Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s original River Cottage is up for sale as part of Dorset estate, Slape Manor.
Whittingstall filmed the first three series of his cookery show at River Cottage in Netherbury, which he rented from the estate’s owners before eventually buying his own farm. The red brick dwelling is one of four small cottages included in the sale, along with the sprawling Slape Manor itself – all on the market via Savills for £7m.
Slape Manor dates back to 1600 and was originally an ecclesiastical court house for Salisbury Cathedral. It was converted into a private residence in the early 18th century, and the English country house was expanded by architect G R Crickmay around 1871, who added a library and a coach-house designed in collaboration with Far From the Madding Crowd author Thomas Hardy (then an architect).
Bristol architect Edward Prioleau Warren added its east wing in the 1930s, and today the 11,107 sq ft country property features a reception hall, grand inner hall, five reception rooms, eight bedrooms and two self-contained staff apartments.
The Grade II*-listed building’s rooms have high ceilings, period fireplaces and windows, and there’s wood panelling and original oak flooring in the drawing room and library.
Slape Manor – which is four miles north of Bridport and surrounded by rolling countryside – comes with 83 acres of gardens, woodland, parkland and pasture, as well as stables.