Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens

Once the home of society decorator Nancy Lancaster, Kelmarsh Hall is the perfect embodiment of the English Country House style that she helped create.

Kelmarsh Hall

Kelmarsh Hall

Historian Nikolaus Pevsner praised Kelmarsh Hall as ‘a perfect, extremely reticent design, done in an impeccable taste.’ Designed for the Hanbury family in the 1730s by virtuoso architect James Gibbs , and built by Francis Smith of Warwick, the house displays Nancy Lancaster’s flair for combining comfort with formality. Her touch is particularly evident in the terracotta colouring of the Great Hall, the exuberant Chinese wallpaper and the seasonal flower arrangements.

Permanent collections

Eighteenth-century furniture and paintings from Croome Court in Worcestershire, home to the Earls of Coventry, are on extended loan to the hall. They are displayed in a series of specially created room settings on the first floor of the house.

Visitor information

The gardens, laid out by Nancy Lancaster and garden designer Norah Lindsay, possess the same relaxed charm as the house. There’s a historic walled kitchen garden and beds for cut flowers. The newly refurbished tea room serves morning coffee, soups, sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes, and afternoon teas.  Scarves, handbags, greeting cards, children’s toys and garden items are all on sale in the gift shop.

Venue details

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Kelmarsh, Northampton Northamptonshire NN6 9LY 01604 686543

Entry details

£8 standard entry


27 Mar – 29 Sep

Tue, first Sun of every month, Bank Holiday Mon, 1.30–4pm


Tue–​Thu, Sun, Bank Holiday Mon, 11am – 5pm