Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire

The distinctive Jacobean style house with its Georgian Chapel and delightful gardens and lakes is set in over 100 acres of parkland. The fresh and vibrant interior contains an unusual collection of historic paintings; marbles; sculptures; porcelains; English; European; Far Eastern and American antique furniture collected by family members.

History

Capesthorne has been touched by nearly 1,000 years of English History. Roman Legions passed across it. Titled Norman families hunted on it. In the Civil War the family was Royalist and an ancestress helped Charles II to escape after the Battle of Worcester.

The Hall itself was built between 1719 and 1732. Extensive changes over a hundred years later, included the distinctive turrets and pinnacles. But in 1861 a disasterous fire threatened to destroy the Hall completely. It was only saved by a change of the direction of the wind, which left just two wings remaining. The entire central section was gutted and had to be completely rebuilt. During the Second World War, Capesthorne was used as a Red Cross Hospital and its cellars became an effective bomb shelter for nurses and soldiers.

The historic collection displays a family's taste collected over three centuries and include fine art, marble sculptures, tapestries, Regency, Jacobean and Rococo antiques from throughout Europe and America and the Far East.

The present Squire, Sir William Bromley-Davenport, former Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and his American wife Elizabeth (E.B Watts), a professional artist, are the latest of eight generations to live there.

Rooms

The journey through the house begins in an Entrance Hall of historical paintings, marble sculptures, English, French and Dutch antique furniture and 16th century stained glass windows. The Sculpture Gallery stands between the saloon, with its family portraits, bronzes and ebony furniture, and the Queen Anne Room which features a monumental fireplace and heraldic mantelpiece surrounded by paintings, marbles and fine porcelain.

The Drawing Room to the right of the main staircase, with views onto the West Lawn, has chandeliers reflected in large mirrors and is an ideal setting for weddings. From here an impressive staircase leads to first floor exhibition rooms which give further insights into Capesthorne's history - the Royal Bedroom, Bow Room, Child's Room, American Room, Dorothy Davenport Room and Box Room.

Guests can enjoy the treasures of Capesthorne at their own pace or through Group Guided Tours. Facilities can also be hired for corporate occasions, receptions and dinners, business meetings and family celebrations, including wedding parties and civil wedding ceremonies.

Grounds & Gardens

The Capesthorne acres, which surround the Hall with woodland, parkland, and lakes, provide popular relaxation breaks for visitors on public open days as well as corporate and private users.