Melbourne Hall – a chance to glimpse inside the house.

Photo credit: Andrea Jones.

The best view of Melbourne Hall is from the ornate Bird Cage on the other side of the lake. But during August the house and the garden is open every afternoon, so there’s a chance to get a closer look and step inside this beautiful historic building.

When you arrive you enter by the Carriage Ring driveway, and step inside the Billiard Room, a conservatory-style addition built in 1911 by Lord Walter Kerr to add a glass roof over the area between the two wings of the house. In winter, this structure houses potted lemon trees, and mince pies and mulled wine are served to visitors on special opening dates. Last time I visited in winter, the family placed a Christmas tree in the conservatory which looked very pretty with all the tree lights and decorations reflected in the glass. It’s a very special experience to be able to look through the house windows out to the landscape and gardens beyond. It gives a totally different perspective on the planting and layout.

This is the oak panelled Dining Room. The walnut high back chairs are particularly striking. Some celebrate the return of the monarch in 1660 by having a crown carved into them. Beautiful tapestry seats have been embroidered by the Kerr family for chairs which date back to the time of William and Mary.

There are seven ground floor rooms to view. The hall opens at 2pm and there are guided tours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Or you can have a leisurely wander about on your own. Guides are also on duty in the rooms, able to answer any questions. Admission tickets can be purchased online, or from the entrance hall on the day of your visit.

It’s fascinating hearing about all the characters who’ve lived in this special place. Head tour guide Gill Weston has lots of interesting stories to tell.

After visiting the house, there’s beautifully-planted gardens to enjoy. Oxeye daisies are planted in long grass in the meadow. Currently in flower in the Paulownia border beside the Millstream you’ll find Eucomis, or pineapple lilies, alongside pink hydrangea arborescence Invincible Spirit.

Thanks to Gill Weston for the stories, and thanks also to Andrea Jones for kindly sharing photos. Melbourne Hall is a very special place and one of my favourite gardens. Do take the chance to glimpse inside the hall, while it’s open for August. It’s a historic house with lots of character.

Here’s a link to https://www.andreajones.co.uk/

For more information: https://www.melbournehall.com/

In a recent prize draw on the blog, Tickets to visit the garden were won by Suella.

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7 thoughts on “Melbourne Hall – a chance to glimpse inside the house.

  1. It’s a long time since I have been in the house, Karen, although I have been in the gardens more recently – might suggest to the Golfer we have a visit next week whilst it is still open. I have always liked that view from the Bird Cage

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    • It’s wonderful to see the garden from the house. Quite a different perspective from standing in the garden. Yes, that view from the Bird Cage, across the water is my favourite view. The cloud-pruned yew is quite something too.

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  2. Oh my. I’ve managed it! Would you like me to collect my tickets?
    I loved seeing the hall interior as well as their gardens. No doubt you’ve visited the gardens of Grizelda Kerr and her husband across the lake? She opened for one of my garden groups a while ago. Love her book as well.

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    • Hi there Suella, congratulations on winning the tickets. Yes, I’ve been to Grizelda’s garden. such a wonderful view from the top of her garden over the lake.
      Please could you e mail me on k.gimson@btinternet.com and I’ll forward details of where to go to collect the tickets. The church next door is always worth a visit as well. Enjoy your day! And thanks for reading the blog and leaving a comment. It’s much appreciated. All the best. Karen

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