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Be charmed by the elegance of Ragley Hall

View of Ragley Hall
A cheeky monkey in the south staircase hall
Who would have thought that Warwickshire has its very own mini-Versailles? Feel like Louis XVI himself and take a virtual stroll around Ragley Hall.

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Now you can feel like Louis XVI himself and take a virtual stroll around Ragley Hall - Warwickshire's very own mini-Versailles.

For a tour of this fine Palladian mansion set in 400 acres of extensively landscaped parkland, woodland and gardens, click on the images on the right hand side of this page.

Impressive baroque decoration
 View of Ragley Hall
The 17th century facade
The 17th Century house is home to the Hertford family.

It has up to 115 rooms (the numbers vary between 80 and 115, probably because there are a few hidden rooms - look closely at the bookshelves), and around a dozen are open to the public.

All rooms impress with their baroque decoration and historic items collected throughout the centuries, such as the family’s coronation robe worn at the coronation of King George III in 1760.

A modern trompe d'oeil mural
Among the most magnificent rooms are the 40 feet high great entrance hall, the beautiful green drawing room and the sumptuous red saloon with scarlet damast covering the walls and the Louis XVI furniture.

The Prince Regent bedroom was named after its most famous guest who frequented Ragley Hall for a very special reason (nudge, nudge, wink wink).

 View of Ragley Hall
The Prince Regent bedroom
The south staircase hall features a modern trompe d’oeil mural with the Temptation motif - including 29 pets, friends and family members.

It was completed after 14 years in 1983 by painter Graham Rust who is also the cover illustrator of Burnett‘s famous book The Secret Garden.

Built in 1680
The house was built in 1680 but it was not fully furnished and decorated until the middle of the 18th Century.
 View of Ragley Hall
The beautiful green drawing room
It was used as a hospital throughout the war until its restoration began in 1956.

Two years later the Warwickshire home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford was opened to the public.

For the first time, you can now enjoy an insight without even leaving your computer, too!

Follow the links on the left for further images and visitor information and click on the pictures above for a virtual tour.

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