Things to see and do at Farnborough Hall
Enter this welcoming family home with its honey-stone walls, sentimental family items and photographs. Appreciate the finest plasterwork adorning the interiors and spot the many treasures that William Holbech II collected during the Grand Tour.
Family life in the country
Start your journey in the forecourt and admire this country house from a grand entrance.
Little is known of the landscape, but see its past and present through ponds, external features and an orchard with its veteran pear and apple trees.
Take a wander through the village to the church to take in the views of the grand walled Kitchen garden and further on the Game Larder enclosed by a Holly hedge beyond.
Explore the terrace
Experience the vision of one man, William Holbech II, and his grand landscape design as you amble up the terrace and take in the views of the parkland beyond. Where William used to wave to his brother in the nearby village of Mollington, now blocked by coniferous woodland, planted after the war.
This long mile of grass walkway to the obelisk takes in the lovely views over the surrounding parkland and across to Warmington Valley, along with places to rest in the spectacular iconic temple and upstairs pavilion returning by the ornamental woodland with dappled light and shade.
Informality of the formal gardens
The garden features a curiously designed rose garden and the remains of a formal orangery. Now a beautiful spot to sit and wonder about 18th century life.
Just a short walk away is a hidden gem of a magical cascade and foundations of a much later summer house. Sit and look over the lake with the cascade running behind you and find out what makes this spot so special.
The secrets of Farnborough
Outside of the formal grounds, take a walk across the road and stroll around the Pools and woodland to take in the views back across the parkland to the bastions along the Terrace, a ‘rare example of a ferme ornee’.
Farnborough Hall remains largely unaltered since the 18th century. It is a personal collection containing exquisite sculptures, porcelain and artwork by Panini and Canaletto.
Admire the grand staircase leading up to the first floor, with its 18th century skylight dome and beautiful wall decoration, all part of the grand design.