[12], External defences in the castle included two portcullises which could be lowered when the castle came under attack. After his death in 1894 he was succeeded by his brother the Rev James Senior (later Husey Hunt), who was Rector at Compton Pauncefoot. Arrows could be shot through loopholes overlooking the gateway. The former main visitors' entrance to Compton Castle is situated at the far north-east corner of the site. It appears to have had three outer walls with the east side bounded by the small stream that continues to run through this part of the site. After Lord Blackford's death in 1947, his wife continued to live at Compton Castle for some time, and during the 1950s she regularly opened the gardens to the public. See our extensive range of expert advice to help you care for and protect historic places. Cascades and waterfalls are everywhere diversifying the scene, while rocks, which, in their outward form would indicate strong symptoms of antiquity, complete the delightful scene and render it so beautiful as really to be an Elysium. She died in 1958. The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. * Degree of survival: dating from 1820-5 enough of the layout survives to reflect the original design, including the main house and much of its structural planting. Compton Castle, Compton Pauncefoot, Somerset, is included on the national Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Degree of survival: dating from 1820-5 enough of the layout survives to reflect the original design, including the main house and much of its structural planting. [12], The castle was used as a location for the filming of the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility. Author: Author: Author: Compton Castle and its landscaped garden were constructed in circa 1820-1825 by John Hubert Hunt (c1774-1830). Steps from the sunken lawn lead to an early-C20 summerhouse by Biddulph-Pinchard (listed at Grade II), which was introduced as part of this garden, standing next to a former Apple Store (listed at Grade II), built in c1820-5. The landscaped garden is situated in a valley with a series of fish ponds which is enclosed by wooded hills some rising to over 100 meters in height. A landscaped garden in the Picturesque style laid out in circa 1820-5 by the first owner of Compton Castle, John Hubert Hunt (c1774-1830). sold the house in 1911. the next owner, william peake Mason, later lord Blackford, had substantial alterations and additions made under the direction of architect charles biddulph-pinchard. However, keen to share a little of its magic with others, the owners have now opened one of the Castle’s gate lodges – Windsor Lodge – to guests, bookable via Boutique Retreats . Title: DD/BT/4/1/14 Map of Compton Pauncefoot Finden is not known to have worked on landscape commissions, and it must be supposed that Hunt was closely involved in the creation of the landscape, in Picturesque style. The house stands on a promontory on the east shore of the large lake that lies at the heart of the designed landscape. [13], There is another Compton Castle at Compton Pauncefoot, Somerset. The lawn is surrounded by a ‘crazy’ paved terrace and stone rubble pergolas, which were probably introduced in the mid-C20.PARK The largest, heart-shaped pond at the centre of the landscaped gardens contains a number of small islands, with the one just off the western shore now accessible by a bridge, adorned by lamp posts, all introduced in the c1980s. [5] Listed as a Grade 1 set of buildings, it has been a National Trust property since 1951. It has an elaborate three-bay east garden front with castellated parapets, turrets and angled bay windows overlooking the landscape. There are numerous excellent pubs in close proximity to the cottages, by either an easy walk or a short drive; the Dorset/Devon coast and historical towns of Sherborne, Bruton and Bath & Wells can also be … websites for accurate information? The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. Another walled garden, of which now (2013) only a fragment of walling survives, was situated in the northern part of the site which is labelled on the modern OS map as the Sherborne Pheasantries. The estate was home to the families of Compton, de la Pole, Doddiscombe,[3] Gilbert and Templer. Author: We apologise for this delay. North Cadbury Court, Yeovil, Somerset, sleeps 25-50 in 25 bedrooms. Compton Castle (listed at Grade II*), was built in circa 1820-5 by John Hubert Hunt, and designed by the architect John Finden, with early-C20 alterations by C. Biddulph-Pinchard. Here a good view of the castle presents itself. The landscaped gardens cover the majority of the registered area. Books and journalsColvin, H, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, (2008), 375Phelps, W , The History and Antiquities of Somersetshire Volume 1, (1836)'The Examiner (London, England)' in Advertisement to let, (14 August 1831, issue 1228)WebsitesVictoria County History, accessed from http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/somerset/work-in-progress/compton-pauncefootOtherEnglish Heritage Assessment Team, Report on Compton Castle, 2013, Mid-C20 photographs of Compton Castle in English Heritage Archive, Title: Compton Pauncefoot Tithe Map Compton Castle, Compton Pauncefoot, Somerset, is included on the national Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest at Grade II for the following principal reasons: The plantations and shrubbery walks are of considerable extent, varied by the maze and wilderness, with the hermitage presiding over them'. Find out about services offered by Historic England for funding, planning, education and research, as well as training and skill development. Author: Testing vertical aerial photography methods at British Camp on the Malvern Hills. The Castle was designed by the London-based architect John Finden (c1782-1849), who was probably also responsible for the design of the lodges, and some of the other (garden) buildings. Compton Pauncefoot is a small village made up of approximately 35 houses, including a gothic castle, a 15th Century church, a Wellington Crescent, a Manor House and a Georgian Rectory.