Childs & Sulzmann, John Perkins, Jane Clayton & Company bring Clevedon Hall back to life

The historic Bristol mansion Clevedon Hall in North Somerset opened following a three-year refurbishment. The 150-year-old mansion spent over £3 million to turn it into a luxury hospitality venue in the UK.

Foster and Wood – a local firm of Bristol Architects that previously designed other landmarks in the surrounding area including the Grammar School Hall – originally designed Clevedon Hall. Formally named Frankfurt Hall, the house was built for Conrad Finzel, who owned the UK's largest sugar-refining business in the Counterslip Factory, Bristol.

The current owners, Peter and Sally McCarthy, bought the hall in 1991 from St. Brandon’s girl school and created its business headquarters there. An opportunity surfaced in 2010 to revitalize the property.


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As well as maintaining the upper two floors and creating 25 bedrooms and suites, the owners were also set on restoring many of the original features, including the windows and wood, the Victorian fireplaces, the carved oak paneling and grand staircase.

Childs & Sulzmann Architects, John Perkins Construction and Jane Clayton & Company were the teams responsible for bringing the Clevedon Hall back to life, injecting modern comforts, while preserving the period features already in place.

Restoration and redecoration were carried out in the Grand Library and adjoining orangery, as well as the Dame Rosa Burden room. Renovations began by removing all of the office furniture and carpets from the bottom floor. The ground floor then had the paint and wallpaper restored or replaced.

The new bedrooms and suites include many antique pieces, in addition to reproductions. The bedrooms and suites also have a traditional finish, even as they also embody an English country house theme throughout. A contemporary twist runs throughout the whole property.

The venue also offers spaces for events.