Holyland Gardens - country manor apartments

Holyland Gardens - History

Holyland House, as it was known, is said to have been established as the seat of the Adams family in the 1730s, but a small barrel-vaulted chamber at the rear shows there was already a house here before that. The brickwork of the original bread ovens and range, used in that time, has been uncovered during the conversion and now houses an efficient woodburning stove. This original small farmhouse was later extended, to provide a substantial family home. The house is now a rendered and hipped-roofed two storey building, largely of c.18...00, with a broad bow to the left end of the garden front, oddly asymmetrically placed. References in 1829 to a new drawing room, dining room and library seem to refer to refurbishment, as a map of 1814 shows the present footprint of the house. James Wilson of Bath made plans in 1844 for a Tudor remodelling, skilfully making sense of the ungainly shape of the house, but nothing was carried out. The house was requisitioned for military use during the Second World War, and when it was returned to the family it was sold. It was later used as an hotel for several decades, each owner making their own changes to the property, and eventually it fell into disrepair. Christine Reynolds bought the property in 2009 and has now converted the majority of the building into apartments.

The story continues....... Hopefully, new tenants will enjoy living in this lovely old property and appreciate the spacious rooms and grounds around the building and create a new "history".

Many local people have memories of their's or friends' weddings and christenings at Holyland and the property is certainly well known locally. You are invited to share your experience with us on Facebook.