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Probably the most important collection of buildings are those on the Peover Estate. The Hall is an Elizabethan house and a rare gem that boasts a fascinating history and is still used today as a family home. The hall’s rich history stems back to 1585 when it was built by Sir Randle Mainwaring. A new wing was added by the fourth baronet Sir Henry in the 1760s before the Peels bought the hall and estate in 1919, which was then acquired by the Brooks family some 20 years later.
During World War II the house was requisitioned as the HQ for General George Patton of the United States 3rd Army to train for the D-Day landings in 1944. It also housed a POW camp. The condition of the house had deteriorated badly – partly as a result of a fire started by a US soldier – the Brooks family undertook a major programme of restoration and have lived at the hall ever since.
The house boasts splendid oak panelling, a long gallery and has been furnished using contents with a historic connection to Peover and the Mainwarings. The beautiful gardens at Peover Hall have a classical feeling, containing a 500 year-old oak tree and an avenue of pleached lime trees.
Built in 1654 the Grade 1 listed Carolean stables are the finest of their kind and were a gift from Ellen Mainwaring to her son Thomas, who became baronet in 1660. Their horses were splendidly housed among carved Tuscan columns and arches, and an elegant strapwork plaster ceiling. The chapel in nearby St Lawrence’s Church has monuments to Ellen and her husband Philip Mainwaring.
Peover Hall, Gardens and Park are owned by Randle Brooks Ltd.
The Hall and gardens are open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May to the end of August annually. Guided Tours around the Hall begin at 2.30 pm or 3.30 pm if you wish to visit the Mainwaring Chapels in the parish church of St Lawrence first (approx 45 mins per tour). The gardens are open from 2pm – 4.30pm where visitors can wander around ‘garden rooms’ filled with clipped box, lily ponds, Romanesque loggia, warm brick walls, unusual doors, secret passageways, beautiful topiary work and formal, herb and walled gardens. Finish off your visit with a afternoon tea and refreshments at The Park House Tea Rooms which are open on tour days between 2pm and 5pm.
* Please note that Group tours can be arranged throughout the year by appointment only (minimum 10 people per tour).
Admission Fees for Peover Hall, Carolean Stables and Gardens are available upon request.
HHA Members can visit free of charge on proof of membership – so, don’t forget to bring your membership card!
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