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Chapel Cleeve Manor (Buildings Section)
11 April 2018 at 2:30 pm
Chapel Cleeve Manor: A Country House Rescued
A visit to Chapel Cleeve Manor (Grade II*) that is situated between the West Somerset coast and Exmoor National Park, a few miles east of Minehead.
Originally a mediaeval inn for pilgrims visiting the Cistercian abbey at Cleeve, a new house was built 1818-1823, designed by Richard Carver, a prolific architect of churches and secular buildings in Somerset. Almost a century later the estate was purchased by the Lysaght family, wealthy steel owners. The original five bay house was sympathetically extended in 1913 to over 27,000 square feet, with salons, a ballroom, and a 100 foot long gallery. Of particular note are the high quality interior plasterwork ceilings created by one of the leading Arts and Crafts sculptors, George Percy Bankart.
Latterly a hotel, the house had deteriorated by the 1990s and was bought at auction by the current owner, who will show us round. She set about the mammoth task of restoring the property and will tell us of the challenges she has faced in trying to prevent Chapel Cleeve from joining the long list of lost country houses.
A tour of the ground floor will be followed by tea and home-made cakes in the long gallery.
Accessibility: There are a number of steps into the house and there is no disabled WC.
Contact the organiser for booking details and directions.
Note that many of the properties visited by the Buildings Section have limited capacity so we are obliged to restrict the numbers accepted on any visit. Bookings are taken in order of receipt and Section members (not including friends & spouses) are given priority.