Front of Shapwick House
Shapwick House Hotel
Shapwick House was built in the
Spring of 1489 by Glastonbury Abbey.
For the next 200 years there followed a quick succession of tenants until
Shapwick settled into one family ownership at the beginning of the 17th century.
A fashionable manor house was created from the bones of the 15th century
structure under the instruction of Sir Henry Rolle of Shapwick - a wealthy
London lawyer, later to become Lord Chief Justice of the Commonwealth and in
1654, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Many of the interior features
date from this time and Shapwick House is now a unique lived-in Medieval manor
noted for its warmth and hospitality.