a successful novelist, when it was inherited by her mother’s cousin, Reverend Thomas Leigh.
He brought Cassandra Austen, Jane’s mother, to live with him at the site as well as Jane and her sister, also called Cassandra.
It was once home to Jane Austen (Picture: KnightFrank/BNPS)At the time the gardener on the estate was Humphry Repton, who later featured as a minor character in Austen’s third novel Mansfield Park.
The property, which sits within the grounds of Stoneleigh Abbey, is grade II listed and has been described as a ‘hidden gem’.
It is being sold by estate agents Knight Frank who say the property reflects 800 years of history.
The property features an entrance hallway which carries on to a dining room with an exposed brick wall, high ceilings and windows on two sides.
The bathroom is very modern (Picture: KnightFrank/BNPS)The kitchen adjoins to the dining room and features grey units with wooden work tops and a small Aga with an electric hob.
At the back of the property is a self-contained annexe which houses a generous drawing room, two bedrooms and a shower room.
A separate annexe, located just away from the main house, features a sitting room with French doors, two double bedrooms and a small kitchenette.
The garden is also beautiful – with large olive trees lining the driveway.
The bedroom is lovely (Picture: KnightFrank/BNPS)The property is entered through electric gates which are linked to your mobile phone with a separate keypad, and the gravelled driveway leads to a large parking area.
Samantha Holton, of Knight Frank, said: ‘The history of this property definitely adds to the appeal for buyers.
‘It’s an amazing setting and the benefit of having use of the whole estate is something that’s very rare indeed.
‘It has been recently renovated so is in fantastic condition and we’ve already had a few viewings booked in.’
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