Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex
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, re-visit the house or take further refreshment in the Tea Room.
Ingatestone village lies off the A12 between Brentwood and Chelmsford (in Essex). From the London end of the High Street, take Station Lane, cross the level crossing and continue for half a mile.
Park in the signed main car park outside the entrance and gather at the main gates where you will be met.
Tea or coffee and home made (at the Hall) cakes
No dogs (except guide dogs) Photography for private use is allowed on the tours providing no flash is used. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Limited downstairs and not upstairs.