History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Gibb worked closely with Francis Smith of Warwick (see Sutton Scarsdale Hall and Gainsborough All Saints church) to create the result you see today; a lovely house composed of a large central block and two wings. The house is set in a mix of parkland and formal gardens on the border between Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.
The estate passed through several hands before it was acquired by the Lancaster family in 1902. It is to Nancy Lancaster, niece of Nancy Astor, that Kelmarsh owes much of its interior design.
Lancaster was a partner in the Colefax and Fowler decorating business and was responsible for popularizing the style we might now call the English country house look. She used her expertise to create an interior design based on 'shabby chic', a sort of informal pastiche of period and modern furnishings.
In recent years Kelmarsh has become known as the site for English Heritage's annual summer Festival of History event, hosting displays of historical re-enactments, jousting, historic costumes, and educational displays aimed at getting young and old visitors interested in Britain's past.
The gardens are a mostly modern design, influenced again by Nancy Lancaster, ably aided by famed gardener Norah Lindsay and noted landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe.
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About Kelmarsh Hall
Address: Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire, England, NN6 9LT
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: Between Market Harborough and Northampton, off the A508. Discounted entry for English Heritage members.
Website: Kelmarsh Hall
Historic Houses Association
Kelmarsh Hall Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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