Handeling a house

One of Britain’s finest Queen Anne residences comes to the market


On the market for the first time in 600 years, Grade I listed Malmesbury House in Salisbury, Wiltshire has rightly been described as a “jewel box” of a house.


Malmesbury House is a true gem of a property
Malmesbury House is a true gem of a property

The impressive reception hall dates from the 1700s
The impressive reception hall dates from the 1700s

The library is a fine example of early Gothic revival
The library is a fine example of early Gothic revival


Situated in the centre of Salisbury in the famous Cathedral Close and numbering the former residence of Edward Heath amongst its neighbours, 7,638 square foot Malmesbury House includes accommodation over three floors. This mostly Queen Anne residence includes 5 reception rooms, 9 to 10 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and is set in 0.63 acres. It also benefits from an annexe and a three-car garage.


Currently owned by George and Jayne Apter, whom acquired the house from the wife of the former Conservative MP John Cordle in 2006, Malmesbury House was subject to a two-year restoration in conjunction with English Heritage. It has been interior designed by Mrs Apter and furnished with props from Mr Apter’s own television and film prop hire company. At present, The Telegraph report, items from “A View to Kill can be found scattered liberally around the place”.


One of five reception rooms
One of five reception rooms

The dining room
The dining room

One of 9 to 10 bedrooms
One of 9 to 10 bedrooms

The rather theatrical master bathroom
The rather theatrical master bathroom

The gardens are described as being "manageable"
The gardens are described as being “manageable”

Malmesbury House is close to Salisbury Cathedral
Malmesbury House is close to Salisbury Cathedral

Malmesbury House’s connections with culture and power, however, go back much further. Built around 1416, the mansion is situated on the site of a 13th century canonry and was the residence of Charles II when he fled London to avoid the Great Plague. After being acquired by James Harris II in 1660, it was significantly remodeled and then when his son, James Harris III, became master of the house, the composer George Frideric Handel became a frequent visitor. He is said to have given his first concert in England in the music room.


Knight Frank have set a guide price of £5 million for Malmesbury House.



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  1. Fail to see how it is Queen Anne style, 1702 tp 1707, when it was built in 1416 and ‘remodelled’ before she was born. Hideous decor too …

  2. I agree: the exterior beautiful….the interior looks like some hedgie with money, but no taste got his hands on it.
    What a pity


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