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Halswell Park

The most important house of its date in the Somerset set in pleasure gardens amongst the finest in Europe.

Goathurst, Somerset, TA5 2DH

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View the inner workings of this full restoration project. Continuously inhabited since Domesday, Pevsner called Grade I-listed Halswell ‘the most important house of its date in the county’. The Elizabethan Manor and 1689 Baroque wing sit in 18th-century parkland with temples, follies and lakes. The interior of the house is undergoing restoration and so most rooms are not accessible to the public, however a few state rooms are restored and open.

Since the Baroque Wing was added in 1683-89 the old manor became hidden and mostly put over to services, it has languished in this condition until the current full restoration of the house and estate was begun. During our private, behind-the-scenes tours the visitor will hear about this tale of two houses and the characters who built the estate until it was broken up in 1950. The house is a rare an important example of English Baroque architecture, even rarer is the ability to see the hands-on revival of the house, which has been in a desperate state for the last 65 years.

Visitors will be given access to all the areas of the house and grounds that are not closed for necessary restoration purposes. The walk to Mill Wood to see the 18th-century water gardens being restored, folly by folly, is for the hearty of lung and leg (walking boots needed). For those who would rather keep to the house and its immediate environs, most of the Elizabethan and Baroque wings will be open, including the roof where a leaving drink can be enjoyed with views to Glastonbury Tor and Wales.

“It has been named [by Marcus Binney] as, possibly, the most ‘perfect house’ in the British Isles.’’  Daily Mail

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Oksana and Roy were fantastic. Their enthusiasm & knowledge was catching, as I heard some of the group asking advice as well as questions – most of us live in old houses – and it was fascinating listening to how the plans for the building had been made to change as they uncovered more. Wonderful!

We have just returned from Halswell. What a lovely place and what lovely people! The lunch was superb as was the leaving drink and cake this afternoon. Ed ( the owner) and Roy took us around in two groups and it was absolutely unanimous from all 57 members that it was a truly great day.

Halswell Park, Somerset

Halswell Park, Somerset

Halswell Park, Somerset

Halswell Park, Somerset

Getting here

Goathurst, Somerset, TA5 2DH

The estate gates are at the cross roads in the village of Goathurst. There is parking marked near the main house at the top of that drive. The post code will take you past the house and into the stable courtyard, so ignore that final destination; once you see the house you will see the parking area.

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