Harlington Manor, Harlington, Bedfordshire
Harlington Manor is a house dating from the 16th century, though there is a possibility that it dates from the late 1390s and stands on a significantly earlier site. Major alterations were made in the 17th century, including panelling in the two principal reception rooms. In 1660, John Bunyan was interrogated by Sir Francis Wingate and briefly imprisoned in the house. Shortly afterwards, Charles II visited and stayed at the house. The Wingate family remained as the owners of the property until the mid 19th-century.
The house possesses a number of interesting architectural features. It has a very early 16th century wooden staircase leading to the attic. This is most unusual as most such staircases have been removed long ago. The attic itself is said to have two priest holes. The principal reception room (the great parlour) has a Tudor rose beam boss, Tudor beams and a Tudor fireplace. There is a very early 18th century staircase and a fine late Restoration dining room.
Reputedly, an exact replica of the house was constructed in Virginia, USA. Unfortunately, that house burned down in the late 19th century. There is a photograph of this house – but it does not look very similar to Harlington Manor. Certainly, however, the house was owned by the Burwell family, whose descendants became the biggest landowners in Virginia, governors of Virginia and even married into the Presidency.
Entire property including gardens but not the attic if large numbers (over 15).
We had a wonderful welcome and the tour was fascinating. We found the place intriguing. The different periods, the architecture, the historical connections were all extraordinary, and the enthusiasm of the owners made the visit really enjoyable and worthwhile. The cakes were extremely yummy too!
From J12 of the M1 head to Harlington, passing station on the right. At the village crossroads, turn left. The entrance is on the left. Please approach the entrance gates and press the entryphone button on the right .
Tea and cakes.
No photography in the house. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
5 steps in garden. Steps into ground floor and steps in various rooms on ground floor. If there is assistance, ground floor should be possible, though would involve viewing certain rooms from outside if wheelchair manipulation is to be minimised.