Designed by Chevalier Casentini in the 1860s, Brodsworth House is a fine example of Italianate design and architecture. It was owned by the wealthy Thellussen family, but over the years the upkeep of the property became too expensive and it is now looked after by English Heritage.
With the aim of impressing visitors, the Entrance Hall features red, gold and marble walls, and a sweeping staircase. A corridor of white, marble statues run from the entrance the the South Hall.
The rooms are lavishly decorated, and visitors can see chandeliers, columns and gilding throughout the house. The art collection is displayed in the Dining Room, and original painted wallpaper is still hanging in the Library and Morning Room.
Life 'below stairs' is also depicted at Brodsworth House, with the kitchen complete with its range and utensils. Due to high running costs the House's inhabitants had to 'make do and mend' so no major refurbishments or decorating has been undertaken. The rooms have been left basically intact, as they were when they were last used decades ago. Original furnishings, belongings and even utensils, are all intact.
Prams are not allowed on the fragile flooring of the house, but padded pushchairs or baby-carriers will be provided. A lift provides easy access for prams and wheelchairs to the first floor. The gardens are mostly accessible for wheelchair users.
On site there is a tea room serving light meals and snacks, a gift shop, toilets, disabled toilets and a baby change area. Guided tours are available by booking in advance. They can be tailored to the needs and ages of your party.
Brodsworth Hall can be reached by road, rail or bus. For up to date routes and timetable information it is advisable to contact the house before visiting.