Arley Hall is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. The elaborate ceilings & oak panelling, impressive fireplaces, intricate stained glass and beautiful contents are features which make Arley Hall so special. Visitors are enthralled by entering a piece of living history. It gives an intimate insight into life in the Hall and the history of a family that has cherished Arley as their home for over 500 years.
The present Hall stands on the same site as the first Hall built by the family 1469. The Hall standing was built between 1832 and 1845 by Rowland Egerton-Warburon to the design of George Latham, a Nantwich architect. It is situated at the very heart of the Estate. It overlooks the famous Gardens and beautifully landscaped Park. The stonework of the house is Hollington stone.
In the Dining Room the doorways and panelling were designed by Latham as were the fine ceilings which were executed by J Hughes of Manchester in 1842. The dining room table was originally made for the great dining hall which was demolished in 1968. With its extra leaves it seats 24 people in great comfort.
Arley Hall – The Library
In the Library the bookcases and chimney piece were all made in London by H Wood & Company of Covent Garden in 1843 at a cost of £520.
Arley Hall – The Gallery
The Gallery was the principal sitting room of a house in the nineteenth century. In this room is one of a number of longcase clocks.
Arley Hall – The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room is devoted to the memory of Rowland, whose portrait hangs over the fireplace and to that of his wife, Mary Brooke.
Arley Hall – The Small Dining Room
The Small Dining Room has a barrel-shaped ceiling and is one of the architect’s happiest designs. It combines successfully the warm panelling and the cleverly contrived door to the garden. The virginal by Stephen Keene, 1675 is one of the oldest surviving English keyboard instruments.
Please note that, as a stately home, we do not have a lift to the upstairs rooms. However, there is a book of images showing how each room is decorated located at the bottom of the Grand Staircase.
Arley Hall – The Grand Staircase
The Grand Staircase is probably Latham’s masterpiece. The fine oak staircase and doorways with the elaborate strapwork and panelled pasterwork are a marvellous evocation of the grandest Elizabethan staircases.
Arley Hall – The South Bay Bedroom
The South Bay Bedroom was originally the principal bedroom, a collection of watercolours by Elizabeth Ashbrook is on display.
Arley Hall – The Emperor’s Room
The Emporer’s Room is so called because it was the bedroom of Napoleon III in the winter of 1847-48.
Lord Ashbrook, the great great grandson of Rowland Egerton-Warburton, who built the present Arley Hall, grew up in the Hall as a child and spent some time as a young man living there.
The Arley Hall Archives
The Arley Hall Archives illuminates life and work in a country house in Cheshire in the period 1750–1790, it make available some of the extraordinarily detailed accounts and documents that survive at Arley. Click here to visit the archive website
Arley Hall – Historic Houses
Arley Hall is a member of Historic Houses Click here for further details.