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Georgian country house with celebrity history put up for sale

Two beautiful historic country manor houses are to be auctioned next week when 250 lots go under the hammer.

Lickhill Manor, a grade II listed Georgian country house near Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, and Otherton Hall, near Penkridge, Staffordshire, could enjoy new leases of life if ambitious buyers are found at the Bond Wolfe auction next Wednesday (July 21).

Lickhill Manor has been a family home for most of its 300-year history, but has also been used as a maternity hospital and, most recently, as a care home.

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Standing empty for almost ten years, it is now listed for auction with a guide price of £455,000 and could be transformed into a luxurious family home or it be converted into apartments, leisure or business uses, subject to planning permission.

Lickhill Manor, near Stourport-on-Severn, which has a guide price of £455,000

The elegant property had been abandoned by the 1930s but during the Second World War was used as a maternity unit for women from Birmingham, as a refuge from the wartime bombing.

Among those born there was Ray Thomas, a founding member of rock group The Moody Blues, who was born on 29 December 1941.

After the war, it was turned into a hotel and was turned back into a family home in the 1950s, before being converted into a care home and eventually closed down in 2012.

The main building has been extended with two single storey wings on either side and the ground floor has 15 ground floor bedrooms, two sitting rooms, a dining room, kitchen, staff rooms, communal bathroom and a lift. On the first floor there are a further eight bedrooms and bathrooms and on the second floor are 12 bedrooms, bathrooms, and two storerooms.

The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues

History lovers will appreciate the panelled rooms, the early 18 th century staircase as well as armorial glass in the stair windows dating from the late Victorian period when it was owned by the Crane family, whose monograms appear in painted plaster on the ceiling.

Ian Tudor, joint managing director of auctions at Bond Wolfe, said: “It’s not often you see such a beautiful historic property come up for auction, and we are expecting intense interest from bidders both in the UK and from overseas. Whatever the future holds for Lickhill Manor, it will require modernisation and renovation work, hence the extremely competitive guide price.

“The new owner will possess a classic Georgian country house that retains many original features. It presents a unique opportunity.”

Otherton Hall Farm, another Georgian property located near the hamlet of Otherton, near Penkridge, has a guide price of £250,000.

Although currently a single property over four floors, plus a basement, it has planning permission to be sub-divided into a five-bedroom house with a one-bedroom annexe, plus a six-bedroom house.

Lickhill Manor and Otherton Hall Farm are among the record-breaking 250 lots listed in Bond Wolfe’s next livestreamed auction, which starts at 8.30am on Wednesday, 21 July.

For details about all the lots, visit here

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