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West Horsley Place is a Grade I listed medieval manor house and estate of great beauty and historic significance.
Left almost untouched for a century West Horsley Place has romantic and fragile beauty. The estate at West Horsley Place has an illustrious line of owners and visitors stretching back to the Norman Conquest. King Henry VIII visited for an extravagant 35-course lunch hosted by his cousin Henry Courtenay, to whom he had given West Horsley Place as a gift, only to have him beheaded two years later. Queen Elizabeth I stayed here for a week in August 1559 whilst visiting her childhood friend Elizabeth Fitzgerald (The Fair Geraldine).
30 miles from central London, West Horsley Place is on the A246 between Guildford and Leatherhead. It is 1mile from Horsley Train Station, 10 minutes by car from the A3 and 12 minutes from the M25.
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West Horsley Place's history and features
Legend has it that Sir Walter Raleigh’s embalmed head was kept within these walls by his devoted wife and Guy Fawkes once worked here. Although the house is currently on Historic England’s At Risk Register and in need of restoration, from 2020 the formal reception rooms will have been sensitively restored and new heating and lighting installed as well as luxurious new lavatories. The Stone Hall, named for its flagstones made from York Stone, is where Henry VIII had a 35-course banquet when visiting West Horsley Place in 1536. Classical in style, the Stone Hall has a light and elegant atmosphere. West Horsley Place is home to the remarkable Crewe Collection of books (many of which were also donated to Trinity College, Cambridge) which forms our atmospheric library; floor to ceiling bookcases, antique furniture and medieval wall arches (complete with witches’ marks).
Our 5 acres of formal walled gardens were laid out in 1710 and feature the rare and beautiful crinkle-crankle (or serpentine) wall, as well as a charming and spacious walled orchard.