Orchardleigh House was built in 1856 by the Duckworth family. Orchardleigh House is a magnificent 42 bedroomed Stately home set within 550 acres of unspoiled parkland.
On the ground floor, the ballroom and blue room still contain original features such as crystal wall candle sconces and ornate ceiling work. The dining room is a step back in time with the house’s original wallpaper, wooden flooring and a wall map of the original boundaries of the Orchardleigh Estate. The vestibule (main hall), has been lovingly and sympathetically restored to its former glory and is dominated by the stunning ceiling and original stained glass windows and cunningly hidden pews. Also on the ground floor is the original Victorian kitchen, with the old table still taking pride of place. The original ovens and Belfast sinks transfer you back to a bygone age.
The main house contains feature bedrooms dressed in Victorian style and the east wing, which was originally servants quarters, still contains all of it’s features including the service bells which, with the original engraved plaque; are still in working condition today.
Also included in the grounds is the Victorian stable block. Garden House is the original red brick farmhouse, outside largely untouched and inside modernised without loosing it’s original features and with the walled garden to explore is a real experience. St Mary’s church is perched on an island within the 35 acre fishing lake and was made famous by Henry Newbolt’s poem, The Tale of Fidele and the BBC programme “a passion for churches”.
Also within the extensive grounds are the Gloucester Lodge Gates. Perched either side of the ancient wooden gates, these imposing lodges are referred to more as a medieval castle!!
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