This property is free for HHA Friends
A late medieval manor house with Stuart and Georgian additions. Owned by the Graham family since 1624 (except between 1862 and 1882). 367 years of occupation by the same family have given it a notably friendly atmosphere, which many visitors have remarked on. The exterior has distinctive Dutch-style gables and the interior contains fine 18th century plaster ceilings in the principal rooms. Good furniture, and accumulated family pictures, especially portraits and a famous John Ferneley hunting group, 'The Quorn Hunt in 1822'. Visited by Charles 1 in 1633, James II and his wife in 1679 (the room and the bed they traditionally used are still on display), and Charlotte Brontë in 1839. The legend of a mad woman confined in the attics in the previous century is said to have given her the idea for the mad Mrs Rochester in 'Jane Eyre', and the house is an original of 'Thornfield Hall'; the discovery in 2004 of a blocked staircase connecting the first floor to the attics and clearly mentioned in the novel, aroused world-wide interest.
The garden is five minutes' walk from the house. Laid out in the mid 18th century, it retains the essentials of its original design, together with sympathetic replanting in the English style. Two paths meet at the central feature, an Orangery (open to visitors) with a small ornamental pond before it. The main approach to this attractive building is flanked by herbaceous borders and high yew hedges. There is a fine view from its front windows of the garden's main gate and the park beyond. There are also borders of gold and silver plants, of old-fashioned peonies, and of irises. What visitors most frequently comment on is the tranquil atmosphere. A small sales area specialises in unusual hardy plants. Pick-your-own fruit is available in season.
Winner of HHA/Sotheby’s Restoration Award 2014
This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.
4m N of Ripon. 3.5m from the A1.
Visitor Opening Times
2017: House: 27 Apr-1 May, 13-16 & 25-29 May, 9-13 & 20-23 Jul, 24-28 Aug. Garden: as house, also Suns 25 Jun-27 Aug and Mons & Thurs throughout the year (please check during winter months). Times 2-5pm; garden closes 4pm in winter.
Please respect the house's fragility and help to preserve it for other visitors by wearing flat shoes only (no heels) for your visit. Bringing walking sticks with spikes, and walking around with umbrellas, also damages the property; we respectfully ask visitors to refrain from doing so.
Please note: if adult HHA Friends visit with 5-16 year olds who do not have their own HHA Friends membership card, a £5 charge per 5-16 year old will apply.
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.
Disabled access - The main garden path is graveled, and runs up a slight slope. The rest of the garden is suitable for disabled access.
Dogs must be on a lead in the garden and the grounds.
Groups and special visits
Charges for groups to the garden are by arrangement (min. 10, max 60).
Tailor Made Facilities
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