Wentworth Woodhouse lets the public in on its secrets

Clifford Newbold, owner of Wentworth Woodhouse, with a print of the Whistle Jacket painting.

Clifford Newbold, owner of Wentworth Woodhouse, with a print of the Whistle Jacket painting.

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Wentworth Woodhouse is as impressive as it is mysterious, but after 25 years of private ownership, its secrets are being revealed in a new set of public tours.

The tours mark a new chapter in the stately home’s history, offering people the chance to see the state rooms and gardens of the house.

One of the largest and most expensive ever built, the current house was built by The First Marquis of Rockingham, but incorporates a much older building within its design, dating back to 1630.

Those wishing to peek behind the exterior of this national treasure sited to the west of Mexborough can take one of three tours, in which you can expect to see the marble saloon, yellow bedroom, Chinese dressing room and Chinese bedroom, as well as acres of never before seen garden. Owner, Clifford Newbold, said: “We are enthused by the positive response of the general public and visitors to the recent house tours, and excited by what the future will hold.”

Few people have ever witnessed the palatial grandeur of the Woodhouse, which only began opening its doors to the public in September 2012.

Alterations to the interior have been made over the years by wives and heirs of the Fitzwilliam family, whose power and riches once upon a time rivalled royalty. A political power house of its time, the country home was built by top architects of the day in two differing styles - Palladian and Baroque. The East Front of the Woodhouse, built in the Palladian style, is the largest facade of any country house in Britain. Tours start at £10 for a one hour experience and range up to £25 for an extensive two hour tour. To book, call 01226 351161, or visit Wentworth Woodhouse