A scarily good weekend away! Luxury 27-bedroom 19th century Gothic mansion is available to rent for 10,000Chris Badham and Damian Llambias bought Huntsman Court near Tiverton, Devon, for 1.83millionPair then spent 400,000 restoring the estate which was first built in 1869 A two night stay at the 19th Century home costs 10,900
19:16 GMT, 3 December 2012
A 27-bedroom Gothic mansion transformed into an exclusive retreat at a cost of more than 2million is up for rent – costing 10,000 for a weekend getaway.
Businessmen Chris Badham and Damian Llambias bought Huntsham Court near Tiverton, Devon, for 1.83 million in January and have spent a further 400,000 on refurbishments.
Now holidaymakers or wedding planners can book two nights at the impressive 19th century home, costing up to 10,900 for 27 of its luxurious bedrooms.
Historic home: This 27-bedroom Gothic mansion can now be rented for the weekend at a cost of more than 10,000
Investment: Businessmen Chris Badham and Damian Llambias bought Huntsham Court near Tiverton, Devon, for 1.83 million in January
Mr Llambias balanced work in the arts with a career in property development in London while Mr Badham was a high-flying barrister.
They realised there was a gap in the market for a venue like Huntsham Court when they tried to track one down for their civil ceremony.
Mr Badham said: 'There have been times when you write cheques for 10,000 and you don’t know if you’ll manage to get events in.
'You think ‘I hope it’s not a one-way street.'
Huntsham Court, which was completed in 1869, was designed by the architect William Burges for the Ackland Troyte family.
Costly: So far the new owners have spent 400,000 on the property as part of their ten-year refurbishment plan for the estate
Local landmark: Huntsman Court was designed by architect William Burges for the Ackland Troyte family and completed in 1869
In more recent years, author Douglas Adams worked on his book ‘So Long and Thanks for all the Fish’, part of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, while at Huntsham.
The house has five main receptions rooms with period features as well as a butler’s pantry and a vaulted octagonal kitchen.
It has a Great Hall with original Jacobean Oak panelling, a working library, and drawing room.
Mr Badham and Mr Llambias are part-way through a ten-year refurbishment plan for the house and grounds.
They have 58 weddings booked for next year and seven for 2014.