Ingatestone Hall is a 16th-century mansion built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs.
The house is still occupied by his descendants and contains furniture, pictures and memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.
The Hall stands in open countryside, one mile from the village of Ingatestone and substantially retains its original Tudor form and appearance with its mullioned windows, high chimneys, crow-step gables and oak-panelled rooms. It is surrounded by ten acres of enclosed gardens comprising extensive lawns, walled garden and stew pond.
21st April - 29th September.
Sundays, Wednesdays & Bank Holiday Mondays.
12pm to 5pm.
Ingatestone lies between Brentwood & Chelmsford off the A12. From the London end of the High St., take Station Lane and continue over the level crossing for 1 km.
Ingatestone Station (London-Norwich line) is 0.75 miles away.
Buses between Chelmsford & Brentwood stop at the top of Station Lane
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Children (5-16): £3
Under 5: Free
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
By prior arrangement only, tours of the house and grounds, led by our experienced guides, are offered throughout the year when we are not otherwise open to visitors, even on days when we are open to the general public.
Private tours can be arranged in the morning or evening and the takes about 1.5 hours. Time can be allowed for a visit to our gift shop, or for refreshments or a light meal in the Summer Parlour and an opportunity to relax in the gardens. Refreshments and meals can be provided with prior notice.
Individual tour groups are limited to a maximum of 25 persons but it is possible to run up to three separate tours concurrently.
Please ring the Estate Office (01277 353010) during normal office hours.
A word from the owner
My family have lived at Ingatestone since it was built, we hope you enjoy visting our special house.
Ingatestone Hall is a 16th century manor house surrounded by approximately 11 acres of grounds. The house was built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and is still occupied by his descendants. It contains furniture, pictures and family memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.
The house, which is listed Grade I, largely retains its original Tudor form and appearance with brick-mullioned windows, crow-step gables, tall chimneys, extensive oak panelling and two priests’ hiding places. It is essentially a much-loved family home rather than a perfectly in-period showpiece and so, although there is little in the way of spectacular treasures or well-ordered scholarly collections, the paraphernalia accumulated by successive generations of the Petre family provide plenty of interest to see. Similarly, the grounds, although retaining some original features such as the stew-ponds, walled pleasure garden and lime tree walks, have simply evolved over the years in response to individual whim rather than any master plan.
Visitors may linger in the grounds after the tour.
Ingatestone provides a suitable venue for many different styles of wedding. There are no prescribed formats. Couples are free to choose their own caterers, entertainers etc and our own wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to advise.
Whether you are planning to celebrate your wedding in the company of 20 or 200 of your friends and family, Ingatestone Hall can provide a most attractive setting for the festivities.
The Summer Parlour
A light airy room containing 17th, 18th and 19th-century portraits. Accommodates 60 diners or 90 for a stand-up reception or in theatre style seating. This room is the first choice for meals. This room is licensed for weddings and partnership ceremonies.
The Stone Hall
An oak-panelled room with a York stone floor containing Stuart and Petre family portraits. Accommodates 60 diners or 85 for a stand-up reception or in theatre style seating. This room is licensed for weddings and partnership ceremonies. It is possible for your guests to spill into the Courtyard increasing the capacity.
The dining room
This room is not normally hired out on its own but can serve to increase circulation space for receptions. The Dining Room is oak-panelled with an original polished oak floor. The table seats 12. This room is licensed for smaller weddings and partnership ceremonies.
The main garden comprises extensive lawns, shady walks, trees, shrubs, walled garden and ornamental water. Up to 5 large marquees can be accommodated, for a maximum of c. 1000 people. The smaller Inner Courtyard and Outer Courtyard can also be used for marquees and outdoor weddings, as well as the North Wing Garden.
Ingatestone Hall provides a peaceful and relaxing setting for conferences and seminars of all kinds, particularly if you are looking for something less stark and soulless than the conventional conference centre.
Corporate away-days, seminars and presentations for clients and committee meetings are among the formats that can be accommodated. We also welcome bookings for corporate receptions and dinners.
There are five principal rooms inside the house and four main areas in the gardens and grounds that are available for your use, either individually or in combination.
Ingatestone Hall is a valuable resource for teachers organising expeditions or field trips for their pupils.
In our experience, the venue is most suitable for pupils in the last year of primary school but older and younger students are welcome too. The Hall is not a museum but, having been occupied by the same family for 450 years it largely retains its original form and appearance and contains furniture, pictures and memorabilia. William Petre, who built the Hall, was a leading Tudor statesman and the well-documented details of his life and those of his descendants illuminate many aspects of English history.
In addition, the Hall and its grounds provide material for study and project work in Art & Design, Geography, Science and Mathematics.
School visits normally take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays during the Summer Term but can sometimes be arranged at other times. Such visits do not take place when the house and grounds are open to the public and only one school party is admitted on any particular day.