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The Cobbe Collection of instruments

This collection of over 40 keyboard instruments is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Discover instruments that were owned or played by some of history's greatest composers. A must see for music lovers.

The Cobbe Collection of pictures

This collection, begun by Archbishop Cobbe in the 18th century, hangs throughout the house. Pictures have been added over the centuries, and highlights include paintings by Titian, Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds.

Hatchlands as a family home

The house is a family home to our tenant, Alec Cobbe. Our limited opening hours reflect this, allowing Mr Cobbe some privacy while still giving you an opportunity to glimpse the wonderful collections he's assembled.

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Cellar tours

We're opening our cellar spaces © James Duffy

We're opening our cellar spaces

We're opening up as many hidden and rarely seen places as possible. Find out how previous generations used the underground spaces here on our cellar tours.

History

The Rendel family gathers at the front door in 1905 © National Trust

The Rendel family gathers at the front door in 1905

Chart the history of our house. Follow the stories of the socialites, politicians, industrialists, school pupils and others who've lived here over the centuries.

Robert Adam

Adam's fireplace features Night with eyes closed and Day with eyes open © Matt Batchelor

Adam's fireplace features Night with eyes closed and Day with eyes open

Celebrated architect Robert Adam designed the interiors in his earliest country house commission. Much of his work here can still be seen throughout the house.

Children's trails

Follow our trails around the house to help children get the most from their visit. Uncover hidden gems with two trails for different age groups.

Pick one up at the house entrance or download them here if you're in the process of planning your visit.

Download our trail for under 7 years

Download our trail for over 7 years

Audioguide

Audioguides are available for the house at Hatchlands © NTPL, David Levenson

Get a little house history and enjoy music from the instruments of The Cobbe Collection.

The basic guide lasts around 45 minutes and is available for £2 from the house entrance.

Collections

Audioguides are available for the house at Hatchlands © National Trust

Our house is a family home so many of our objects are out on loan to other places.

For rarely seen items, take a look at our highlight page in the national inventory of collections.

Highlights chosen by our house team

  •  © Matt Batchelor

    Boscawen console tables, 1750

    This pair of marble-topped tables are the only items left in the house from the original furnishings.

  •  © David Mees

    Grand Piano by Nannette Streicher, 1823

    Loaned by HM The Queen, this piano by Beethoven's favourite maker has a cymbal, a bell and a drum.

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