A GRADE I mansion near the Mendip Hills which has been on the market for four years is going up for sale through joint agents at a guide price of £4,500,000.

Specialist hotel property adviser, Christie & Co, has been instructed to sell the unique Ston Easton Park Estate in Somerset alongside Savills.

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This was on instructions of the Joint LPA Fixed Charge Receivers, James Liddiment and Paul Greenhalgh of Kroll Advisory Limited,.

The Grade I listed Palladian mansion sits within circa 28 acres of gardens and landscaped grounds designed in the 1700s by the great English landscape designer, Humphrey Repton.

Nestled moments from the Mendip Hills AONB, the picturesque estate features Grade II listed formal landscaped gardens, a rear terrace overlooking a tiered weir, kitchen gardens, orchards, and woodlands.

Boasting a varied and eclectic history, the estate was owned by the Hippisley family for over 400 years, yet by the mid-20th century, it had been abandoned and fell into disrepair.

Lord William Rees-Mogg then purchased the estate from the Hippisley family and began restoring the property however, it wasn’t until hotelier, Peter Smedley acquired the estate in the 1970s that the majority of the restoration was completed.

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Most recently, the historic property was converted into a luxurious country house hotel with 20 en-suite guest bedrooms.

The hotel ceased trading in 2021 and the estate is now being sold with vacant possession.

Ed Bellfield, Regional Director at Christie & Co who is handling the sale, said: “Ston Easton Park offers an exciting opportunity for a creative, imaginative buyer to become the latest custodian of one of Somerset’s greatest properties.

“It is rare that a property of this magnitude comes to the open market and considering its location, the estate will offer a buyer potential for a variety of alternative uses, subject to obtaining planning permission.”

Alistair Heather, who is marketing the property on behalf of Savills added: “It is a privilege to represent the sale of one of Somerset’s most impressive and historic country estates.

“The property offers incredible potential for use commercially or, subject to the necessary consents, reinstated as a residence of considerable grandeur.”