‘Majestic’ Grade II listed mansion with medieval history in the market

A ‘stately’ Grade II listed property with fascinating medieval roots has hit the market in Keynsham.

Chewton Place is a stunning country house on the River Chew, midway between Bristol and Bath, with a rich history dating back centuries. The estate also includes a pavilion, a chalet and a shed as well as extensive grounds totaling over seven acres of land.

It is believed that there has been building on these grounds since medieval times. Chewton Place was originally owned by Keynsham Abbey and was later sold to the Popham family – one of Somerset’s leading landowning families. In turn, the estate, including the manor lordship, was sold to Thomas Lediard in 1766, the year the present Grade II listed building originated.

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The house was revived in the 1930s after entering a rental period by a Mr. and Mrs. Hall who were known to host concerts on the grounds. After the war, the future of Chewton Place was very uncertain until 1963 when it was bought by the multinational Imperial Tobacco (headquartered in Bristol) as a new base and training centre.

From 1963 to 2013 the estate was in commercial use with extensive accommodation, conference centers and staff blocks built on the grounds and on the house.

Chewton Place, Kenysham. Five bedroom property dating from medieval times on the market. April 29, 2022

Fast forward to modern times, Chewton Place has returned to private use with the current owners embarking on extensive restoration work to restore the house to its 1860s appearance. Work has included the demolition of commercial buildings and extensions, restoration of much of the river walls and replanting of the park under the supervision of a conservation architect.

The listing describes it as a historic country house marketed for £4.5million by Knight Frank, with five bedrooms and four reception rooms located in the main building. The additional buildings on the estate make this an ideal property for family members with enough space to accommodate guests.

It has superb natural light and high ceilings throughout and the impressive lobby sets the tone upon arrival. While the current owners have worked tirelessly to restore the home to its original stately features, there are contemporary flourishes throughout, including modern kitchen and bathroom finishes.

The oak staircase leads you to the master bedroom coupled with a bathroom as well as four other bedrooms, two family bathrooms, an office and a dressing room. Work is underway and will be completed in the fall of 2022.

But it’s the park that elevates this property to almost regal status, a space that exudes tranquility surrounding the River Chew. The grounds are listed in their own right and contain several Grade II listed structures including a Ha-Ha, two bridges and a large waterside folly. The Owl Tower, a limestone obelisk structure, is something of a local landmark dating back to the late 18th century.

This is an incredibly rare opportunity for a deep-pocketed potential buyer to own a revived period home with contemporary flair and captivating history. Please contact the Knight Frank National Department for more information.

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