Herefordshire, HR8 2LY
Hellens Manor is a living monument to much of England’s history. A private home rather than a museum, it contains a wealth of period furnishings, paintings and decorations.
Hellens was built as a monastery at the end of the 13th century, and further additions were made to the building in the Tudor, Jacobean and Stuart eras. Among Hellens’s attractions are the haunted rooms prepared for Mary Tudor and her tutor Fetherstone, the Stone Hall and its great fireplace bearing the Black Prince’s crest and the Minstrel Gallery. The Music Room has a particularly fine frieze and panelling.
The house contains numerous antiques, including furniture, paintings and other decorations. There are items associated with Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex (Elizabeth I’s favourite) and Charles I, as well as possessions that belonged to the houses’s inhabitants. On the walls are some fine 17th-century portraits, two of them depicting James II’s first and second wives, Anne Hyde and Mary of Modena.