A brief history
Farnborough Hall is a rare and very special example of a ferme ornee (ornamental farm), created in the 18th century by William Holbech II.
The estate was passed to us in 1960 with the endowment of Geoffery Holbech. Early 18th-century design saw the transition from rigid symmetry and formality towards, a looser, more natural and informal style.
However, this was also the period where the owners of smaller properties were able to make their mark and be influential.
A partnership for the future
We've been gradually restoring the property since the 1960s and we're now a Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement with Natural England.
The aim is to deliver significant environmental benefits:
the historic environment
and resource protection
By embarking on a Parkland conservation and restoration programme, it's hoped that the Parkland views will be restored back to 18th-century design.
An 18th-century experience
Views and vistas are fundamental to the designed landscape at Farnborough, with shorted internal views framed capturing the pastoral idyll, ornamented with garden buildings, cascades and obelisks; circuit walks along shaded avenues (commonly known as The Terrace), beside water, lakes and cascades.
The Terrace Walk allowed wide, long distance views across the landscape and it's our ambition to provide this experience to our visitors and the local community.
If you would like to get involved in the project in any way and join our volunteer team, send us an email