History This Grade II*-listed Victorian country mansion has witnessed several changes of ownership over the 160 years of its existence. It was originally constructed in 1850 by local architects J Foster and J Wood as a residence for inventor and sugar refiner Conrad Finzel. Then called Frankfurt Hall, after the German town near his birthplace, it has undergone many additions and alterations and was subsequently owned by a Bristol shipbuilder, and then housed St Brandon's School from 1945 to 1991. The neo-Jacobean exterior exhibits the beautiful oolitic limestone – amongst other Mendip stones - for which North Somerset is so widely known. Step back from this impeccably designed edifice and take in the stunning vista that is presented by the landscaped gardens. With an impressive mixture of shrubs, lawns, bushes, trees and natural wildlife, you could easily lose yourselves in this serene paradise during the quieter moments of your wedding day.