The house remained in the Sackville family for several generations and through the female line passed to the Cresswells. It was them who, owing to a disputed will and years of litigation, sold the house in the last century to Lord Sherbourne. Charles Dickens is said to have written ‘Bleak House’ with this court case in mind. Slightly unfair on the house perhaps. The interior was remodelled for Estcourt Cresswell in 1759.
Later it fell into disrepair in the 1920s being refurbished for the Clarke family in 1922. Sir Orme Clarke was married to Elfrida Roosevelt, and although the former died in 1949, the house remained in the family's ownership until 1968 when it was sold after the death of Lady Clarke. It was then turned into a hotel.