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As the “Beast from the East” descended on the sleepy hamlet of Little Easton, Andy and Mel moved in to their new home.
On their search, they had never considered falling in love with a traditional Essex pink house with its enticing log fires, three staircases, four reception rooms, eight bedrooms and large family kitchen but they could not resist the immediate warmth and attraction. Drawn to the panoramic views offered as the property sits in the centre of its land, overlooking formal garden designs by Alan Carr- Linford (one of The Queen’s favoured water colour artists), they both knew this was home.

Neville and Vera Pedley (parents of the present generation) bought the estate in 1971 and owned Little Easton Manor for almost 47 years, moving in on the day of Vera’s 40th birthday. From their modest beginnings in a one-up, two down property in Saffron Walden the former primary school teacher and furniture maker took on the challenge to renovate Little Easton Manor to its former glory, undertaking substantial renovations to the house and wonderful courtyard of outbuildings that included the Barn Theatre. Undaunted, they set about the task of renovation in earnest to create a family home full of joy and merriment for all. On their arrival, they were met with an eight-bedroom manor house with countless bathrooms, embassy-sized reception rooms without a single light bulb, carpet or curtain and trees growing through the Barn Theatre’s roof!

Following Vera’s death at the age of 81 in 2012, and with the support of her family, they took over the smooth running of not just the Grade II listed eight-bedroom mansion, but also for the business projects rooted in the rolling acres that belong to the house and their grandson Oliver is still working as the Estate Manager with the manor’s new owners. In Jane’s words: “It’s a magical place. You feel it as soon as you arrive”.

After the Second World War, Little Easton Manor was sold twice before Neville and Vera Pedley bought it from Lord and Lady Inchcape in 1971.
1925 – 1939, a scandalous chapter of the Victorian and Edwardian eras saw theatrical impresario Basil Dean of Pearl & Dean fame, who founded Ealing Studios in the 1930s,  bought the manor in 1925 when he married the Countess of Warwick’s daughter, Lady Mercy Greville (an aspiring actress), converting the tithe barn, one of the oldest in Essex, into their own theatre for his thespian friends to enjoy. Using original material salvaged from Easton Lodge after another major fire in 1918, he carried out extensive renovations and added the kitchen wing. The property was sold in 1939 when the couple divorced.

In 1840, the manor was reborn as a three-gabled house by Henry, 3rd Viscount Maynard for his steward Henry Cheffins. A new front entrance cut through the original chimney and ground-floor fireplaces were removed, allowing an uninterrupted view from the front door stretching right through the house to another door opening onto the garden, through what was originally the front of the house.

Viscount Maynard’s son and heir, the Hon. Charles Henry Maynard, died in January 1865, followed four months later by Viscount Maynard himself, at which point the title line became extinct. The bulk of Lord Maynard’s considerable wealth and most of the Maynard estates, including Easton Lodge, were left to his three-year-old granddaughter, Frances Evelyn ‘Daisy’ Maynard. It Is rumoured that other family members threw pats of butter at the late Viscount’s portrait when the terms of the will were read out. In 1898, Daisy fell in love with the millionaire bachelor Joseph Laycock, who reputedly fathered two of her children, Maynard and Mercy.

In 1847, almost the entire Elizabethan part of Easton Lodge, the main family seat, was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the Victorian Gothic style at a cost of £12,000 and the last project before his death for the country-house architect Thomas Hopper, who also designed Wivenhoe Park, near Colchester.

Rich history dating back to the Domesday Book and steeped in royal connections, The Manor of Estaines, as it was known, was held by the Windsor family and then passed to Godfrey de Louvaine (brother of the Duke of Brabant). In 1365 Eleanor de Louvaine married Sir William Bourchier of Stansted Hall, Halstead, uniting two great estates. The property and surrounding land remained with the Bourchiers for several generations and was favoured by the Plantagenets. It is rumoured that in 1460 Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville spent some of their honeymoon in the Manor House. The house later became home to a Plantagenet princess when Henry de Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex married Isabel Plantagenet, Aunt of Edward IV and Richard III. The property was consequently owned by their granddaughter Anne de Bourchier who married William Parr, brother of Henry VIII’s sixth wife. Although their marriage was annulled in 1543, Parr obtained his ex-wife’s lands and titles. Following Parr’s support of Lady Jane Grey, the lands were confiscated and passed to Henry Maynard by Elizabeth I in 1590 as reward for his services to her Lord Chancellor and Treasurer, Lord Burghley. Maynard rebuilt the manor in 1624 on the site of the medieval house, of which little remains apart from a fine 1th century chimney and the original moulded ceiling beams of two rooms in the centre of the building.

On taking over his new estate, Sir Henry pulling down the remains of an old hunting lodge a mile to the west of Little Easton Manor and built himself a grand, Elizabethan H-plan mansion, which he called Easton Lodge. According to records collated by the Pedley family, former owners of Little Easton Manor, its history can be traced to the 11th century, when it was listed in the Domesday Book (a manuscript record of the “Great Survey” by the order of William the Conqueror, completed in 1086) as Estaines Parva and, although nothing currently above ground is older than the 16th century, the current house is built on a site that shows traces of Roman activity and a fortified manor is known to have existed on the site. The family was to retain the estate and both houses right through to the 20th century.

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Little Easton Manor

Park Road, Little Easton

Great Dunmow, Essex

CM6 2JN, England

01371 872857

info@littleeastonmanor.uk

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They’re also well equipped to meet the transport requirements of passengers with special needs, and a number the fleet are custom-built to facilitate wheelchair access or excess luggage accommodation.

Also available for executive, chauffeur and private hire for the duration of your stay 

Perfect For Parties

Searching for the perfect location for your next party?

Indoor or outdoor, large or small, Little Easton Manor wants you to love every moment of your celebrations and will help you arrange a day (or night) to remember.

The Barn Theatre can accommodate up to 140 of your nearest and dearest and the band of your dreams can tread our famous boards. Alternatively, an elegant soiree on the terrace followed by a DJ with all the right tracks may be more your style in the intimate surroundings of the Turkey Barn catering for around 70 guests.

You may choose caterers of your choice and we’ll run the bar.

If you choose to make it a party for the whole family, young and old, we have perfect lawns around the venues for garden games, entertainers and so much more. The only restriction is your imagination.

Jewel of England

Described as a "jewel of England, perfectly set …”

Steeped in history, romance and a love of family, Little Easton Manor, set in 66 glorious acres of Essex countryside, offers a unique opportunity to choose the wedding you really want.

We give you a stunning grade II listed manor of distinction with unrivalled heritage and spectacular grounds to host the day of your dreams, allowing you to fill our home with the people and things that will make you feel special. If it's possible we'll achieve it. Love conquers all.

Quiet and intimate, bold or dramatic - the choice is yours. We want to unleash your dreams and make your special day unforgettable.

A visit is free and we'd love to help you discover the day you've been waiting for. People and feelings matter most. Let's talk about what matters to you...

We want to fulfil your fairy tale HAPPY EVER AFTER ❤ and have the passion to make sure your day stands out from the crowd.

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