Built / Designed For: Henry Disney Roebuck
House & Family History: Midford Castle is a small, three-story house on a trefoil plan (the local tradition is that Henry Roebuck had the House built to resemble the ace of clubs to celebrate a great win in gambling). Midford is a house of great style and has quatrefoil and ogee-headed windows and is castellated. The House is noted for its staircase handrail with mahogany Corinthian columns for newel posts. Midford is a stylistic cousin of the 1790s Braziers Park in Oxfordshire (it's possible that Midford may have influenced the design of Braziers). In 2007 actor Nicholas Cage purchased Midford; he sold it in 2009.
Garden & Outbuildings: The Park is a perfect example of the Picturesque Movement. The grounds contain the castellated early 19th century Gatehouse, the Stables, a Conservatory, and a Hermit's cell. The Priory (a summer house) features a nave with an apse and a two-storied circular tower.
Chapel & Church: There is today extant a half-ruined Chapel, complete with pinnacles and a tower.
Country Life: XCV, 376, 420, 1944.
Title: Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
Year Published: 1958
Reference: pgs. 227-228
Publisher: London: Penguine Books
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Historic Houses (magazine)
Year Published: NA
Reference: Spring 1999, pg. 52
Publisher: London: Historic Houses Association
Book Type: Magazine
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: Henry Disney Roebuck, 1775-1810. Conolly family, 1810-1901. Henry Whately, mid-20th century. Isabel Colegate and Michael Briggs, 1961-2007. Nicolas Cage, 2007-09.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No