The Stone Hall
At the heart of the house the Stone Hall was a great hall in the 16th-century, a kitchen in the 17th-century and by 1921 an entrance hall in which parties were held and table tennis was played.
Walter Brierley’s restoration harked back to the rooms Tudor origins and the walls were adorned with game trophies.
The Dining Room & Lord Prestons Room
In the 17th-century the dining room was Lord Preston’s bedchamber, with adjacent closet.
In imitation of the Court of Versailles he would receive visitors, take meals, and sleep. By the 20th-century the Dining Room became Colonel Fife’s smoking room and a ‘Georgian Green’ colour with mezzotints adorned the walls.
The Oak Hall
During Lord Preston’s remodelling in the late 17th-century, this room became an entrance hall.
It was fitted out accordingly with impressive door-cases with open topped pediments, a screen of three arches and a stone floor laid in a sophisticated pattern of squares and hexagons.
The Drawing Room
The Fifes’ Drawing Room was originally Lord Preston’s great chamber. This occupies the centre of the south front with French windows opening onto a sweeping view of the walled garden.
This room contains many treasures including a tea caddy, piano, tapestries, a mystery painting and a recently restored baby house.
Mrs Fifes Bedroom
This feminine room is hung with a myriad of pictures that give a visual family history. These include a portrait of Mrs Fife as a girl and a charming charcoal of Peter Clive.
The room, with its views over the garden, contains a charming collection of items from crewelwork wall hangings to 18th-century furniture.
Colonel Fifes Bedroom
Originally part of the Drawing Room this room was created in the early 19th-century when a partition wall was installed.
The decoration of Chinese style wallpaper, sporting trophies, and watercolours reflects the taste of Colonel Fife – a professional solider with a passion for country pursuits.
The Oak Bedroom
The oak bedroom is in the oldest part of the house which has 16th-century origins and was regularly used as a guest bedroom, by the Fife’s, between the wars.
The older features of stout oak panelling and mullion windows are complemented by Lord Preston’s corner chimneypiece and Miles Birkett Foster’s watercolours.
The Panelled Bedroom
As one of the oldest rooms at Nunnington Hall the panelled bedroom was used as a guest room during the 20th-century.
The oak panelling of regular squares dates to the 1630s and the architectural chimneypiece, similar to the example in the Drawing Room, was probably fitted in the late 17th-century.
April is Wood Month
This ubiquitous material is everywhere from the Oak Hall to the Panelled Bedroom,
May is Metals Month
Find out what metals we have at Nunnington
June is Architecture Month
What makes Nunnington a one-of-a-kind house in Yorkshire?
July is Photography Month
We are a magnet for great photography, especially of the families of Nunnington
September is Textiles Month
Tapestries, bedspreads and the littlest stitch in the Carlisle Collection
October is Art Month
The Hall is festooned with art of all types, find out about some of the special pieces.
The Carlisle Collection
This remarkable collection of miniature rooms was formed over a period of 40 years by Mrs F.M. Carlisle.
The collection consists of 16 individual rooms containing furniture and accessories at usually one-eighth of their natural size. Skilled craftsmen were commissioned to make musical instruments, furniture and other accessories some of which are made from ivory, glass, porcelain and silver.
The Hall in focus
Nunnington Hall has been the home of many families and with each new resident the property evolve...
Our extensive archaeology project has investigated what lies beneath the floors of Nunnington Hal...
This massive restoration project has rescued Nunnington Hall's baby house.