Corsham Wiltshire SN13 Hartham Park

Guide Price
£8,000,000
  • 25
  • 10
  • Freehold
Ref: LON230063
Interested in this property?
Guide Price
£8,000,000

An exceptional former country house used as commercial offices

Hartham Park is a former country house estate set with c.50 acres of its own grounds. Steeped in history, the estate, farm, and house have played hosts to some high-profile custodians during its colourful past. Following a complete re-model in 1906, the property served as a billet during the Second World War before opening its doors as a dedicated office space from the 1960’s. Since 1997, it has become serviced and short-term office accommodation which remains its primary use to this day.

Today Hartham Park is operated by a dedicated on site team. At time of print there are over 35 companies occupying parts of the total 67,763 sq ft of office space providing an income of c.£90,000 per month. For more information, please contact vendor’s joint agents Christie & Co and Strutt & Parker.

Although the property is currently used as serviced office space, along with cafe/bar. Subject to planning the opportunity exists to utilise the building as a country house, a luxury hotel, religious or spiritual retreat, specialist education centre, retirement living complex or other. Located within the grounds is a Sticke Tennis court, believed to be one of only three in the world still in existence.

Impressive from the moment of arrival with finial topped, stone piers with ornate iron carriage gates complete with cresting above, open onto the long drive which leads past the Gate Lodge and landscape gardens to the mansion house and neighbouring courtyard. A bold porch of Ionic columns and outer piers topped by a balustrade provides a welcoming entrance. The fine architectural details continue across the three garden facades (east south and west) which include the original Wyatt house of 1795 and the later indulgence of Venetian openings with balustrades and a glazed porch on doric columns, both adorning the western façade.

On entering the grandeur and volume of the spacious entrance hall is immediately apparent, with a fine eighteenth century fireplace, grand staircase and subtle stained glass leaded windows allowing natural light to flood in. A wonderful trio of connecting reception rooms all benefit from the southern aspect. They comprise the library, the ballroom and the billiards room and display (along with the majority of the house) architectural decoration from the mid and late nineteenth century. There are also a number of late 18th century fireplaces from the 1795 house. The remaining accommodation which is arranged over three floors, has successfully been adapted to provide a variety of offices which are supported by kitchens and cloakrooms throughout the building for the tenants use. A café and its associated catering kitchen is situated on the ground floor and is open to the general public with access from the north eastern side of the side which is closest to the main car park.

The Estate Office provides a contemporary area with a large double volume reception area. Situated between the main carpark and the mansion house it provides a distinctive and stylish administrative centre. The Coach House and stables date from the mid and late 19th century and include a pedimented two storey centre with a clock turret above and are situated to the north east of the mansion house. Arranged as offices and a gym with parking spaces fronting the building.

The Garth dates from late seventeenth century and was originally a farmhouse. Adjacent to the Coach House and stables it now provides offices. The Gun Room is arranged as offices and has a row of three garages attached. It is situated between The Garth and the mansion house. Garden Cottage is attached to the reception building and fronts onto the walled garden.

The Estate Yard provides an extensive range of stores, workshops and garaging arranged around a large open courtyard/carpark which houses the portacabins within the yard. A track leads from this courtyard to the Sticke Court. The Sticke Tennis Court was built in the 1890’s and is understood to be one of only three playable courts remaining in existence. The others being Knightshayes in Devon and Rashtrapati Niwas, Shimla, India (the game is an amalgam of lawn tennis, real tennis and racquets and is played in an enclosed court which is smaller than that of real tennis, whilst employing a standard tennis racquet and soft balls).

Such an exciting and dynamic property provides a wealth of potential future uses for those seeking to diversify or alter the direction of the existing estate. Whether seeking to establish a varied portfolio or centre of excellence Hartham Park may be considered the ideal opportunity.

Specialist Education (SEND), Specialist Childcare and Early Childhood Education & Care An independently commissioned planning due diligence report as supplied in readiness for marketing has revealed that “ Development for education use within the grounds of Hartham Park has been permitted in the past. There also remains a thrust for increased education provision within the Corsham area. Future proposals would require a partnership with an educational institute to demonstrate Hartham Park as providing a suitable location for the institute’s requirements.”

