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Want to live in a house fit for a King?

Want to live in a house fit for a King?

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Want to live in a house fit for a King?

People seeking a new home with a penchant for opulence are being offered the opportunity to move into a manor believed to have once been inhabited by King Charles II… if they have £15.5million to spare.

Vinchelez de Haut Manor, which is built entirely with Jersey granite and dates back to the 12th century, is on the market for the first time in over 20 years.

Located 1.3miles from Plemont and 1.7miles from St. Ouen's Bay, the prestigious listed property is bedecked with regal features, including four-poster beds, marble flooring, feature columns, and a private library space, high ornate ceilings, and a large dining space with a floor-to-ceiling oak-panelled fireplace surround thought to dating back to the 17th century.


Pictured: The manor enjoys substantial privacy, with a long drive and set in 17-acre grounds, upon which there is planning permission to develop a 1,500sqft orangery. 

Outside, meanwhile, boasts 17-acre grounds including a swimming pool with 1930s pavilion, a vinery, tennis courts, a gym and horse stables… And three more quaint dwellings: wisteria-covered two-bedroom homes called ‘Marguerite’, ‘Peronelle’ and ‘Jeanette’.

But buyers in the market for an extravagant abode will most likely be attracted by the manor’s majestic historical credentials.

“The name Vinchelez is of great local historical significance. The first known person connected with the fief of Vinchelez was Alain de Vinchelez in the twelfth century. The fiefs have their roots in feudal allegiance to the Duke of Normandy during the 11th and 12th centuries. In Jersey, the holder of a fief is called a Seigneur, which is a similar position to an English manor lord,” Hunt Estates, who are marketing the property, explained. 


Pictured: The opulent marble reception area references the property's reportedly regal past.

Between the 1600s and 1800s it took on the status of more than just a manor. It became an entire self-sustaining medieval community, featuring a colombier (dovecot), a mill, stack yard, cider press, cow sheds, pig sties, lavoir, bakery, ash house and vraic (seaweed) house.

It was during this time, that the manor is rumoured to have welcomed its guest of honour: King Charles II.

The King was said to have laid his head there during his visits to Jersey – an area that stayed local to the crown during the English Civil War – before he took the throne.


Pictured: Four-poster beds await potential purchasers of the regal property.

It’s been a long time since the property has hosted royalty, having most recently served as a family home.

“With its fascinating history, beauty and amenities, Vinchelez de Haut manor is now ready for its next owners to enjoy and add their own identity,” a Hunt Estates spokesperson said.

IN PICTURES: Got £15.5m to spare? This could be all yours…

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