History of the House
Soldon Manor is one of the most significant period properties in the area. This delightful Manor House has been well documented in noted West Country reference books, including an entry in Pevsner. Although not mentioned in the Doomsday Book it was certainly a sub manor to the nearby Thurborough Manor at the time.
The earliest definite reference to Soldon Manor is in 1313 and it was once part of the estate of the Duchy of Lancaster. Purchased in 1549 by the Prideaux family (a branch of which is still resident in Prideaux Place in Padstow, Cornwall) whose coat of arms is over the main entrance, the estate was eventually sold in 1725 to the Stanhope family, a well known local landowning dynasty, who retained ownership until 1911.
Inevitably the layout and footprint of the Manor have changed considerably over the centuries, and it is fascinating to spot the clues everywhere which are evidence of a different configuration to the house.
The present owners have extensively refurbished and renovated the Manor to provide a comfortable residence of historic significance, featuring a wealth of interesting original architectural details, but with the benefit of modern comforts. A detailed guide to the architecture of the house is provided in the study.