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“An OK House”
Review of Berrington Hall

Berrington Hall
Ranked #4 of 53 things to do in Hereford
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Owner description: Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting, Berrington has many secrets to uncover. Here in one of Henry Holland’s first houses, you can explore the family rooms and walk in the servants’ footsteps down the back stairs, moving around the house unseen by the family and guests. You will find out what happened to William Kemp, LordCawley’s butler, and discover the anguish of a grieving mother during the First World War. Alternatively why not join a below-stairs tour to see if you would have liked being a servant at Berrington?
Horndean, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“An OK House”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

An OK house to visit but have been to many better NT houses than this. 2 hours was amples of time to wander around the house.

Visited May 2014
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64 attraction reviews
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“Interesting National Trust property”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Berrington Hall is a fine house built for Thomas Harley in the 1780s who made his fortune as a banker and government contractor in London. There is plenty to see in the House, including the links with the family of Admiral Lord Rodney, whom Harley's second daughter, Anne, married in 1781.

Downstairs in the House can be seen the Marble Hall which is the formal entrance Hall to the property. Its present colour scheme of buff and gold on the ceiling and grey-green on the walls dates from the scheme chosen by Lord Cawley around 1908.

Next is the Library which once housed a magnificent collection of books initially assembled by Thomas Harley's great grandfather the 1st Earl of Oxford who was a friend of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. The books were sold off by the 7th Lord Rodney who converted the room into a Billiard Room. The 1st Lord Cawley removed the billiard table and filled the shelves with books once again (purchased from Heaton Hall in Manchester).

The Dining Room is the largest in the House and also has a higher ceiling than elsewhere. This rooms includes battle pictures commemorating Lord Rodney's greatest triumphs. There is plenty to see in this room including several other paintings and fine furniture.

Moving through the house you will come to the Staircase Hall which is in the middle of the property and includes a wonderful staircase including a cast iron and mahogany hand rail. Still on the ground floor is Lady Cawley's Room which she used until 1978 as her sitting-room but which has now be arranged to commemorate the Cawley family and reflect their life at Berrington since 1901.

The Back Hall (previously known as the Justice Room and possibly used as the Estate Office) was the entrance that the family would have used from the 1890s when the bathroom tower was added (the tower was demolished in the 1960s). Off the Back Hall is the Business Room which in the 1880s was called the Smoking Room.

The final two rooms to see downstairs are the Boudoir and the Drawing Room, both very fine rooms worth spending time in, especially to learn about the Second World War convalescent Hospital at Berrington; also look out for the ink-stain caused by a burglar!

Upstairs you will find the Nursery with an eclectic and interesting selection of some of the family's toys from before the First World War. Next is the White Dressing Room which includes clothing owned by Major Stephen Cawley who was killed in action during the First World War. This leads to further tragic stories in the Oval Room which has a display dedicated to three of Sir Frederick and Lady Cawley's sons who were killed in the First World War.

Before descending the back stairs and the servants; quarters you can see the corner dressing room and bedroom which depict the coming home of the 7th Lord Rodney and his new wife Corisande from their Honeymoon.

The servants' quarters are divided between the attics, the basement and the three ranges of two story buildings which form the courtyard at the back of the House. You are able to see the Laundry and adjacent Drying Room which are both fascinating and show clearly how hard work was in this section! You are also able to see the fairly sparse, yet elegant dairy.

If it is a nice day, remember to leave some time to explore some of the garden.

Visited April 2014
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Lovely day out”
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Interesting house and beautiful gardens and parkland. Well worth a visit. Only £9.50 per adult for all access inc parking.
Nice touches such as free games for families and croquet. National Trust property.

Visited May 2014
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Hereford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic place and great photography.”
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

We went to Berrington hall two weeks ago and we had a fantastic time the history is amazing and we loved the walk around the grounds and took some lovely photos . would recommend to go for a day out.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank liz m
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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“day out”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

A National Trust property near Leominster with wonderful views of surrounding countryside and extensive gardens by Capability Brown. The exterior of the house looks a bit gloomy but what an interior with so many rooms open to the public each one showing a glimpse of the houses history. At the moment they have a interesting display of costumes from the film The Duchess. Other interesting events included a period cooking display and the audio story of the butler. On entering the house we were met by a NT guardian who gave a very interesting introduction to the property explaining some of the quirky parts of the house such as the entrance hall ceiling which looks domed but is flat.
Parking was easy and the entrance fee £9.50 each or free to NT members. Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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