Fawsley Hall, a Grade 1 listed 16th-century manor house in Northamptonshire set in 800ha of grounds partly designed by Capability Brown, is up for sale for £15m. The hall is currently used as a hotel and spa which specialises in weddings and fine dining.
The manor at Fawsley dates back as far as the 7th century, when it served as the headquarters for the surrounding area. The estate was mentioned in Domesday Book after the Norman Conquest.
The property is currently owned by entrepreneur Simon Lowe and Indian conglomerate the Poonawalla Group, which also owns Grayshott Hall in Surrey.
The gardens around the hall were largely replanted in the years before the hotel opened in 1998. It is delineated by the ha-ha, which dates from the 19th century and runs along the east and south side of the Hall.
Notable aspects of today's garden include the bleached lime and laburnum tunnel in the south-east corner, abutting the restored formal knot garden with its clipped yew, box, purple sage, French lavender and santolina. In the centre of the lower parterre, there is a high, circular sorbus hedge within a yew hedge.
Capability Brown carried out most of the planting in the parkland arouind 1763.