National Trust Estate and Garden
Standing proud and strong, this fine Georgian mansion sits within Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape.
This year, we’re embarking on our ambitious Garden Project. This aims to restore, revive and reimagine ‘Capability’ Brown’s iconic walled garden and pleasure grounds for future generations. We’re working in partnership with local community groups to ensure the vision for the gardens are co-created and beneficial for the local community. We need to raise £200,000 to repair the garden walls, including the rare curved section, which is one of only two left surviving in this style. From July 2019, you’ll be able to step inside and explore this area for the first time. Find out how you can support the project on your next visit and ask the team about the various fundraising events and gardening workshops we have planned for the coming year.
In the centre of the walled garden, you can discover ‘LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!’, a bold contemporary pavilion designed by internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison. Inspired by Berrington’s Georgian origins and eighteenth-century culture, this 8-metre-tall by 8-metre-wide pink structure inhabits the walled garden; highlighting the importance of this piece of ‘living history’ as the final masterpiece of ‘Capability’ Brown.
We have acres of parkland to explore and enjoy, so pop on your walking boots and get outdoors. In the house, discover jewel-like interiors, designed by Henry Holland and home to the Harley, Rodney and Cawley families. The interiors include Biaggio Rebecca ceilings, fine period furniture and Georgian architecture. Though it has a slightly austere exterior, the house has delicate interiors and a homely, welcoming feel. Explore some of the extreme fashions of the eighteenth-century in the wig and bum shop and discover the hidden ‘below stairs’. Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting, Berrington Hall has many secrets for visitors to uncover. In this, one of Henry Holland’s first houses, you can also explore the family rooms and see how the servants moved around the house unseen by the family and guests.
On the first floor, discover the exquisite Court Mantua dress which once belonged to Ann Bangham, wife of Thomas Harley, the first owner of Berrington. The dress has now been reconstructed and we’re continuing to share Ann’s story through this beautiful garment. ‘Eye am She’ by Lorna J Brown can also be experienced on the first floor; an immersive contemporary art installation which tells the story of Ann in a creative and innovative way. Lorna brings an entirely fresh perspective on Berrington’s past and the women that lived here.
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