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2. Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens

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Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens

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Kelmarsh Hall is a graceful 18th century historic house, set in beautiful romantic gardens and surrounded by its own working estate in the rolling Northamptonshire countryside.

“There is nothing could more add to the happiness I enjoy,” wrote owner William Hanbury as he watched the roof going on his new Palladian style mansion in the early 1730s. The virtuoso architect of his day, James Gibbs, and builder, Francis Smith of Warwick, had been instructed to replace the former Jacobean hall with something more modern.

The historian Pevsner praised their results as, “a perfect, extremely reticent design…done in an impeccable taste.”

Another arbiter of fashion left her mark on the interiors of the Hall in the late 1920s. Drawn by the house’s fine bone structure, Nancy Tree’s (later Lancaster) taste for combining comfort with formality set the trend for what we recognise today as the English Country House look. Even Country Life came to photograph the glamorous American’s trend-setting.

Her spirit still pervades the house today and visitors can see Nancy Lancaster’s style most clearly in the delicate pink terracotta of the Great Hall, the exuberant Chinese wallpaper and seasonal flower arrangements on display.

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens Address:
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens
Estate Office
Kelmarsh Hall
England, UK

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens Opening Times:
The Hall is open on Thursday afternoons 2.00pm – 5.00pm (from Easter until the end of September) with the last house tour at 4.30pm, plus Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays. Please check the Kelmarsh Hall website for full details.
The gardens are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm (from Easter until the end of September), plus Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays. Please check the Kelmarsh website to ensure that the Gardens are not closed for special events.

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens Admission:
House & Gardens
Adults £5.50, Concessions £5.00, Children 5 – 12 years £3.50
Adults £5.50, Concessions £5.00, Children 5 – 12 years £3.50
Tea Room
The Tea Rooms are open on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays serving a range of refreshments including tea/coffee and delicious locally made cakes. Visitors can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome. (Tea Rooms open 8th April – 30 September 2007).

T +44 (0) 1604 686543

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