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The main house has a long interesting history, below are some of the key facts. If you have any stories or anecdotes from the past relating to Combe Grove, please get in touch; we very much want to develop a broader account of the house over the years and feel sure there are some great stories to uncover! “Combe Grove Manor – a grade two listed country house with 70 acres of land overlooking the Limpley Stoke Valley and Westbury White Horse beyond”
The first mention of a dwelling on the current site comes from 1698 when it was reportedly owned “by a merchant from Grave’s End”.
In 1706 it came to be occupied by a local family with roots in the village dating back to the 1500’s. Over the years various renovations and additions were made, including the planting of the grove of fir trees that gave the house the name Combe Grove. From 1748-1790 – the famous Methodist preacher, John Wesley became a regular visitor and preached from the balcony to small congregations on the lawns below.
The house endured many owners, purchased in 1810 by the Vaughan-Jenkins family; they kept it in the family until 1968. The house was mostly let to tenants over the years including one Audrey Easter who turned into a hotel and series of private unfurnished apartments for ‘ladies and gentlemen who declined housekeeping’. The imposing entrance from Brassknocker Hill was guarded by one of the finest examples of wrought iron work ever made. The gates were shown at the Great Exhibition of London in 1851, costing the princely sum of £300.
Among the celebrated permanent guests were the actor/composer Ivor Novello and his mother plus Rex Harrison and wife Kay Kendall had an apartment using their own furniture.
The house first became a hotel and health club in the early 1970’s called – Cannon’s; the legendary Australian athlete Ron Clarke was manager.