Ingatestone Hall is a 16th century manor house surrounded by approximately 11 acres of grounds. The house was built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and is still occupied by his descendants. It contains furniture, pictures and family memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.
The house, which is listed Grade I, largely retains its original Tudor form and appearance with brick-mullioned windows, crow-step gables, tall chimneys, extensive oak panelling and two priests’ hiding places. It is essentially a much-loved family home rather than a perfectly in-period showpiece and so, although there is little in the way of spectacular treasures or well-ordered scholarly collections, the paraphernalia accumulated by successive generations of the Petre family provide plenty of interest to see. Similarly, the grounds, although retaining some original features such as the stew-ponds, walled pleasure garden and lime tree walks, have simply evolved over the years in response to individual whim rather than any master plan.
The Invitation to View tours will be conducted by Lord Petre or his son Dominic, and are scheduled to take place on days when the house is subsequently open to the public. You are welcome, after the tour has finished, to linger to enjoy the grounds or to revisit the house.
Tickets £17 including tea/coffee and a selection of home-made (at the Hall) cakes
Ingatestone Hall, CM4 9NR
Event organiser is Historic Houses.
Disclaimer: All information was correct when the listing was prepared. Any questions about the event should be directed to the event organiser.