A GRADE I LISTED COUNTRY HOUSE BUILT IN 1732
Kelmarsh Hall is a Grade I listed country house built in 1732. The Kelmarsh Estate is now in the care of a charitable trust, charged with maintaining it in perpetuity for the benefit of the nation. In 2004, Kelmarsh Events Limited was set up as a commercial arm of the business to support the Charitable Trust.
EXCLUSIVE WEDDINGS AT KELMARSH HALL
Kelmarsh Hall and gardens are a wonderful setting for a country wedding whatever the season. Of all the wedding venues in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, Kelmarsh Hall is one of the finest, it offers a romance and grace that will colour every aspect of your wedding day. The tranquil seclusion and exclusive use policy guarantees wedding parties the freedom to enjoy Kelmarsh Hall as if it was their own. Our experienced wedding team are here to support your plans and ensure your day runs smoothly.
ALL ABOUT KELMARSH HALL
Here is a little more about Kelmarsh Hall
Built for the Hanbury family in the 1730s by virtuoso architect, James Gibbs and builder, Francis Smith of Warwick, Kelmarsh Hall was praised by historian Nikolaus Pevsner as, “a perfect, extremely reticent design, done in an impeccable taste.”
One other arbiter of fashion to leave her mark on the Hall was society decorator Nancy Lancaster. Drawn by the house’s fine bone structure, her taste for combining comfort with formality set the trend for the Twentieth Century’s Country House look. Her spirit still pervades the house today in the delicate terracotta colouring of the Great Hall, the exuberant Chinese wallpaper and seasonal flower arrangements.
Within the 18th century setting, the gardens that visitors see at Kelmarsh Hall today are largely inspired by Nancy Lancaster. She extended her interior style of shabby chic charm into the gardens and drafted in the garden designer of her day, the talented Norah Lindsay, to help. Around the Hall the landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe laid out a formal terrace.
From the sophisticated pastels of the sunken garden through to the showier shades of the 60m long border, the garden leads you on a tour around the perimeter of a triangular walled garden. This secret heart is a relaxing space filled with traditional fruit and vegetables, cut flower beds and a restored vinery. The produce and cut flowers are sold in the Visitor Centre when available.
The Kelmarsh Hall Estate
A typical Midland agricultural landscape covering over 1,000ha (3,000 acres) made up of a mix of arable cropland with pasture, woodlands and parkland. Farm land is the largest land use type and is managed by tenant farmers.
An in-house team cares for the many small spinneys and coverts that dot the landscape, a reminder of the area’s foxhunting heritage. Good management of the woodland has gained its timber products a FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) accreditation.
Much of the parkland lies above a deserted medieval village and as such is a Scheduled ancient monument. It is grazed by a herd of British White cattle, descendents of the herd established by the Lancaster family in 1903.