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Kelmarsh Hall

Kelmarsh, Northampton, NN6 9LY

Brick-built elegant, eighteenth-century country house.

Kelmarsh Hall in Northampton

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  • Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
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  • Educational Visits
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Built in 1732, successive owners and influences have left their imprint on this elegant Palladian style home.

From noted antiquarian William Hanbury to banker and horse-racing enthusiasts Richard Naylor, each resident’s stories can be found within the hall; but none more so than Nancy Lancaster, ‘doyenne of the Country House style’ or the servants working and living ‘below stairs’ and in the laundry.

Kelmarsh evokes the warmth of a home, within the stories of past residents and for visitors today.

The Hall is surrounded by its working estate, grazing parklands and Grace II listed gardens. Kelmarsh boasts a distinctive Walled Garden, Sunken Garden, topiary and rose gardens, woodlands, lake and herbaceous borders – all designed principally by Nancy Lancaster, with Norah Lindsay and landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe.

The informal, feminine designs laid out by Nancy are welcoming throughout the year, and are celebrated for their dizzying array of dahlias in late summer.

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