Foxglove Row

Mompesson House, ‘The House in The Close’, is a perfect example of Queen Anne architecture and was built for Charles Mompesson in 1701. It is noted for its elegant and spacious interior, especially the magnificent plasterwork and fine oak staircase.

See the important Turnbull collection of 18th century drinking glasses, fine period furniture and charming walled garden with its garden tearoom. Mompesson House featured as Mrs Jennings’ London home in the award-winning film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.

This season we also have a contemporary sculpture exhibition in the house and garden ‘Material Connections across the Ages’. It looks at connections between contemporary sculpture and historic objects. There are pieces made from glass, paper, stone, textile and wood, among others.

A glimpse of two of the artworks can be seen in the first two photographs.  The final photograph is an artwork by Jane Hall and is entitled ‘Lady of the Woods’.

Flower Border

Artist's Corner

Lady of the Woods by Jane Hall

16 Comments CherryPie on Jul 25th 2014

16 Responses to “Mompesson House”

  1. Amfortas says:

    The general style reminds me of many happy years in Officers’ Messes in the RAF. Not the exact pattern of course but the ‘look’ and care. Pleasant and ‘English’. Just imagine ‘bigger’.

    • CherryPie says:

      I hadn’t thought about it before, but I see what you mean about the style. I have a photograph of me along with the the rest of my department standing outside the Officers Mess at Donnington. That was a very long time ago…

  2. rusty duck says:

    I wish I could get my flower borders as beautifully balanced and proportioned as that!

  3. Astrid says:

    I am always impressed by all the beautiful homes there are in the UK. Well kept famous gardens and the inside of the mansions are made like the people who live there just left the room….
    Great pictures again.

  4. ubermouth says:

    Its amazing that they had such craftsmanship way back then. I feel the same way when I see thatched roofs which is now a lost art.

    Loved the dress!

  5. Oh a couple of weeks ago, I visited Lullingstone Castle (but really it’s a manor house!) in Kent.
    Queen Anne was a regular visitor there too! ;)

  6. Mandy says:

    What a beautiful, understated house and that dress! It’s exquisite in so many ways. Did you say it is an artwork?

  7. Barbara says:

    Have visited here but not Wolfs Cove although I have been to Snowshill Manor. It looks interesting.

    • CherryPie says:

      You will have seen the pool in the garden. The re-introduction of Wolfs Cove is recent and ongoing. It is an interesting addition.

  8. J_on_tour says:

    It seems the thing nowadays for business to have an art or sculpture exhibition in a country house or garden. It gives an extra dimension to a day out no matter how pleasing or controversial it is.