Plan for holiday chalets at historic Parnham House approved

Plan for holiday chalets at historic Parnham House approved

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Grade I listed Parnham House, which was gutted by fire in 2017, is set to have six holiday chalets, a marquee restaurant and a new car park after plans were approved.
Its former owner Michael Treichl had spent years and over £10 million restoring it before the fire, which destroyed all but the bones of the place. Treichl was quizzed by police about the fire before being found dead in Lake Geneva two months later in a suspected suicide.
New owner James Perkins – who sold his ‘party mansion’ in Oxfordshire to fund the restoration of Parnham – has already spent millions on the place.
James, 53, sold much of his eclectic hoard of taxidermy, fossils and 18th century portraits along with his party mansion Anyhoe, which played host to many an A-list star.
He moved to the stately home near Beaminster, along with his wife Sophie and three kids, after buying the shell of a building following a 15-minute viewing.
Now he hopes to use the estate to host weddings and other small-scale events.
The timber-clad holiday lets are just a part of James’ plans for the estate, and the Parnham Planning Response Group has indicated it would prefer a master plan rather than piecemeal applications.

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