Farnborough Hall

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Farnborough Hall

Farnborough Hall
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17th century honey coloured country house with heavy influence of Rococo plasterwork and Sanderson Miller landscapes. Built in the late 17th century by William Holbech, and still lived in and run by the Holbech family.
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83 reviews
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Mrsjones1000
Birmingham, MI3 contributions
Disappointment
Aug 2021
Firstly, the opening hours are very limited(only two afternoons a week April to September).
We visited on Saturday last week and couldn't gain any access to the house being told by a surly woman to come back in 2022 when the house will next open.

The grounds are lovely but access is very restricted with 'private' signs everywhere. No café, and insect infected toilets.

You get the impression that the resident family really don't want NT visitors
but are happy to get NT assistance in maintaining 'their' palace and gardens.
Written August 17, 2021
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Lily
29 contributions
Lovely welcoming atmosphere
Oct 2019
I felt as if I had visited the house before even though I hadn’t, there were only 4 rooms opened to the public we went upstairs to look at one painting and the plaster ceiling none of the upstairs rooms were opened I didn’t mind going upstairs but felt there should have been a sign at the bottom telling people there was nothing to see apart from one picture.
The rooms were nicely furnish and the staff knowledgeable, we had a walk round the grounds and enjoyed the views, hopefully in time more rooms will be opened.
Written October 9, 2019
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Amanda C
Birmingham, UK10 contributions
Family home
Sep 2019
A beautiful home still lived in by the family. Not your usual NT property, it has no cafe, book shop etc. However it is still worth a visit for the garden and the garden structures. The views from the garden are stunning. The house itself is lovely if small, but the venetian paintings are gorgeous as are the ceilings.
Written September 23, 2019
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Ian H
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom61 contributions
Early Autumn Visit
Sep 2019
Well worth visiting for the excellent plasterwork and lovely grounds and outlook. Very impressed with the NT volunteers who made us feel welcome. For future visitors come here first , about an hour then on to Upton House. Just enjoy!
Written September 18, 2019
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Amanda_Cookson
Rotherham, UK31 contributions
Not worth travelling 100 miles!
Aug 2019 • Couples
Travelled 100 miles to have access to 3 rooms and no photos allowed! Very disappointed, perhaps if the family don’t truly want visitors to see their home and its history, then perhaps close the doors.
Written August 24, 2019
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notinmybackyard
London38 contributions
Lovely staff but not much to see!
Jun 2019 • Friends
Visited here on a Saturday. Definitely one for National Trust members only as not worth the entry fee. Only 4 rooms open- entry hall, stairway, library, dining room. Disappointing- but I guess as people still live there they don’t want you in their home! No tearoom or shop. However, very friendly staff somewhat make up for the lack of things to see.
Written June 4, 2019
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Marie B
Towcester, UK33 contributions
Good for an afternoon visit
May 2019 • Couples
Farnborough Hall is a good place to visit for a couple of hours. The house is a family home and only has a few rooms open, but they are beautiful, especially the dome ceiling in the stairway. The grounds are well laid out with lovely views and several follies, the spring planting added splashes of colour. There is no cafe but there are toilets. The parking is on grass but disabled drivers can park near the house.
Written May 8, 2019
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Dianne J
Bewdley, UK529 contributions
A family home
Apr 2019 • Couples
As this beautiful house is lived in, it is only open to the public on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and only a few rooms are open then. However, it is a lovely house, and has a very intimate feel because it is lived in.

I found the room guides very informative, with a good knowledge of the history of the house.

Being disabled, we were able to park outside the house but not able to visit the mile longe terrace walk.
Written April 11, 2019
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sujerich
Banbury, UK5 contributions
Visited many times.
Sep 2018 • Friends
This is a truly beautiful NT house. The history is fascinating, and the gardens are delightful. A family house on a grand scale, clearly lived in and yet absolutely lovely.
Written February 22, 2019
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julie73344
midlands13 contributions
Dissapointing
Aug 2018
Dissapointing visit. Only a few rooms open. No guided tour so difficult to find out about its history. Felt like I was just handing money over to the family!
Written August 31, 2018
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Thank you for the feedback, but we are sorry to hear you were disappointed. There is lots of information displayed about the history of the house and the family, so if you do come again we would glad to show you this information and give you a tour. For reference, as it is a national trust property, all proceeds go to national trust.
Written September 1, 2018
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Farnborough Hall is open:
  • Wed - Wed 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM


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