Grade II* Listed Hotel/Wedding Venue Opportunity
Grade II* listed Homestall Manor is a substantial part medieval, part Tudor detached property set in grounds of about 28 acres. The principal property has an interesting history and now offers the potential to create an imposing residence with a collection of outbuildings and a plethora of potential uses.
The original house, known as Homestall, formed the south-west wing, a predominantly C15th and C16th timber-framed building, characterised with plaster infilling and believed to have once been John of Gaunt’s hunting lodge. In the early C20th Homestall Manor was acquired by the Dewar family, who added the C16th timber-framed baronial hall as the east wing, by moving Dutton Hall from Cheshire to Ashurst Wood. This portion of the property has an elaborately carved, two storeyed porch with gable over, dated 1562. The impressive great hall has a partly enclosed hammerbeam roof, believed to have originated from the wardroom of the last English ship to go into battle under sail, a stone fireplace dated 1585 and the front door, from a French monastery, which is over 1,000 years old.
During the Second World War the property served as an auxiliary hospital, and in the late 1940s the house became Stoke Brunswick prep school. It was converted back to residential use in 2009. In its current configuration, Homestall Manor offers approximately 26,259 sq ft of accommodation (not including lofts and cellars), with its various outbuildings offering an additional c.10,760 sq ft.
The property is reached via a long driveway, leading through the grounds to the house. To the South of the house are formal gardens with ponds and overlooking woodland. Within the grounds are an outdoor swimming pool, two all weather tennis courts, a walled garden, and various outbuildings including a games barn, a three bay garage with attached stores, offices, a party barn with first floor office, and a large garden store.
The remainder of the grounds are predominantly grassed with some trees and shrubs planted, and extend to about 27.91 acres in all.
Previously the property was used as a residential school. We understand its current use is as a single dwelling (4/8/2011 WD2011/0601/MAJ, 4/8/2011 WD/2011/0602/LB). Subsequent planning and listed building consents include for a new swimming pool, new car port and studio, orangery, terraced area and an indoor swimming pool.
Planning and listed building consents were also granted for to convert Homestall Manor to a 27 bedroom 5 star hotel and conversion of the former
school outbuildings to 15 holiday cottages (27/1/2021 WD/2020/0914/MAJ, 27/1/2021 WD/2020/0915/LBR, 10/11/2022 WD/2022/2325/MFA).
Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves on planning matters directly with Wealden District Council.
We are of the opinion that the site in the main would potentially suit a hotel, wedding venue, commercial or institutional use (STPP) that would preserve the listed status of the building whilst also engage with the public at large. The current consent involves the sensitive conversion of the main building to create 27 hotel rooms together with brasserie restaurant and terrace from the current kitchen which will also serve the internal courtyard, the formal restaurant located in the existing dining room and sitting room, guest lounge in the great hall and guest bar in the John of Gaunt wing. In addition to this the consent also provides 15 holiday lets from converting the former school outbuildings. The opportunity therefore exists for this consent to be rationalised to form an alternate leisure offering with further bedrooms subject to demand, viability and planning.
There is a public footpath within the boundary and there are rights of way for neighbouring properties across the estate.
Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage
Wealden District Council, 01892 653311. Council tax band H.
A copy of the full Energy Performance Certificate is available on request.
Strictly by appointment with Savills on 01444 446000 or 020 7409 5945. If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, we invite you to discuss this with us, especially before you travel to view the property.
|Name||sq ft||sq m||Availability|
|Outdoor - Garden Store||1,872||173.91||Available|
|Building - Sports Hall||1,739||161.56||Available|
|Building - Garage/Stables||1,582||146.97||Available|
|Building - Games Barn||2,167||201.32||Available|
|Building - Office||1,628||151.25||Available|