A 13th-century manor house previously visited by Queen Elizabeth I has been sold to a young property developer with "ambitious plans".

Burderop Park, just south of Swindon, is made up of six individual plots of land which encompass the Grade II listed manor house, extensive parkland, stables and additional structures.

The land has been the subject of redevelopment plans for many years and in 2017, developer City & Country was given permission to convert the manor house to build 25 new apartments.

But in 2022 this plan was revised to instead convert the manor house back into a mansion and build 54 houses in the park grounds.

“This presents the opportunity to reimagine Burderop Park, to conserve and restore the Mansion House and the other listed buildings on the site, and to provide the site with a long-term beneficial use and a sustainable future,” read the design and access statement at the time.

Now the property has been acquired by property developer Arthur Dallimer, founder of William Arthur Property Limited. 

Swindon Advertiser: Burderop Park near Swindon is a Grade-II listed site.Burderop Park near Swindon is a Grade-II listed site. (Image: Newsquest)

Speaking about his recent purchase, Arthur Dallimer said: "I've been working with Awdry Law for almost six years now, with a significant number of transactions completed during that time.

“I am delighted to have completed the purchase of Burderop Park and what a team effort it was. 

“The works to the manor house are proceeding well and I look forward to sharing my ambitious plans for this site as a whole over the coming months and years.”

Burderop Park dates back to 1219, and the stately home has had many purposes including a training camp for the British Army during the First and Second World Wars.

The stately home was constructed in the early 17th century around a courtyard, and it was turned into a three-storey square house with bay windows during the 18th century.

The historic site has also hosted several notable visitors during its lifetime such as Queen Elizabeth I and King Edward VII.

But Burderop Park manor house is not the only heritage building Arthur Dallimer has had his eyes on, as the young entrepreneur has also submitted plans to Swindon Borough Council setting out his future vision for the town’s former museum and art gallery, Apsley House.