Brantley Manor Destroyed – February 2010

Conveniently located in the same May 2003 issue of Unique Homes as Dean Gardens – it’s really no surprise that I had my eye on this property.  Titled ‘Premier Lakeside Estate’ the home was described as a timeless English Manor and was situated on 4.8 pristine acres with a private peninsula.  The Main House which featured exceptional architectural artifacts and elements from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth centuries was approximately 20,000 square feet with 7 bedrooms and 9.3 bathrooms – making it the largest home on Murray Lake.  The list of features of the home is what really caught my attention, including the dual grand entries, two libraries, pub, indoor & outdoor pools, tennis court, fishing pier, floating dock, guest house, guest apartment, 3 slip indoor boat house and even dog kennels.

Having never searched the home in the past, I was curious to see if it ever sold.  The property was purchased in 2008 for $3.5 million, nearly $7 million less than the appraised value in 2003.  I found out the new owners had planned to ‘modernize’ the English Manor but quickly changed their minds and decided to tear it down and possibly develop the land.  The owners had an Estate Sale and sold off many of the unique treasures within the home and shortly after began demolition.  Only a week into demolition a fire broke out at the property in February 2010.  It burned for nearly 2 hours, destroying much of the home and causing an estimated $1 million in damage – which was no problem since it was being torn down anyway.  The owners family said the home was already more than half way demolished when the fire broke out and most of the expensive items inside had been taken out.  After weeks of investigating, Richland County officials ruled the fire as arson, but even stranger the home wasn’t insured.  After looking at the Google Maps aerial imagery of the Estate, you’ll notice the only part of the main house that survived was the ‘Indoor Pool & Glass Surround’ which was built in Europe and shipped over piece by piece.  It’s a very interesting and sad end to an Estate known by many on Lake Murray.  “It is beautiful and everyone on Lake Murray thinks of it as a landmark and an icon on this lake,” said Joy Downs, director of the Lake Murray Association. “We’re sad to see it go.”

Price: $7,400,000 – Sold for $3,500,000
Size: 20,000 Sq. Ft.
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 9 Full, 3 Half
Speciality Items: 4.8 Acre Private Peninsula, 3 Storeys, Seven Fireplaces, Three Kitchens, Guest Apartment, Dual Grand Entries, Great Hall, Rotunda, Elevator, Music Room, Two Libraries, Pub, Media Room, Two Offices, Workout Room, Personal Exercise Room, Heated Indoor & Outdoor Pools, Large Master Suite, Imported Marble, Limestone, Granite and Slate, Inlaid Wood, Tennis Court, Fishing Pier, Floating Dock, Greenhouse, Dog Kennels, 100 yard Golf Hole, Two Bedroom Guest House, 3 Slip Indoor Boat House.
Address: Murray Lake, South Carolina, United States


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