Shakespeare's birthplace, Warwickshire, UK, beckons buyers of flats in restored Haseley Manor

By Ryan Swift / | December 4, 2019 1:45 PM SGT
Haseley Manor, located in the county of Warwickshire in England's West Midlands, is an example of a new kind of property investment opportunity: take an old manor house and convert it into a handful of luxury residences.
The restoration has returned the manor to its former glory, and nine new houses occupy the grounds, while the manor has been converted into 12 flats ranging from one- to four-bedroom units. Eight acres of greenery surrounds the cluster of luxury homes, and the property also consists of an old deer park once owned by King Henry VIII. All flats have their own allocated parking spaces.
Two properties are still available for £895,000 (US$1.1 million) and £1.3 million. The most expensive was sold for £1.7 million.
Haseley Manor drawing room. Photo: Spitfire Bespoke Homes. alt=Haseley Manor drawing room. Photo: Spitfire Bespoke Homes.
The redevelopment of Haseley Manor was done by Spitfire Bespoke Homes, which is based in the area and has done numerous developments in Warwickshire, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the game of rugby.
Though the company is focused on new home builds that reflect their historic surroundings, Spitfire says it has another project similar to Haseley in the pipeline.
Haseley Manor, a grade II listed 19th century building, formerly served as the head office for Spitfire and for its parent company, IM Properties, which is owned by British billionaire Baron Robert Edmiston, who made his fortune in car dealerships. Edmiston is originally from the West Midlands and his company is now based in nearby Solihull.
Mark Johnson, residential development partner at Knight Frank, said that properties such as Haseley Manor are rare, noting the difficulty of getting the right amount of land and being able to divide a manor in a way suited to residential property buyers is no mean feat. The expense...