Holdenby House as you see it today is based around the remaining Kitchen wing of the old Palace. In the 1870s it was restored and added to by the present owner's great-great-grandmother, Lady Clifden, with the Victorian architect Richard Carpenter. It is approximately 1/8th the size of the original palace.

Entrance Hall

Holdenby House Entrance Hall

Lady Clifden's architect, Carpenter, added this hall to the Tudor wing in the 1880s. Beautiful still lifes, possibly by Abraham Brueghel, hang either side of the door. Holdenby has a number of fine paintings including several notable sporting scenes.


Holdenby House Ballroom

This beautiful room was redecorated in 1984, when the original silk wall covering was replaced. It contains many portraits of the Lowther family, including one of Wicked Jim Lowther, the 1st Earl of Lonsdale.

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Dining Room

Holdenby House Dining Room

The silk wall coverings have recently been entirely replaced. The room holds a delightful portrait of King Charles I and his son, the future King James II. Like most of the rooms it also contains lovely pieces of furniture, including 18th century terrestial and celestial globes.

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Holdenby House Library

This room survives from the original Elizabethan palace and its exquisite firescreen was once part of the Elizabethan screen separating the Great Hall from the Chapel. Books date from the 16th century.

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Piano Room

Holdenby House Piano Room

This was the Billiard Room of the Victorian house and is decorated with a French handblocked wallpaper of 1912. The room now houses a collection of early and unusual pianos from the British Musical Museum and a collection of musical instruments from around the world assembled by the present owner.


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