Orchardleigh House is a very romantic Somerset Estate around ten miles south of Bath, close to Frome, with a magnificent Victorian Stately Home, an Island Church, 18-hole Golf Course and plenty of accommodation.
The old mansion was just south of the church. Its heyday was the time of Thomas Champneys (1st Bt.; High Sheriff of Somerset 1775–1776), but all that remains of that period is the boathouse, rotunda, the Lullington gateway and the 1820s Tudor lodges. It was demolished and the present house built in 1856 by Thomas Henry Wyatt for William Duckworth. The new house is described by Pevsner as “picturesque, irregular, and in a mixed Elizabethan style”, and is a Grade II* listed building.
In 1986 the last male Duckworth descendant died, and work started on redevelopment, after the sale of the furniture and fixtures. The developer’s loans were called in by the bank in 1989 and work ceased for 13 years before it restarted to build the current hotels and golf courses.