Farnborough Hall
Farnborough Hall
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Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsGardens
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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17th century honey coloured country house with heavy influence of Rococo plasterwork and Sanderson Miller landscapes. Built in the late 17th century by William Holbech, and still lived in and run by the Holbech family.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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FusiBuni
England, UK86 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited the house during late August 23. I was minded to say that this isn’t your typical NT property but I don’t think there is a typical property! This is very different in so much as you are stepping into someone’s home, a family still live not only in the property but use the rooms open to the public. This is why there are only a few rooms to see but, goodness, how interesting they were. I was fascinated by the mixture of old and new and how the present occupant, who is I gather an interior designer, has put these aspects together. She lives here with her family and has created a wonderful family home amongst the wonderful treasures collected by their ancestors. The guides were clearly passionate about the house which always makes a difference.
I was itching to take pictures but it is not allowed because it is a family home, which is completely understandable.
The grounds were charming with a longish walk to the monument which was erected in 1751. The gardens are mostly laid to lawn but there is a beautifully fragrant rose garden too.
We did miss a cafe, perhaps an honesty tea and coffee station would be nice? There are plenty of places to sit, however, and the website is clear on this.
One tiny criticism is that there isn’t a family tree in the guide book which was a tad disappointing.
We had a lovely chat with the lady taking payments who I think maybe the same as the aforementioned interior designer. Wonderful.
I would definitely recommend a visit.
Written 24 August 2023
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David M
Lowsonford, UK4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
The village hall is closed during August no refreshments available this has not been stated in the information therefore it was disappointing visit
Written 12 August 2023
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Jenny C
Coventry, UK5 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We loved our visit here at the weekend. My husband and I came with our baby and were made to feel so welcome. It was lovely weather so we enjoyed a walk up to the monument and a great time in the house. So grateful to the Farnborough Hall team who looked after our son so we could make the most of the houses too. We'll be back!
Written 2 May 2023
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Thank you for the review, we look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.
Written 21 May 2023
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Johnny D
London, UK92 contributions
Sept 2022 • Couples
An interesting building with lovely extensive grounds. Lovely views from top of hill. Easy walk up slight incline. Perfect to walk the dog. House ok but nothing of note. The family still live there and I was shown around by one of them. Think she might have been a headmistress! No tea rooms but the village hall usually do teas which are very good. Much cheaper than NT
Written 12 January 2023
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Karen H
1 contribution
Jun 2022
We joined the National Trust six months ago and have used our membership locally and in Devon and Cornwall on holiday this year. Hidcote, Charlcote, Upton locally and Greenway, Coleton Fishacre, Killerton, Knightshays, Castle Drogo amongst many more on holiday. We trip advisor researched Farnborough Hall. Some were good reviews, some were not so good. May I redress the not so positive ones? Some say that they don’t review well as it isn’t open very much. I say, plan ahead! Some say only a few rooms are open. True, but the rooms that are, are very well worth the effort of exploring. The plaster work is exquisite. The Holbech family still live there. This should be respected. Their family history, linked to Vice Admiral Nelson’s family is unique.
The experts in every room are passionate about this home and a home is what it is. A home that I have driven past and not visited for years and for far too long. The gardens are beautifully maintained and there is a lot of maintenance to do! Walk up the manicured grassy path flanked by laurel hedges, holly trees, sweet chestnut, holly and fragrant linden trees, wild lilies growing beneath, past the two follies to the obelisk. A path well worth taking.
Written 1 July 2022
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Kathryn W
Birmingham, UK238 contributions
Jun 2022
Beautiful hall in a stunning setting. I've only rated it as average as there isn't much to see.
Only a few rooms are open - 4 downstairs, the stairs themselves and a peek into a sort of bedroom come sitting room, so pretty limited - we were through in less than 30 minutes. You get the impression that it is opened by the family, but begrudgingly so and they will only show you the bare minimum because they have to probably for tax reasons. The room stewards were nice and dogs were welcome outside.
But it has a lovely feel - even 'homely' despite its grandeur. Visit on a summers day and you can literally see middle England. Visit nearby Burton Dassett Country Park for stunning views.
Written 12 June 2022
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Matt N
Olton, UK208 contributions
Apr 2022
It is, of course, the Holbech family's total right to open up their house in whatever way they please, it is their family property after all. But that they do confers upon it a status as a tourist attraction that carries with it certain, fair expectations from visitors. Expectations that I don't really feel are being met for it to be warranted as a place to visit. In truth I left with the distinct impression that these are expectations they don't particularly want to meet, which left me wondering why they bother at all.

