Just over five miles from Doncaster Station stands this grand nineteenth century country house amidst a collection of beautifully restored formal gardens. Narrating the story of the Thellusson family, who built and resided at the mansion for over 120 years, Brodsworth Hall offers a spectacular and educational day out for the whole family. Doncaster is just one of Hull Trains' many diverse destinations, so why not make a day of it or stop off on your way to the capital?
The hall and surrounding pleasure grounds were erected in the 1860s to serve as a new home for the wealthy Thelluson family and their servants. The fabulously decorated interiors reflect the building's use as an entertainment space, with heavily patterned soft furnishings, mahogany furniture and Italian marble statues. However, during the 1930s the owners were forced to close off rooms for storage; meanwhile, thanks to the lessening need and funds for servants, the once impressive Victorian kitchen became obsolete and was abandoned. Nevertheless, in 1990 English Heritage took on the property and were able to salvage many of the precious heirlooms and dÃ©cor that had become damaged from damp, light and insects.
Visitors can now see much of the house as it would have been during the Thellusson era, with the grand rooms, gardens and exquisite original furnishings that have been carefully restored. Explore the living quarters, spot family portraits dating back to the eighteenth century, and discover the magnificent cooking range and Aga kitchen. More intriguingly, the billiard room has been preserved as a gentlemen's retreat, equipped with mummified hooves of the Doncaster Cup winner from 1855! Guests can also catch a glimpse of what life would have been like during the tougher times, with artefacts such as the baby's cradle gas mask and a rare stuffed American passenger pigeon.
The exterior is definitely the gem of this household and has been successfully renovated to offer visitors the chance to experience romantic scenery and idyllic walks. Beautifully curated, the miniature gardens are filled with seasonal offerings and displays, all while statues stand tall and provide an echo of the past.
Take the weight off your feet at the tearoom and terrace, situated perfectly for those who desire views of the floral grounds. Choose from a wide assortment of high quality Yorkshire grub, or bring your own picnic and enjoy the outdoors. In good weather the terrace is a must-visit, where customers can sip their tea in true English style whilst overlooking the house and striking Victorian greens.
It is worth noting that conservational work is taking place at the hall until July 2017. Visitors can still enjoy access to the majority of the house, but some of it will be covered for much-needed repair. Nonetheless, Brodsworth-goers will be able to learn about the challenges we face when looking after the country's heritage at the Caring for Brodsworth exhibition. Simultaneously, children can follow the interactive trail to learn more about the restoration project.
English Heritage Members go free. Adult tickets are £10.40, whilst children from age 5-15 can enter for £6.20. Group and concession tickets can also be purchased, please visit the English Heritage website for more details.