Hatchlands Park

An 18th-century mansion set in parkland with Adam interiors and a collection of keyboard instruments

  • Beautiful landscaped park, a welcome retreat from the bustle of London
  • Formal garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll and stunning bluebell woods
  • Fine English, Italian, Flemish and Dutch paintings
  • The world's largest collection of keyboard instruments

Summary

Once belonging to the Abbey of Chertsey, the Domesday records show the first reference to Hatchlands was in 1086.

Henry VIII granted it to Sir Anthony Browne and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald (commonly known as 'The Fair Geraldine'), in 1544. The first visual record of the park is shown on a John Seller map of 1693.

Hatchlands Park was built by the third son of the 1st Viscount Falmouth, Admiral The Hon. Edward Boscawen, one of the naval heroes of the 18th-century

The Admiral bought the estate c1750, demolished the old house and employed an architect, Stiff Leadbetter, to build on a different site. Boscawen and his wife Fanny showed a great interest in the design of the house and took advice from Robert Adam on its decoration. A nautical theme runs through designs for the rooms (1759): anchors, cannon, dolphins and sea-nymphs are presided over by Neptune himself.

Hatchlands Park is a beautiful 430-acre park including a small garden by Gertrude Jerkyll.

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