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“Great find” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kiplin Hall

Kiplin Hall
Kiplin DL10 6AT, England
+44 1748 818178
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Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Kiplin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Award-winning Kiplin Hall is unassumingly tucked away between Richmond and Northallerton. This Jacobean Kiplin Hall has been owned and lived in by direct descendants of King John, Charles II and the Earls of Shrewsbury. This hidden gem was built in 1620 by a local gentleman, George Calvert, who was born in an earlier house that stood close by. Calvert rose to become Secretary of State to James I, the 1st Lord Baltimore in 1625, and founder of the colony of Maryland in America in 1632. Kiplin's families - the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters and Talbots - were all related by blood or marriage. As each new owner took up residence, changes were made to the house and possessions added which reflected their individual tastes and interests. A 'Gothic' wing was built in the 1820s, and redesigned in 1887 by the renowned architect, W.E. Nesfield. Agricultural innovations, archaeology, gardening, new inventions, painting, politics, sea-faring and the Arts and Crafts Movement were just some of the interests of different owners during 350 years of the Hall's history. These are reflected in the eclectic mix of furniture, paintings, portraits, scientific instruments and personalia that fill the house, which is now displayed as a comfortable Victorian home.
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“Great find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

The further north you get in Yorkshire the more difficult it becomes to find historic houses to visit and this is right on the border so a delightful gem in an excellent position for us anyway. Tea room with old masters on the wall. A great use for a 'great' hall. Free flow visiting, helpful and friendly room stewards. Developing gardens with large lake, folly and even an island all thanks we think to now extinct gravel works. Walled garden has great potential. All well maintained. A very enjoyable day.

Visited July 2014
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“Good day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I have lived nearby for many years but had never been. What a surprise. We had a great day out. The hall, grounds and gardens were very interesting.
As friends of the Historic Hosues Association it was free to us to visit. We did use the cafe and that was excellent. Real china and super food.

Visited June 2014
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“Quiet charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Visited last weekend finally after intending to take in some culture during our many weekends in North Yorkshire.
We paid about £20 for entrance including brochure, not unreasonable compared to some attractions and the brochure is a great help.
The house is attractive, not dauntingly big to get around, and has some interesting artifacts although the art work in my view was pretty ordinary with the exception of a very good pastel of a young boy and a couple of other oils.
The tea room is well proportioned and attractive although the tables are communal so it looks a bit like a college dining room.
Outside is where the Hall really scores as the grounds are very attractive and spacious. On a Sunday in June we didn't feel at all crowded and, has as been mentioned by other reviewers, the attendants are personable and knowledgeable.
There are several strategically placed benches around the lake giving attractive views towards the Hall and lots of bird life.
The overall impression was of a genteel and relaxed day out with nobody trying to sell to us - good for adults but probably not much to hold the attention of children.
We would love to go back again and take a picnic but being careful to leave room for a cream tea in the tearoom.

Visited June 2014
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“Peaceful and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We really enjoyed this day out and agreed it was one of favourites on the holiday.
Staff were very friendly and good sense of humour. The guides in the rooms were very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to.
So much history in the house - would recommend the guide book as nice to reflect back to as probably information overload when your there. The little walk around the lake was very scenic lots of wildlife to look out for.
Nice place to have afternoon tea and we really enjoyed the whole day.

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“What a delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

How unusual to visit a house and to be able to fully walk around the various rooms. Knowledgeable staff were so helpful and informative. This was a real treat and we spent much longer than we anticipated wandering around the house. So much so we ran out of time to try the tea room or visit the gardens, oh well there is always next year.

Visited June 2014
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