Historic house on the market for �5m

It may not be ideal for anyone looking to take a tentative first step on the property ladder.

But for a house hunter with a spare �5 million and who fancies a commuter belt country estate which featured in the Domesday Book it could be just the ticket.

Hutton Hall is already attracting plenty of potential buyers – of the non time-wasting kind – tempted by the good schools and 25 minute train ride to the centre of London.

But it’s more than just a house – it’s a stunning grade II listed Georgian mansion with one of the richest histories of any property in the region.

You could receive visitors in a different reception room every day of the week, sleep in a different bedroom every evening for a fortnight, take a dip in the heated pool or just stroll around the grounds.

Head of country houses for estate agent Strutt and Parker, Henry Holland-Hibbert, says: “It’s probably one of the best houses in this part of the country and historically Hutton village has always been a popular area. You will have to go along way to find another house of this calibre.

“It will be three or four years before anything like it becomes available again.”

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The Hall itself dates to the 1700s when it was rebuilt after a fire and is on the market following the death of the lawyer Frederick Sanders.

It is the latest of at least three houses that have existed on the site, which is believed to date back to Roman times.

The original home is thought to have been Saxon but was razed to the ground in 1381 during the peasants’ revolt and was later rebuilt by the Tudors.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Richard Rich, was given the estate by Henry VIII as reward for his betrayal of Sir Thomas More and it has had many careful – and not so careful – owners including the former Bank of England governor, Daniel Booth.

The house was rescued by Sanders in the 60s who had it restored and some of his family still live there.

It is still available, according to Mr Holland-Hibbert, as despite a few viewings no deals are yet on the table.

He added: “It’s a pretty special building, and it’s a pretty special price, but that’s the name of the game I’m afraid, these places are antiques.”

The sale is being managed by Beresford Eves (01245 397475) and Strutt & Parker (020-7629 7282).