Hellens Manor

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.

An exterior view of the 13th-century manor at twilight

An exterior view of the 13th-century manor at twilight

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.

Permanent collections

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.

Visitor information

The gardens are being redeveloped along Tudor and Jacobean lines, reflecting the house’s history. They incorporate a rare 17th-century octagonal dovecote, a walled knot garden, and a yew labyrinth. Family carriages and the Old Cider Mill house can also be seen in the grounds. The Tea Room is open on tour days from 1pm - 5pm, serving homemade cakes, teas, coffee and juices.

Venue details

Hellens Manor Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, Ledbury Herefordshire HR8 2LY 01531 660504 www.hellensmanor.com

Entry details

Standard entry £9

Easter - 3 Oct
Wed, Sun, Bank Holiday Mon by guided tour only, 2pm - 5pm