The Property is expected to appeal to a very wide range of specialist SEND education providers, alongside potential users for a wide variety of educational and childcare related providers. Having seen high demand from specialist education groups for suitable assets, Hartham Park awards much opportunity. Steeped in history, highly accessible and set within tranquil grounds the Property offers scope for a wide variety of education related uses and parts of the site may also have potential for health and wellbeing, places of worship, education and training centres uses.

Hotel Development Subject to the necessary permissions, this historic property is well suited to use as a country house hotel with full leisure facilities. The existing buildings, of varying design and size offer the owner a fantastic opportunity to develop a prominent and important hotel within sizeable private grounds. The access to the front of the property is impressive, as are the curb side aesthetics of the main house. There is a plethora of guest parking and ample space for drop off and pick up.

The opportunity exists to develop and refurbish luxury accommodation in a total of 67,763 sqft across a variety of buildings as well as develop. a first-class leisure/spa facility with one of only three usable Sticke Tennis courts left the world. The ground floor public room, including formal ball rooms and libraries, suit for functions and conferencing, as well as formal and informal dining settings, each unique and sympathetic to the period grandeur of the property. An owner has the chance to create a landmark hotel in an affluent west of England location, situated within easy reach of London along the M4 as well as near major demand generators such as The Cotswolds AONB, Bristol & Bath within easy reach.

Care Development Hartham Park is set within 50 acres of grounds and benefits from existing brownfield areas with current accommodation extending to a Gross Internal Area of 67,763 sq ft. The local catchment provides favourable demographics for elderly related uses with 22% of the population being above 65 years of age and affluence benchmarks are positive, indicated by Average House Prices of c. £390,000 over a 3 mile catchment.

The stately Georgian Manor House could provide an impressive central “place making “ feature for communal amenities or conversion into luxury self-contained apartments for later living uses.

It is rare for an opportunity like Hartham Park to be brought to the open market and it could be suitable for a variety of Integrated Retirement Community, elderly care, specialist care or retirement living uses subject to the necessary planning consents.

This property has 49.63 acres of land.

Outside

The extensive gardens and grounds lie predominately to the south, west and east of the property. Lawns and open parkland gardens are complemented by the remaining formal gardens of the gravel ‘long walk’ bordered by clipped yews as laid out by Harold Peto. The walled garden is arranged as an elaborate parterre garden of clipped low hedging. Items of note within the garden are a well head on the enclosed lawn, the stone seat and balustrade enclosure and the impressive stone vase sited along the long walk. These adornments, along with the balustrade are individually listed Grade II.

There are many impressive trees bordering the formal drive including a magnificent Cedar, Beach, Oak and Lime trees. Open grass land stands between the formal gardens and the Sticke Court. The remainder of the land is arranged as pasture. In addition to the formal drive, day to day access is undertaken via the estate drive. Situated to the north of the house and buildings, it provides access to the main car park, an overflow car park and the estate yard (should further parking be required).

Situation

Located in a prime position between Bristol, Bath, Chippenham and Swindon and well served by rail and road along the M4 corridor. Good access to the M4 motorway (Junction 17) 8.4 miles to the north which provides access to Bristol, Swindon and Heathrow. Chippenham main line railway station provides a regular service to London Paddington with a journey time of 60 minutes. Bristol airport is 28.8 miles distant. Corsham is a picturesque and historic Wiltshire town. The high street alone includes more than 60 listed buildings, an indication of its growth during the 17th and 18th century wool trade.

Local sporting opportunities include golf at Castle Combe and Bowood. Motor racing at Castle Coombe and Horse racing at Bath. There are universities in Bath and Bristol and a wide range of schools locally in Bath and St Marys, Calne, Stonar, Atworth and Hayward Prep school, Corsham.

Read more
  • Map & Street View
Map View Street View
Get Directions
Ref: LON230063
Interested in this property?
Guide Price
£8,000,000

Country Department

43 Cadogan Street
London
SW3 2PR

+44 20 7591 2213