You are herded through the couple of rooms that are open in no time at all. There is nothing on display that truly resonates, no memories to keep, no narrative proffered to explain the history nor the stories that must lurk inside. I like to drink in the experience and be left with an impression of a property, but the only impression I left with was that no real effort was being made.
They do have a nice ceiling over the staircase though. But that's not really enough as a take away.

There are stunning, lucious, beautiful views of vibrancy and colour from the garden. But that in itslef sums up Farnborough Hall. The views are of places beyond the property's bounds and nothing to do with the hall itself and these wonderous external visions are contemplated from a surround that is more akin to a moderatley well-kept municipal park, rather than a stately garden so beloved of other trust properties, teeming with a life and ebulience of their own.

The welcome was brusque and patronising as opposed to one of warmth and conviviality you'd be accustomed to, having visited any other NT property. And again it is a basic expectation that went unmet and gave off a whiff that we ought to be grateful the upper-classes were being gracious enough to allow us members of the lower-ranks to see inside their "fabulous" house.
That the same lady wouldn't believe us when we said we weren't taking any photos of their precious heirlooms and finery, we weren't and told her so ,and that the same lady having led us to view what we were looking at then got distracted and cleared off before she had, again gave vent to a lack of welcome and effort and a distinct uppity rudeness.
I should say in the interests of balance and fairness that the other guide we encountered was friendly and knowledgable and whilst coming over as being a bit bored of it all herself, did give the impression that she wanted to impart her knowledge of the house into us with a bit of mustered enthusiasm.

We are long-time NT members and get much pleasure from our membership and the properties it opens up for us to explore and treasure, and so it gives me no great satisfaction that all of the many we have visited over the years that this one is the first that truly disapointed.
As I say they can do what they like with their property, but having made the decision, no doubt a lucrative one, to go to the trouble of opening it up to the public gaze, I think the very least these visitors deserve for their time and money is a bit of effort and effusive welcome on their behalf.
Instead it all seems very reluctant and reeks of not really being bothered.
Written 4 May 2022
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Mrsjones1000
Birmingham, MI4 contributions
Aug 2021
Firstly, the opening hours are very limited(only two afternoons a week April to September).
We visited on Saturday last week and couldn't gain any access to the house being told by a surly woman to come back in 2022 when the house will next open.

The grounds are lovely but access is very restricted with 'private' signs everywhere. No café, and insect infected toilets.

You get the impression that the resident family really don't want NT visitors
but are happy to get NT assistance in maintaining 'their' palace and gardens.
Written 17 August 2021
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Lily
29 contributions
Oct 2019
I felt as if I had visited the house before even though I hadn’t, there were only 4 rooms opened to the public we went upstairs to look at one painting and the plaster ceiling none of the upstairs rooms were opened I didn’t mind going upstairs but felt there should have been a sign at the bottom telling people there was nothing to see apart from one picture.
The rooms were nicely furnish and the staff knowledgeable, we had a walk round the grounds and enjoyed the views, hopefully in time more rooms will be opened.
Written 9 October 2019
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Amanda C
Birmingham, UK10 contributions
Sept 2019
A beautiful home still lived in by the family. Not your usual NT property, it has no cafe, book shop etc. However it is still worth a visit for the garden and the garden structures. The views from the garden are stunning. The house itself is lovely if small, but the venetian paintings are gorgeous as are the ceilings.
Written 23 September 2019
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