Overview

Harlington is a medium-sized, village centre manor house, with 14th-century hall house origins.

There are 16th, 19th and 20th-century additions including an Elizabethan Great Chamber, fine 17th-century panelled Great and Little Parlours and a panelled state bedroom in which Charles II is reputed to have slept. There is also an interesting extension dating to 1937 by Sir Albert Richardson PRA.

The house was used for the interrogation (by Sir Francis Wingate, the then owner) and brief imprisonment of John Bunyan in 1660.

It houses an interesting collection of art, antiques and ephemera, including works by Landseer, Peter de Wint, James Northcote RA, John Afflick, Emma Vidal and Wolf von Lenkiewicz.

 


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On Westoning Road, in the centre of the village of Harlington, 1 mile from J12 of the M1. The house is 300 yards from Harlington Mainline station, 45 minutes from St Pancras International. Intermittent buses to Milton Keynes

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Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Britannia Cabs 01525 600600

Admission
Admission

£7.50 for house tour
£12.50 for house tour plus tea and cake

Advice notice required except on notice days.

Group Visits
Group Visits

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25 Apr 2019

Harlington Manor, nr Luton

Harlington Manor is a house dating from the 16th century, though there is a possibility that it dates from the late 1390s and stands on a significantly earlier site. Major alterations were made in the 17th century, including panelling in the two principal reception rooms. In 1660, John Bunyan was interrogated by Sir Francis Wingate and briefly imprisoned in the house. Shortly afterwards, Charles II visited and stayed at the house. The Wingate family remained as the owners of the property until the mid 19th-century.

The house possesses a number of interesting architectural features. It has a very early 16th century wooden staircase leading to the attic. This is most unusual as most such staircases have been removed long ago. The attic itself is said to have two priest holes. The principal reception room (the great parlour) has a Tudor rose beam boss, Tudor beams and a Tudor fireplace. There is a very early 18th century staircase and a fine late Restoration dining room.

Reputedly, an exact replica of the house was constructed in Virginia, USA. Unfortunately, that house burned down in the late 19th century. There is a photograph of this house – but it does not look very similar to Harlington Manor. Certainly, however, the house was owned by the Burwell family, whose descendants became the biggest landowners in Virginia, governors of Virginia and even married into the Presidency.


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Accommodation

Four bedrooms, three of which are ensuite, with spectacular period interiors. Breakfast is taken at a long table in Great Parlour, complete with 1815 Flight Barr porcelain. Coffee machines can be found in each room. Harlington Manor was voted one of the top three B&Bs in the UK by The Times. 


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Come to Harlington Manor and receive use of the Great and Little Parlours, in conjunction with the B&B facilities, as conference and breakaway facilities.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Lunch
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast