Guide to Richmond, Yorkshire » Kiplin Hall, 400 years of history
This hidden gem, situated between Richmond and Northallerton, was built in 1620 by George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and Founder of Maryland, USA.
Since then, the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters and Talbots, all related by blood or marriage, have left their stamp on the house. A ‘Gothic’ wing was added to the original Jacobean house in the 1820s and redesigned in 1887 by W.E. Nesfield.
This intriguing house is now furnished as a comfortable Victorian home with 17 rooms, including the fascinating Travellers’ Bedroom, open to the public. The Hall is crowded with an eclectic mix of previous owners’ furniture, paintings, portraits and personalia, including many Arts and Crafts items.
The Gardens and Grounds
Following years of neglect, the ‘lost’ gardens at Kiplin Hall are gradually being restored to life by the Head Gardener and a team of dedicated volunteers. A visit includes woodland and lakeside walks, the 18th century Walled Garden, the Rose and Sensory gardens and a newly planted White Garden.
Each year brings new projects and the gardens are an unfolding source of beauty, tranquility and discovery.
Art in the House
The people who owned Kiplin Hall left behind an extensive and important collection of original paintings that date from the 16th – 19th century. These paintings hang throughout the Hall, and include works by notable artists including Joachim Beuckelaer, Luca Carlevarijs, Angelica Kauffman, George Cuit, Siegfried Bendixen and George Frederic Watts.
A room on the first floor is devoted to 50 watercolours, mostly sketches, by Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford (1818-1891). She exhibited at London’s Grosvenor Gallery and moved in artistic circles, counting amongst her acquaintances John Ruskin, members of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement and G.F. Watts.
Award Winning Tea Room
Located within the original Hall, this is a really special place to take tea or enjoy lunch. The oak panelling and plasterwork ceiling were put in place in the 19th century, and the portraits gazing down from the wall date from as far back as the 1660s, and even include royalty!
Freshly prepared lunches, home baked scones and cakes are served on an eclectic mix of pre-1960s china, which complements the special feel of the room. In season freshly picked herbs, fruit and vegetables are used from the Walled Garden and local produce is sourced when possible. On sunny days guests may take a tray outside to enjoy in the gardens.
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Small but interesting, offering a range of interesting items.
Family Room with activities, books, Victorian toys and dressing-up clothes.
Trails to follow around the Hall
Woodland Poetree Trail
Children’s events - Easter, August, Halloween
And…lots of space to play in the fresh air!