One of Britain’s finest Queen Anne residences comes to the market
On the market for the first time in 600 years, Grade I listed Malmesbury House in Salisbury, Wiltshire has rightly been described as a “jewel box” of a house.
Situated in the centre of Salisbury in the famous Cathedral Close and numbering the former residence of Edward Heath amongst its neighbours, 7,638 square foot Malmesbury House includes accommodation over three floors. This mostly Queen Anne residence includes 5 reception rooms, 9 to 10 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and is set in 0.63 acres. It also benefits from an annexe and a three-car garage.
Currently owned by George and Jayne Apter, whom acquired the house from the wife of the former Conservative MP John Cordle in 2006, Malmesbury House was subject to a two-year restoration in conjunction with English Heritage. It has been interior designed by Mrs Apter and furnished with props from Mr Apter’s own television and film prop hire company. At present, The Telegraph report, items from “A View to Kill can be found scattered liberally around the place”.
Malmesbury House’s connections with culture and power, however, go back much further. Built around 1416, the mansion is situated on the site of a 13th century canonry and was the residence of Charles II when he fled London to avoid the Great Plague. After being acquired by James Harris II in 1660, it was significantly remodeled and then when his son, James Harris III, became master of the house, the composer George Frideric Handel became a frequent visitor. He is said to have given his first concert in England in the music room.
Knight Frank have set a guide price of £5 million for Malmesbury House.
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