Hanbury Hall is a very attractive building dating from around 1701, in the William and Mary style, approached across a forecourt that is punctuated at the corners by two Moorish gazebos. Home to the Vernon family for over 300 years, the house was built by William Rudhall for Thomas Vernon.
Whilst the interior has some beautiful ceiling murals and a fine staircase, it lacks any of the character or feeling from previous family ownership. It appears that the house was emptied prior to its aquisition by the Trust, and although some of the furniture was bought back, it is still missing the atmosphere that only the occupation by generations of the same family can generate.
A formal garden provides access to a detached long gallery and walks in the 400 acre park. Early 18th century features have been recreated including a Lime Tree Walk, The Long Walk and the Semicircle. There is an orchard in a walled garden, orangery, working mushroom house and an area known as The Wilderness.
The trellis gazebo in the 360 degree spherical panorama above is one of a pair in the fruit garden that runs alongside the long gallery. Through the opening in the back of the gazebo you have a view across a duck pond to the Hanbury Hall estate beyond.
Wheelchair access to the ground floor. Gardens are only on 2 levels and quite flat. Picnic area in car park.
Hanbury Hall seen from the ornate entrance gates. The walled forecourt has a handsome Moorish gazebo at each corner, to the left and right of the gates shown here.
Hanbury Hall is a very attractive building in the William and Mary style.
The parterre garden at Hanbury, early in the season shortly after the box has been clipped, awaiting planting of the beds. In back left is the long gallery which has an exhibition telling the history of Hanbury Hall.
The light was failing by the time we got around to this part of the garden, and the sky was starting to look menacing, resulting in a rather flat photo.
On our second visit of the year to Hanbury Hall, the parterre was lookng particularly impressive. The box hedging and laurel cones were neatly clipped, and flowering tulips were an absolute riot of colour. Pulsatilla had just finished flowering and the seed heads can be seen picking up the sunlight. The trellis summer also has an aperture in the back wall which affords you a view across a duck pond to the Hanbury Hall estate.