Explore the house and collections at Hinton Ampner
Hinton Ampner is largely the creation of one man, Ralph Dutton, and his visions of a fine country house and comfortable Georgian living. Yet the house and its contents have a far greater story to tell.
Hinton Ampner's story begins with a substantial Tudor manor built in the 1540s, elements of which remain today in the form of the stables café and parts of the wall that surrounds the kitchen garden. It survived until 1793 when it was demolished to be replaced by a more modest Georgian house 60 yards to the south.
It's at this point that the Dutton family enters the story, and when their second son, John Thomas Dutton, moves in 64 years later, change for Hinton Ampner is yet again on the horizon. He sets about encasing the existing Georgian structure within an elaborate Tudor Gothic extension, one that Ralph later described as "a building of exceptional hideousness."
Fortunately, life hands him the opportunity to address this, and when he inherits Hinton Ampner in 1935 he embarks on a journey to reveal the Georgian character buried within, and use it as the perfect backdrop for his collection of fine 18th century furniture, paintings, and ceramics.
Fate, however, doesn't make the journey easy for him.