Life Below Stairs

Every year thousands of visitors enjoy the beautiful house and elegant contents once owned by Huttleston Broughton, the 1st Lord Fairhaven. Now you can visit the domestic areas of the house to experience the hard work that went on behind the scenes to maintain his luxurious, regimented lifestyle.

The Domestic Wing of the house has been restored back to the 1960s when it was last used as a private home. Rooms which have been restored include the Butler's Pantry, Kitchen, Scullery, Brushing Room and Servant's Hall, where staff used to relax when off-duty.

When Lord Fairhaven left Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust in the 1960s he said he wanted it preserved so people could see what his life was like. The Domestic Wing reveals the hard work that went on behind the scenes.
It is designed to be a truly interactive experience with visitors encouraged to handle artefacts. Specially trained Encounters Volunteers demonstrate butlering skills, how to prepare afternoon tea fit for a Lord, and how to hand churn Lord Fairhaven’s favourite ice creams and his favourite cocktail the 'Salty Dog'.
To ensure authenticity, the Trust worked closely with the local community to capture the memories of former staff or their relatives, many of whom lived in nearby villages. Artefacts to dress the rooms were also donated following local appeals.