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ATTRACTION REVIEW Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Tuesday 16th June 2015 @ 22:01 by Anon Anonon
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Whenever I fancy a trip out to a nice grand house and some impressive gardens, I always end up on the short journey from Glossop and on to Chatsworth House, says Max Wieland.

BRODSWORTH HALL: Glimpse a Victorian vision of life in a country house.  Brodsworth Hall was built and the pleasure gardens laid out, in the 1860s, as an up-to-date new home for the Thellusson family and their servants.

BRODSWORTH HALL: Glimpse a Victorian vision of life in a country house. Brodsworth Hall was built and the pleasure gardens laid out, in the 1860s, as an up-to-date new home for the Thellusson family and their servants.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Chatsworth House, its remarkable in fact, but thankfully I stumbled across Brodsworth Hall when looking into the many properties owned by English Heritage.

Compared to other similar properties, its history is fairly new and has survived with remarkably few changes until it was taken on by English Heritage in 1990. The gardens have been restored, and the faded and worn interiors gently conserved, telling the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived and worked here.

Built by the fabulously wealthy Charles Thellusson, Brodsworth Hall was the Thellusson family home for over 120 years. Designed in the Italianate style of the 1860s, the ‘grand rooms’ on the ground floor recall its Victorian heyday. Many of the original furnishings can still be seen and are thankfully described in a polite and informative manner by the many volunteers that guide you through this Victorian spectacle.

Glorious Gardens

But with summer approaching, it’s also nice to get out and tackle a nice walk through an extensive garden, and thankfully, the Gardens at Brodsworth Hall are one of those rare places where it’s grandiose outdoors may actually outshine the hall itself.

Spectacularly restored to their full Victorian splendour the gardens are home to a collection of grand gardens in miniature, filled with colourful seasonal plantings and displays.

What’s more, if you like to picnic, the hall kindly allows you to pitch up anywhere in its gardens, and after walking its perimeter for a good hour, you really are spoilt for choice.

But for those looking for an extra treat, perhaps for Fathers Day this Sunday (21 June), Brodsworth Hall will be hosting a classic car event from midday until 4.30pm, with various makes and models on display.

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