A historic manor house in Ickleton which was owned by the first premier of Queensland is on the market for £5 million.

Caldrees Manor in Abbey Street has nine bedrooms (including six en-suites), a billiard room, an Aga kitchen with adjoining breakfast room and a vaulted reception hall with a carved grand staircase.

The Grade II-listed Georgian property incorporates two self-contained two bedroom apartments, each with their own sitting room and kitchen.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Caldrees Manor contains extensive grounds and pleasure gardensCaldrees Manor contains extensive grounds and pleasure gardens (Image: Savills)

Set within 21.957 acres of grounds, the outside features pleasure gardens, an arboretum, partially wooded grounds and a paddock.

The pleasure gardens include the Japanese garden, the dry garden, the fernery, the stumpery, the wild garden, the hydrangea walk and two acer glades.

An orchard is near the house, growing apples, pears and plums.

There is also a coach house, stable block, manège (an enclosed area in which horses and riders are trained) and a tennis court.

Saffron Walden Reporter: The interior of Caldrees ManorThe interior of Caldrees Manor (Image: Savills)

Caldrees Manor is the former home of Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), Queensland's first, and youngest, premier.


He was born in Brighton and became premier of Queensland in 1859, at the age of 28. A blue plaque at the manor is dedicated to his memory.

According to local historians, the grounds of the manor were extended by exchanging land with Clare Hall in 1870 and 1884, and at this time a stream was diverted to create ornamental ponds.

The property is now up for sale by Savills for £5,000,000.

Saffron Walden Reporter: The dining room at Caldrees ManorThe dining room at Caldrees Manor (Image: Savills)

Property agent Lucy Banks, director in the residential sales team at Savills Cambridge, said: "Tucked away behind its boundary wall within the heart of the village, Caldrees Manor has been in the same family for 35 years and is a true Georgian gem.

"With a rich history that dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, the property has been cherished and sympathetically upgraded by the current owners to create grand yet comfortable and spacious accommodation over three floors.

Saffron Walden Reporter: A kitchen at Caldrees ManorA kitchen at Caldrees Manor (Image: Savills)

"The exquisite internal detailing – including intricate cornicing, fluted architraves, period fireplaces, panelled doors and high ceilings – is complemented by exceptional grounds and gardens that make this an extraordinarily rare package.

"It really took my breath away."

Saffron Walden Reporter: A living room at Caldrees ManorA living room at Caldrees Manor (Image: Savills)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Caldrees Manor was previously owned by Robert Herbert, the first premier of QueenslandCaldrees Manor was previously owned by Robert Herbert, the first premier of Queensland (Image: Savills)