An outstanding and significant Grade II* listed country house in a spectacular location and with superb rural views
Brimslade House is a handsome and important country house with an illustrious and well documented history, having been prominent during the reign of Henry VIII, and believed to have been built in 1602 for the 1st Duke of Somerset, who was Lord Protector to the boy king, Edward VI. The house changed hands a number of times but enjoyed successive occupation from 1699 to 1787 by the Ernle Baronetcy. Originally dating from 16th Century with later 17th and 18th Century alterations, the house is located to the East of the Savernake Forest in an area designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Equidistant from both Marlborough and Burbage, both centres provide a good range of shops and amenities including doctors’ surgeries, post offices, churches, public houses, garages and primary schools. Marlborough also has a leisure centre and the renowned Marlborough College, as well as Waitrose and other High Street names. Communications are excellent with the M4 motorway (J14 – 13 miles, J15 – 16 miles) and Great Bedwyn and Pewsey stations linking with Paddington about 1 hour.
Brimslade House is an outstanding example of the English country house, combining architectural grandeur with exquisite internal detailing, and retaining significant period features such as pine and oak panelling, flagged floors, wide floorboards,
moulded dados and window shutters throughout. Built in what was originally Savernake parkland, the house is timber framed, with brick to the ground floor, tile hung upper elevations and sash and casement windows, all under a tiled roof. Of particular note is the magnificent turned chimney stack on the East wing. The original formal entrance is to the South, opening to a hallway with 17th Century oak panelling and a mid 18th Century staircase. The drawing room has bolection moulded panelling, and a grand fireplace, and leads to the formal dining room. Three additional
reception rooms along with a large kitchen and adjoining utility room complete the downstairs accommodation. In July 2012 planning permission was granted to extend the kitchen with a garden room/conservatory (E/2012/0247/FUL)
The bedrooms are arranged over the upper two floors, offering a total of nine in all, with a master and guest bedroom ensuite, and an additional three bathrooms. The master bedroom is reputed
to have been the original estate Court room, and retains fine oak panelling, with a pilastered and gadrooned overmantel with the arms of Seymour above. A dungeon in the cellar supports this. There is a two storey former coach house, currently a workshop, to the North of the house, which has the potential to be ancillary accommodation. This unique property offers gracious family living in a resplendent setting.
The house is approached via a pretty canal bridge, along a sweeping driveway flanked by trees to a large parking area. The gardens and grounds are mainly to the South and East of the house, with expansive lawns, mature shrubs and flowering plants, as well as some ancient and massive oak
trees, testament to the original parkland setting.
A large area of meadow lies further East, ideal for grazing with an attractive ornamental lake. There is a small orchard contained within the garden and a hard tennis court.