History The site of this manor house has seen many incarnations over the last millennium. There was an earlier Elizabethan mansion built back in 1558, setting out its claim to fame in 1651 when it played host to the future King Charles II while he was fleeing to France with Cromwell's New Model Army in hot pursuit, after his ruinous defeat at the Battle of Worcester. The original building was destroyed in 1812, the new edifice completed in 1814. The house was occupied by the Miles family until 1917, then converted into a hospital. Architecture Romantic, isolated, serene, grandiose and beautiful, this historic house presents the perfect canvas on which to paint weddings of a truly magnificent stature. The neo-Classical exterior of the house is designed in the Palladian style and constructed of Bath Stone, giving it the distinctive light honey-yellow tone of the buildings of that city. As with many historic mansions, the interior now presents a hybrid of various styles, constructed, altered and added to in different eras. However, on the whole, the inside of this awe-inspiring building is principally in the Greek Revival fashion, and its sheer aesthetic beauty may well leave you short of breath.