The Somerset boutique hotel has announced the sale of the ‘area’s best-kept dining secret’

A boutique hotel in Somerset has been put on the market – for almost £5million. Backwell House, which dates back to 1813, closed in late March after bosses said it had been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the closures.

The Grade II listed Georgian house has been home to the Hobbs family for many generations and has undergone a sympathetic and comprehensive refurbishment in recent years. In 2016, it became an elegant country boutique hotel. Backwell House is home to nine intimate double en-suite bedrooms and has been described as the “Best Kept Dining Secret” back in 2017.

In addition to the main house, there are two three-bedroom cottages and a three-bedroom detached house on the grounds. The sprawling property spans 15 acres and as well as an outdoor pool has a number of outbuildings.

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It is now on the market for £4,950,000 with leading estate agents Knight Frank. A Knight Frank spokesperson said: ‘The generous proportions are typical of its era with magnificent high ceilings, elegant floor-to-ceiling sash windows, elaborate plasterwork and cornices, a cantilevered staircase faux stone and impressive formal entertaining rooms.

“The main entrance hall creates a wonderful sense of arrival and sets the tone for the rest of the house. Backwell House is blessed with an abundance of natural light and enjoys stunning countryside views from all aspects.

“The main entrance leads into a charming driveway past an array of beautiful mature trees into a parking area. The first impression is of a beautiful period house which has been beautifully renovated and surrounded by idyllic countryside.



In the dining room of Backwell House

“The presentation of the interiors is elegant and immense care has been taken to retain all of its historic character and charm.” Backwell House was originally built by Victorian lawyer Thomas Keedwell around 1813 and once had an estate of around 120 acres.

But a year after it was completed, the house was purchased by the Sparrow family and used as a rental property for different people for many years. In 1861, a family of cricketers called Robinson, related by marriage to the sports great WG Grace, settled.

The house has been updated and restored and the charming rooms have been named after important surnames in the history of the house.

The accommodation is impressive. The ground floor comprises a reception hall, lounge, dining room, bar/lounge, breakfast room, well equipped commercial kitchen, conservatory and cloakroom.

The attention to detail continues on the first floor, where there are seven beautifully appointed double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms of exceptional quality. On the second floor there are two more bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms.

The interiors have an inspiring boutique and contemporary feel, using many reclaimed materials and fittings. The basement provides further accommodation with various rooms that can accommodate a home cinema, games room, wine cellar, storage or home office.

The gardens and grounds of Backwell House are a delight and complement the home perfectly. It has been carefully designed offering plenty of space to sit and enjoy the exceptional views. To the rear of the house there is an enclosed garden with a manicured box hedge, fragrant climbing roses, a traditional greenhouse, an established vegetable patch, wrought iron arches and espaliered fruit trees.

In front of the main house is an immaculate lawn leading to a Ha-ha. Beyond the formal gardens are beautiful rolling grounds, paddocks and pastures. Backwell House enjoys exceptional views over open countryside. The location offers the rare combination of privacy and convenience just over five miles southwest of Bristol.

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