The house at Hinton Ampner

Picture of the South Drawing room at Hinton Ampner

Not all is as it seems at Hinton Ampner. The house at Hinton Ampner has undergone many changes in its history. Delve into the past of the historic estate, from Civil War battles to ghostly apparitions, war-time evacuees to a devastating fire.

The Stewkeleys, Stawells and Duttons inhabited Hinton Ampner for over 500 years. Learn the mysteries of the stories they left behind in the house.

Not your average home

When Ralph Dutton inherited the house, it was a Victorian mansion which he set about remodelling to a more agreeable Georgian form. The house you see today was remodelled again in 1960 following a devastating fire.
Everything within the house has its own story to tell before it came to live here. Ralph Dutton amassed a large collection, including an original Robert Adam ceiling, vast amounts of hard stone and the finest ceramics all dating back to the period he loved so much. 

Explore our collection online

Want to know more about Ralph Dutton’s vast collection of art, ceramics and objets d’art? You can now search the collection from the comfort of your own home.

Conservation in action

This season, the house team will be undertaking three conservation in action fortnights. Each session will focus on a particular room in the house and will cover all aspects of cleaning within that room.
The house team will be on hand to answer any questions as they clean the precious items from the collection, and you can take away a few householding tips for your own treasures at home.
Take a look at our event listings for the dates of our next conservation in action week.