So today we had a couple of hours child free our little girl was off to a birthday party and our big lad had gone swimming with a friend. What to do ?? We are not used to free time in the day just the two of us. Yes we have babysitters for evenings out but time in the day is unheard of.
We decided to get out in the fresh air and take the pooch a walk.
The Wentworth estate is about 10 minutes drive from where we live, it’s a beautiful place and I absolutely adore Wentworth Woodhouse.
Wentworth Woodhouse is a Grade I listed country house in the village of Wentworth, near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. It is the largest private house in the United Kingdom, and, with an east front of 606 feet (185 m), has the longest country housefaçade in Europe.The house has more than 300 rooms, although the precise number is unclear, It covers an area of more than 2.5 acres, and is surrounded by a 180-acre park, and an estate of 15,000 acres
The original Jacobean house was rebuilt by Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham (1693–1750), and vastly expanded by his son, the 2nd Marquess, who was twice Prime Minister, and who established Wentworth Woodhouse as a Whigcentre of influence. In the 18th century, the house was inherited by the Earls Fitzwilliamwho owned it until 1979, when it passed to the heirs of the 8th and 10th Earls.
By 1989, Wentworth Woodhouse was in a poor state of repair, and with the family no longer requiring the house, the family trustees decided to sell it and the 70 acres, but retained the Wentworth Estate’s 15,000 acres of land. The house was bought by locally-born businessman Wensley Grosvenor Haydon-Baillie, who started a programme of restoration. However a business failure caused it to be repossessed by a Swiss bank and put back on the market in 1998. Clifford Newbold (July 1926 – April 2015), an architect from Highgate, bought it for around £1.5 million. Newbold progressed with a programme of renovation/restoration. The surrounding parkland is owned by the Wentworth Estates.
In 2014, the house was informally offered for sale by Newbold, with no price specified, but a figure of around £7 million was thought to be sought. The house was reported to need works of around £40 million. Following the death of Mr. Newbold, In February 2016 the house was sold to the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust for £7 million after a sale to the Hong Kong-based Lake House Group fell through. This sale was not progressed due to lack of funds.
The house and grounds have also been used in a number of film and television productions including:
- Wives and Daughters (1999)
- The Thirteenth Tale (2013)
- Mr. Turner (2014)
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)
As you can see I’m a big fan of the house it’s such a beautiful place to have on our door step.
I was lucky enough a couple of years ago to be invited to a charity afternoon tea at the house, which was just fantastic and a great way of seeing the house from the inside.
They also held a Christmas market there last year which I also went to, the house has such a magic about it and when you step through the doors you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and can imagine the daily routine of the house all those years ago.
Anyway back to today and sadly we didn’t get to go inside but had a lovely walk through the grounds and stood and looked at the many windows and vast size of the beautiful building. Dare I say I think it has more of a presence than Buckingham palace. It certainly has more of a presence in my heart and jump at any chance to visit.
They also run guided tours of the house so if you get chance to visit please do so you won’t be disappointed.
Hope you have enjoyed reading about this beautiful house.
Until next time