UK: More than 30 firefighters were called to the Victorian manor house near Towcester, Northamptonshire, following a call after 8pm on Monday 23 December.
The wedding venue and boutique hotel posted on Facebook, saying the team is “absolutely devastated” and “thank you to everyone that has reached out overnight”.
“We’ll respond to all messages as soon as we can but please bear with us for a few days as we assess the extent of the damage and implications. We’ll share more information as soon as we can. Again, thank you and we wish you and your loved ones a merry Christmas,” ended the post.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) said the most severe damage occurred to the ground floor, which fortunately was unoccupied. No-one was injured.
Group commander, Kev Hardwick, of NFRS, said: “[Older buildings] tend to have changed around over the years, so fire can travel through old voids, up behind wood claddings. It’s really difficult to check the fire’s spread”.
An eight mile stretch of the A5 was closed for more than seven hours whilst NFRS tackled the blaze.
The fire was under control by 10pm that evening.
NFRS believe there are no “suspicious circumstances” regarding the cause, and an investigation of the site began the morning of Tuesday 24 December.