Arbury Hall, surrounded by 100 acres of parkland, farm, and residences is an 18th century early Gothic revival style house built on the ruins of a 12th century priory.
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Astley castle, let to the Landmark Trust, is part of the estate as is most of the village of Astley. Arbury Hall has been home to the Newdegate family since the 16th century. The house is of stone.
In the 18th century landscaped grounds are lawns, lakes, gardens, and a rose garden surrounded by a yew hedge. There are woodland walks where some original oaks still exist. They are designed in the informal picturesque manner. The gardens were formal before the 18th century re-design.
Of particular note in the interior are the plasterwork and fan vaulting. Plunging pendants and filigree tracery show off the Gothic style. There are collections of Oriental and Chelsea porcelain and Chippendale furniture. Portraits include those by Lely and Reynolds.
There is a tea-room in the old stables block.
Two miles from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, West Midlands
Tel. 024 7638 2804
Open: house and gardens, some BH Sun and Mon, March, May, Aug, 1pm, close 6pm, guided house tours until 4.30pm; check website for specific dates; pre-booked visits for groups on April-end Sep; year round, Tue-Thu, for corporate events. Check website for opening changes.
Historic Houses Association member; parking on site; weddings
Web: Arbury Estate
Photos courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland as follows: Hall, Lakes and stable entrance by David Stowell; Hall by Brian Wright; round tower entrance by Ian Dunckley