Estate including manor house of Broadchurch fame and entire village on market for £30m guide price

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: June 3, 2024 | Updated: 3rd June 2024

Fancy owning an estate spanning more than 2,000 acres, including an entire village, and, crucially, have around £30m to spend?

Then you could be the new owner of the Bridehead estate which includes an early 19th-century Regency manor house – featured in the hit ITV series Broadchurch – as well as the historic village of Littlebredy.

The Dorset estate, covering 2,047 acres, is one of the largest to go on the market this year.

It has a guide price of £30 million.

The manor house’s history can be traced as far back as the Domesday Book when the village of Littlebredy was referred to as Brydian.

The land first belonged to the Abbey of Cerne before passing through various hands until the property, and its decaying ancient manor house, was purchased by Robert Williams in 1797.

Williams named it Bridehead and restored the property, hiring the architect P.F Robinson, a specialist in Gothic Revival architecture, to rebuild the manor house.

The house kept a few original materials intact, but was heavily renovated by Williams and Robinson.

The turreted, fortress-like house, built of stone and brick, now carries a Grade II* listing.

The land was passed down to male members of the Williams family, who each carried out extensions and alterations to the estate.

In the 1800s, Bridehead grew with the addition of the billiards room, a south-facing library and the conservatory that houses a swimming pool.

The house now has nine principal bedrooms featuring tall windows with lakeside and adjoining lawn views.

The main house also includes a library, office, a prayer room and a one-bedroom staff apartment.

Besides the main house, the grounds span multiple outbuildings, former stables and a range of gardens and lawns.

The village of Littlebredy, entirely within the estate, comprises 32 properties, including cottages, a farmhouse, lodges and a church.

David Hebditch, of selling agents Carter Jonas, said: “This estate is situated in the heart of the lush, picturesque countryside that is typical of West Dorset, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

“Bridehead presents a rare opportunity for anyone seeking an exceptional country estate with an established and diverse income stream.

“It also provides prospects to transform it into a formidable family home and business that can be appreciated for generations to come.”

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