Kedleston Hall, Derby, Derbyshire
Kedleston Hall is a National Trust property located just off the A52 near Derby in Derbyshire. Its quite annoying to get to though as most of the A52 is littered with speed cameras and up and down speed limits which makes it frustrating to drive to. Took me the best part of 90 minutes to get to from Macclesfield, but we did get stuck behind some right Dilberts out for a Sunday drive!
The hall was built for the Curzon family between 1759 to 1765 and is described as the most complete and least altered of the properties designed and built by Mr Robert Adam, Englands most prolific interior decorator of the 18th Century.
The first thing you will notice as you drive down the access road to the property is the scale and grandeur of the Hall and its surrounding lands and buildings. Even the bridge which leads down to the Hall is a work of art with a small waterfall cascading down underneath.
The hall and the other buildings of Kedleston are situated in an 820 acre park which is absolutely stunningly beautiful with lots of walks around the forests and gardens.
Onto the reason that most people will visit Kedleston, the main House.
If youre interested in interior design or architecture then from the moment you walk thought the door at Kedleston you´ll be picking your chin up off the floor, the place is truly amazing. The main entrance hall is a rather grand affair with marble floor and pillars, however this is not the most impressive room in the house.
As you walk round the property the staff we met where extremely friendly and helpful, whos knowledge of the property was excellent. They also took time to explain things in detail especially when I asked about the round doors just off the main dome room. The room is oval in shape and there is a door at one end which is shaped the same as the wall. Quite amazing really when you look at the door thickness and the curve of the wall, it must have taken an 18th Century carpenter a few weeks work to make these doors.
The most impressive room in Kedleston Hall is the Salon with its coffer dome, which on its own would be a beautiful piece of architecture, but the other items, pictures and furniture in this room make it truly a beautiful place to stand and wonder, the room is apparently modelled on the Pantheon in Rome! Even the furniture and paintings have been designed to fit perfectly against the walls in this circular room.
After the splendour of the first floor you decent down into the lower floor of the house where there is a large collection of items brought back from the travels of Lord Curzon. These where collected on several trips to the far east when he served as Viceroy of India. Im not into antique ivory statues, dinner services, pots and gongs, so I thought this was a little, yawn, boring!
At the end of the tour is the now customary National Trust shop, seen one you´ve seen them all!
The rear of the property is very ordinary, if you can call a house of this size ordinary, compared to the front. A stark contrast really, almost as though it got forgotten in the scheme of things.
Just away from the property is All Saints Church which is now home to the deceased Curzon family. If you interested in the history of the Curzon family this is worth a walk around as many of the dates of birth and death are recorded here, right back to the 11th century!
I found Kedleston Hall a superb place to visit and I will be going again. I forgot to check my camera to see if the memory card was inside, it wasnt! and had to rely on the camera in my mobile phone for pictures, so the ones on this page are rubbish.
If you want an exciting, refreshing day out, somewhere to go and look at a beautiful building or walk around an amazing country estate the Kedleston is the place to go.
A superb day out. Highly recommended.