The Hall

The drawing room at Berrington contains the Elmar Digby collection © Nadia Mackensie

The drawing room at Berrington contains the Elmar Digby collection

Georgian masterpiece

Berrington was saved for the nation in 1957 because it is one of the few masterpieces of the famous architect Henry Holland (1746-1806) to survive intact. His villa of 1778-83 was compactly and intricately planned to sit on a new site selected by the aging ‘Capability’ Brown, who had laid out the new park. The almost complete survival of Holland’s internal scheme gives Berrington its international significance.

The family

Sir Thomas Harley © Nationaltrustimages

Thomas Harley commissioned Henry Holland, the son-in-law of ‘Capability’ Brown, to build the house around 1778.

The family

The return of the 7th Lord Rodney © John Hammond

The homecoming of the 7th Lord Rodney with his new wife. He later sold the house to clear debts.

The family

Lord Crawley and his sons © John Hammond

Fredrick Cawley purchased the estate in 1901 and his family lived here until it came into our care 1954.

A thousand fancies

Berrington blue bonnet © NT

We have a stunning year of Georgian costume displays in the house.  Our full programme

Our treasures

The boudoir © Nationaltrustimages

Close-up of the top of a lapis blue scagliola column and elaborate plasterwork in the Boudoir.

Our treasures

Ironing stove © Nationaltrustimages

The ironing stove in the Laundry with its collection of irons and a long handled refuelling shovel.

Our treasures

Tapestry in entrance hall © Nationaltrustimages

One of the early 20th century Aubusson-Felletin tapestries in the hall commissioned by the first Lord Cawley.

Our treasures

Dining room ceiling © Nationaltrustimages

On the dining room ceiling, the central inset roundel was painted in the style of Biagio Rebecca.

Our treasures

Grand Staircase designed by Henry Holland © Nationaltrustimages

The main staircase with bronzed balustrade and decorated ceiling is a central feature of the house

Don't miss

  • Seeing one of the few residences designed by the famous Henry Holland to remain largely intact.
  • Learning how the 7th Lord Rodney’s fortune changed until he eventually lost his riches, his estate and his wife.
  • Viewing the exquisite 18th-century French neo-classical decorations in the ground floor rooms.
  • Finding out what happened to Lord Cawley’s butler and see how the servants lived ‘below stairs’.
  • Seeing the house in its ‘Capability’ Brown landscape and the panoramic views towards Wales.

The front of Berrington Hall in winter

Winter at Berrington © Gareth Gwilt

Winter at Berrington

The laundry

Young visitors washing clothes © Nationaltrustimages

Young visitors washing clothes

The butler's pantry

The butler’s pantry is part of the below stairs tour at Berrington © Andy Cox UKTripper. com

The butler’s pantry is part of the below stairs tour at Berrington

The main staircase

The main staircase is a masterpiece of Henry Holland design © Andy Cox UKTripper. com

The main staircase is a masterpiece of Henry Holland design

A thousand fancies

Some of the costumes in the collection are for dressing up © Nationaltrustimages

Some of the costumes in the collection are for dressing up

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