16th Century Abbey House in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England

Listing Description

"Abbey House is located in a quiet backwater, but also close to centre of Malmesbury and the Abbey. The house is nestled beautifully behind its own stone walls and is surrounded by its own grounds affording incredible privacy. It is incredibly unusual to find a house of this stature within such large grounds that is just a stones throw from the many shops, bars and amenities that the Malmesbury residents enjoy.

Abbey House is predominantly a Tudor style house with wonderful views over the River Avon and convenient access to all of Malmesbury’s fine attractions including the adjacent Abbey. The house has been awarded a Grade I listing as a nod to its historical significance and its many spectacular period features; these include the beautifully crafted stonework which you will find throughout, mullion windows, wonderful fireplaces, solid wood Tudor doors, oak staircases and finely detailed wood panelling.

Whilst the accommodation is substantial, at over 12,000 square feet, the house has retained a useable feel and allows large scale entertainment but also more importantly offers cosy areas for more intimate family use. The ground floor accommodation centres around the family kitchen/breakfast room and studio space. This room has a semi open plan feel and provides the family with excellent seating and dining areas adjacent to the kitchen. The drawing room and bedroom above are two of the most charming rooms as they offer a lovely double aspect through the aforementioned mullion windows. For entertaining purposes the library, which is stocked with a variety of in-built bookcases, would host an excellent party as would the reception hall.

The upper floors have a good mix of bedrooms and bathrooms. There is also the opportunity to provide fully independent suites as there is a back staircase and kitchenette allowing for dependent relatives or rental opportunities. Each room, as you would imagine, comes with its own beautiful aspect over the landscaped gardens as well as having individual period charm. The views to the front are over the intricate formal gardens and to the rear over the more rustic countryside gardens with the meandering River Avon running through the lower level. The belvedere on the ground floor is a useful and generous space used for large family gatherings and occasional wedding receptions both in it’s own right and also as an overspill of the Malmesbury Abbey wedding venue. This has bi folding doors opening up on to the terrace and also has basic catering facilities in the second kitchen."

OHDO Notes

View the listing site (link) for an even longer description of the property. There is also a history and additional photos on the homes website (Abbey House Gardens.)

Location: Market Cross, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16. At the time of this post, priced at £2,800,000 ($3,634,948 USD). For more information on this property contact Hamptons International .

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    The grounds are gorgeous! The house is gorgeous! I wonder if you could support yourself and the house as an Elizabethan/Tudors themed BnB?

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    Between the Alice and Wonderland gardens and chess set, the bronze cauldron in the garden, and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe interior, this one is utterly unbelievable. Hands down, my new top favorite from both sites.

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    For 3 generations my ancestors were the organists at the church here in Malmesbury. So, thank you very much, I will claim this house as part of my inheritance:).
    Did anyone notice that the third Sunday of the month they offer ‘clothing optional’ tours of the gardens?

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      Kelly, Admin

      Clothing optional? I’m not sure that’s a side of OHD readers I’d want to see! lol But sounds fun at the same time, just don’t stand too near the roses.

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