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Wimpole Folly

Stately Homes

Anglesey Abbey Gardens and Lode Mill, The National Trust

Uncover the personality behind this luxurious home and immerse yourself in country living where you will be amazed by rare and fabulous objects, from fine furnishings, books, paintings, silver and rare clocks. Venture outside to explore 114 acres of vibrant colour, delicious scent and the simple pleasures of nature all year round.


Wimpole Estate, The National Trust

The mansion, at the heart of this estate, is evidence of Elsie Bambridge's success in creating a home.

Intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including Soane's breathtaking Yellow Drawing Room and wonderful plunge bath. The fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs.

Stroll around the colourful parterre garden and wander through the Pleasure Grounds to the walled garden, abundant with fruit, vegetables and herbaceous borders.

Home Farm contrasts the traditional farmyard with the noisy modern piggery and cattle sheds.

Stride out across the landscape park, among the rare-breed cattle, and imagine the previous owners planning their visions of grand avenues and spectacular vistas.


Island Hall

Island Hall is an elegant riverside mansion built in the late 1740s. It is built of red brick with stone dressings to windows and doors, to a neat, classical design, the central three-storey portion standing under a classical triangular pediment.

The gardens are enclosed with 18th century brick walls and mature trees, and are connected by a Chinese-style bridge to the island in the River Great Ouse from which the house takes its name.

Island Hall is in Post Street, in the centre of the town, set on the banks of the river Great Ouse, overlooking the ornamental island from which it takes its name. Beyond is Portholme, reputedly the largest water meadow in Britain and an area of outstanding natural beauty, which is also of special interest. 

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