Published: 21/05/2020There is no denying that Burnham Westgate Hall is not only incredibly grand and beautiful but that it has a fascinating history behind it.
The Georgian country house has an astonishing 15 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and 8 reception rooms and is set within its own parkland of over 30 acres. The Grade II listed residence also benefits from being situated just off of one of Norfolk’s prettiest village greens in the sought-after Burnham Market, in fact it is surprisingly just a short walk from the centre of the village.
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The property is a very important building architecturally and was built almost entirely by Matthew Brettingham back in the 1720’s. The building resembled one of the four wings of Holkham Hall, as Brettingham was building this at the same time for the Earls of Leicester. The house itself is built from plain Gault brick with stone dressings in a restrained and pure classical form.
Burnham Westgate Hall was remodelled in 1780 by Sir John Soane as a wedding present to Thomas Pitt, 1st Lord Camelford, who was due to marry the daughter of the house. Pitt, an amateur architect himself, commissioned Soane to alter the hall and build the stables, having met and befriended him on a Grand Tour.
Sir John rebuilt most of the hall, making it considerably grander with an imperial cantilevered stone staircase, regarded as one of his unknown secret masterpieces, a first floor piano room which now houses the saloon and print room, as well as the main bedroom. There are further fine architectural details by Sir John throughout, including elegant cornices, panelled doors, sash windows, parquet flooring and fine chimney pieces.
From 1945 to 1990, the building was used institutionally as a local authority old people’s home. In 1991, the owners acquired the property and went about refurbishing it to its former glory with a programme of restoration and refurbishment, including updating the wiring and plumbing, extensive redecoration and the installation of additional bathrooms.
Externally there are over 30 acres of grounds, which over the last 30 years have had extensive planting, as well as the creation of the formal gardens.
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If you would like to book a viewing for this incredible property, steeped in history, then please contact our Burnham Market office on 01328 730340 / firstname.lastname@example.org