Owner of Parnham House in Beaminster has died following severe depression


    THE owner of Parnham House in Beaminster, which was ravaged by a fire earlier this year, has died.

    Michael Treichl died on Friday (June 16th) after suffering from severe depression.

    A spokesperson for the family said: “Michael Treichl sadly passed away on Friday, having suffered from severe depression.

    “Michael enjoyed a long and distinguished career in finance.

    “Michael was a devoted family man and husband to his wife Emma, their two children, and his two step-children. They are all devastated by his death, and hope the media will respect their grief and privacy at this terrible time.”

    The Austrian hedge fund manager was arrested in connection with the fire at the Grade I listed mansion but later released under investigation.

    He had told View From: “I am devastated at the loss of our home.

    “The restoration of Parnham has been my life’s work and it is insane to think I could have destroyed it. I am now intent on rebuilding and restoring it.”

    Emergency services rushed to the property in the early hours of Saturday, April 15th.

    Around 100 firefighters from across 20 crews battled the blaze in a bid to save the property  but it was gutted and took four days to fully extinguish. No one was at the home at the time of the incident.

    The fire is being treated as arson and investigations are still ongoing.

    The family had reportedly spent £4million on purchasing the 500 year old property and a further £10million restoring it.

    The family had vowed to restore the building, with Michael’s wife Emma telling the Mail on Sunday: “We’re going to rebuild, absolutely. I’ve never once doubted that. We can’t not do it. I have to keep thinking about the future; how we’re going to live our lives, how we’re going to move forward.

    “The whole complication of rebuilding and dealing with English Heritage will be much greater than the insurance claim itself.

    “The cost of replacing something which is irreplaceable is unimaginable; it’s huge. We’re working with English Heritage to find a way forward, but it’s a very long process.”

    Bridport & Beaminster Reporter| Lottie is currently studying for an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism through a distance learning course and joined the paper in April 2014 on a freelance basis, becoming a staff reporter in January 2015. She is now the reporter for the View From Bridport and View From Beaminster papers.