This 17th century manor house in Derbyshire was the country retreat of the Lords Vernon. It is built in the Jacobean and Classical styles, with an intricately carved, two-storey entrance.
The interior of the building features fine examples of craftsmanship in its plasterwork, wood carvings by Grinley Gibbons, and murals based on classical tales which decorate the walls and ceilings. The Great Staircase with its detailed design and flourishes, is probably the most well known design feature. Plans to extensively modernise the house never came to light, so the house has retained its original character.
The Long Gallery is one of the many furnished rooms, and houses the family's collection of portraits. Several are of 17th century aristocrats and courtiers, and some are of Charles II's mistresses.
An additional attraction of the house, is the Museum of Childhood, located in the service wing. Themed rooms bring to life scenes of childhood from the 1700s onwards. There is a Victorian schoolroom, information about child chimney sweeps and a large doll and toy collection.
Sudbury Hall is surrounded by gardens designed by the influential landscape artist, 'Capability' Brown. Features include a lake and parkland. For young visitors there is an adventure playground.