Property of the Day: Parnham House, Beaminster, Dorset

A chance to restore one of England’s oldest stately homes

THE PROPERTY: With a long and distinguished history, Parnham is a magnificent example of an Elizabethan stately home. Built in the 1550s, the Grade I-listed house was sadly struck by a fire in 2017, which destroyed the interiors and left it in need of complete restoration. 

THE LOCATION: Just seven miles inland from the Jurassic Coast, the estate borders the picturesque market town of Beaminster with its shops, butcher and pubs, and Bridport – known for its literary and arts festivals – is within easy reach. Approached via a dramatic sweeping driveway, this quintessentially British estate stretches over 131 acres, with formal gardens, an ornamental lake and traditional walled gardens leading out into a deer park, and natural woodland and a stream running further beyond. Sporting facilities include a tennis court, swimming pool and bowling green, as well as an outdoor riding arena and stables.

THE INTERIOR: While the interior of the main house was devastated by the fire, the outer walls remain, including the characteristic stone-mullioned window frames. Extensive separate dwellings are virtually untouched – including a charming Grade II-listed three-bedroom Dower House – with its own garden and a two-bedroom stable cottage, as well as two flats.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Steeped in history, this 38,000-square-foot property was used as a fashionable country club in the 1920s and hosted extravagant country-house weekends in the 1930s. This is a rare opportunity to take on the remarkable project of restoring a historic house to its former glory.

BUY IT NOW: £3,000,000 with Knight Frank

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