For sale in Bristol: We look inside the 18th-century manor house built by an ‘infamous’ family

“With its distinctive arcade of chimneys on the roof, The Manor House is a most attractive building”

A Grade II* listed property in south Bristol which was constructed in the early 18th century has been put on the market.  

The Manor House in Bishopsworth, on sale for offers above £1.95m, was built by a “locally famous (and, occasionally, infamous)” family.

The Smyths, formerly of the Ashton Court Estate, were lords of the manor of various manorial lands since the 16th century, including those at Bishopsworth. 

It is believed that the present Manor House replaced earlier buildings going back many centuries, and the two manorial estates at Bishopsworth are identified in the Domesday Book.     

Goodchild Estate Agents said: “With its distinctive arcade of chimneys on the roof, The Manor House is a most attractive building.

“It bears a striking resemblance to the Vanbrugh designed King's Weston House, a much larger mansion in north Bristol. Both properties were built about the same time in around 1720.”   

The eight bedroom, three reception room Manor House has several distinct styles, with the symmetrical baroque or Palladian house facing Church Road.  

The property includes an attached barn conversion (that could be used as a separate residence) and various outbuildings to the side and rear.

The property is about an acre in extent and is surrounded by mature trees and stone boundary walls and timber fencing.  

The stone entrance walls and adjoining pineapple topped stone pillars are included within the listing.  

There is a large detached stone built double garage to the rear and an adjoining timber camouflaged steel storage container. 

There are four pedestrian and vehicular entrances to the property from the surrounding three roads, and these are protected by substantial steel or wooden gates.  

Various period features survive within the principal house, including a large inglenook, an ancient water pump that was formerly fed by an underground water tank, an old bread oven and flagstone cellars. 

The original metal entrance gates have been preserved and enclose the rear courtyard. 

The square roof space, surrounded on four sides by the prominent chimney arcade, can be safely assessed from the second floor.  

Various items of antique furniture and fittings in harmony with the age of the house are available for sale separately.  

The present owners of The Manor House may consider transferring the ownership of one or more of the related manorial lordships to an incoming purchaser as a separate transaction.

The Manor House has been put on the market for offers over £1,95m. Use our gallery below to look inside.

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