Rode Hall & Gardens
Cheshire, ST7 3QP
Rode Hall has been home to the Wilbraham family since 1669. This beautiful Georgian country house, set in extensive gardens, has a fine collection of English porcelain and portraits.
This handsome home is really two houses in one. The smaller first house, now clad in wisteria, was built 1705-7, and the substantial porticoed building was added to it in the mid 18th century. The architecture remains essentially Georgian in flavour, as lack of funds in the 19th century prevented wholesale Victorianisation.
Rode Hall is home to an important collection of English and Chinese porcelain and pottery, amassed by successive generations of the Wilbraham family. Walter Crane often visited the house as a young man, and there are some examples of his ceramics. Other Rode collections include portraits (look out for the self-portrait by Reynolds), watercolours, and highly acclaimed furniture by Gillows of Lancaster.