The Merchant's House

The Merchant's House, Marlborough: Hours, Address, The Merchant's House Reviews: 4.5/5

The Merchant's House
4.5
Architectural Buildings • History Museums
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Built during the Commonwealth period, 1653 - 1656, The Merchant's House is a rare example of a middle class silk merchant's house, containing nationally acclaimed wall paintings and decorative features. The house, and its wonderful rooms, are available to tour. Visit the main panelled chamber with a limestone carved fireplace and oak overmantle and the dining room, built around 1670. There are also bedrooms, a suite of servants rooms, a study and kitchen; some of which are furnished according to a probate inventory of 1691. An outstanding destination for anyone interested in historic buildings and the craftsmanship needed to create and restore them. We also have a garden, which has been carefully recreated in the spirit of a 17th-century town house garden, and is available to tour. There is also a lovely gift shop where you can purchase a wide range of quality gifts.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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SmileyDes
London, United Kingdom96 contributions
Comfortable accommodation, delicious breakfast
Sep 2020
Stayed in September 2020, a helpful receptionist brought me through 'maxes of corridors and stairs' to my bedroom. Clean and comfort enabling a good night's sleep.

A little hassle the next morning, coming down for breakfast to be served, in the first instance, they had to close in-house restaurant due to preparations for the wedding reception, I pointed out to them to have not been pre-notified regarding this arrangement. They accepted their mistake and agreed to serve me a lovely delicious breakfast.

Will definitely come back! Strongly recommended.
Written May 2, 2021
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Mr_Hatcher51
Saltash, UK3 contributions
Very Interesting! Cannot reccomend enough!
Oct 2020
Fascinating tour of The Merchants House. We had a very knowlegable guide and appreciated the explanations and descriptions of each room and it's contents. We also bumped in to the Trust Manager who gave us a additional run down of the House history and it's interesting evolution through the ages.
We highly reccomend this attraction and would visit again.
Thank you very much to all staff and Manager at The Merchants House!
Written October 8, 2020
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Thank you so much for your glowing review. So glad you enjoyed. Please do tell all your friends to come and see us when we reopen in March! I know its a bit early but happy Christmas (!!) and stay safe Katie Fairfax-Ross Trust Manager
Written October 26, 2020
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mariv6261
Aylesbury, UK42 contributions
Well worth the visit
Sep 2020
Very interesting - Gordon who did our guided tour was very knowledgeable and gave us a fascinating insight into the history of this house and a additional local knowledge on how it fitted into local history - well worth the trip.
Written September 29, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and will pass on to Gordon. Take care and stay well. Kind regards - Katie Fairfax-Ross - Trust Manager
Written October 26, 2020
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Andrewsmyname
Oxfordshire, UK6 contributions
Lucky to get a guided tour!
Mar 2020
First, a word of warning ... looking online showed the Merchants House to be open the day we went, but that only applied to its shop. The house itself turned out not to be open for visits until "mid-March".
That said, the lady in the shop saw our disappointment ( we had come 50 miles to see it) and arranged for the trust manager to show us round. We were so lucky she happened to be there!
The house was fascinating and our guided tour gave us a real insight into the construction of the house, the wonderful wall-paintings and the interesting artifacts from the period.
Written March 4, 2020
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Hello. Thank you so much for the review - much appreciated. We have been battling with google to get it changed and no winning! We will keep trying. Do tell all your friends to come see us (and me!) and take care in this odd times. Kindest regards Katie Fairfax-Ross Trust Manager
Written October 26, 2020
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murrayld
Esher, UK188 contributions
Fascinating
Feb 2020 • Family
Had a great tour with the family - grandparents and 2 small kids (4&7).
The guide was really very good in keeping the kids focused and also showing their enthusiasm for the house.
Very educational showing the kids what life would have been like. It was good that nothing was off limits and the kids were allowed to touch items and search around the rooms.
Very enjoyable.
Written February 24, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review. So glad the kids enjoyed .... you did have one of the best guides for the children as she is in charge of our educational outreach arm. Do tell all your friends and so glad you enjoyed. Kindest regards Katie Trust Manager.
Written February 25, 2020
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Bored at home now
Hazlemere, UK9 contributions
wow....just wow!!
Feb 2020
If you want to experience time travel - then visit here. Truly a glimpse of old England....you will be amazed!
Written February 4, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review ... so glad you enjoyed. Do tell all your friends! Many thanks Katie
Written February 6, 2020
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Ali C
3 contributions
Excellent Tour
Apr 2019
My Husband and I were the only two on the tour. The guides' knowledge was excellent and so we learnt a lot. The house is unique and very quirky, well worth a visit. We used out Historic House membership to gain free entry.
Written December 8, 2019
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Always so lovely to get feedback. Hope you have a very happy Christmas and do tell all your friends about us please! Katie - Trust Manager
Written December 9, 2019
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Squidney0
Crowthorne, UK19 contributions
Another good review for the shop
Dec 2019 • Couples
My wife and I were delighted to come across the Merchant House Shop. We discovered some unique finds and Jessica went beyond the ‘call of duty’ with her assistance to our particular need.
We are very much enjoying our beautiful Christmas Sleigh taking pride of place in our window- we will return for future visits.
Written December 7, 2019
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Hello. Thank you so much for your lovely review on the Shop and thank you also for taking the time to post here. So glad your loving your purchases. Do come and see us again soon and Jessica also says Thank you ! Have a very Happy Christmas - Katie Trust Manager
Written December 9, 2019
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Angela N
Marlborough, UK63 contributions
Beautifully Christmasy
Nov 2019 • Couples
All year round this shop is a great place to find a gift but it comes into its own during the festive period as the upper room is transformed very cleverly into a Xmas shop. Really helpful staff and volunteers make you feel very welcome.
Written November 24, 2019
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Thank you so much for your review. Lovely to get one on the shop! Please do tell all your friends and come back and see us soon .... I would say happy Christmas ... but its November!!!!! Katie- Trust Manager and possibly Bar humbug!
Written November 26, 2019
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Dolemite600
Leamington Spa, UK427 contributions
Fascinating view of life in yesteryear.
Sep 2019
You could only appear to go in on a guided tour. However this was better in that the guide brought it to life. Do not know where the two hours went!
Written November 7, 2019
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