Lady of the house to lead tours of ancestral home

Renishaw Hall and owner Alexandra Sitwell
Renishaw Hall and owner Alexandra Sitwell

Visitors to a country house near Sheffield are invited to enjoy a guided tour – led by the lady of the house.

Alexandra Sitwell is to personally conduct two public tours of her ancestral house, Renishaw Hall.

Alexandra, who inherited the hall and estate from her father, the late Sir Reresby Sitwell, in 2009, said: “Taking a tour will allow me to offer an insight in to my thoughts on this historic house and my experiences of growing up here at Renishaw Hall.

“It’s a great way to start the 2014 open season and I hope people will come to Renishaw throughout the year to visit my home and the gardens and see all there is to offer.

“Whether you are a first time or seasoned visitor, Renishaw Hall is a truly beautiful place to visit.

“Renishaw has been in my family for nearly 400 years and generations of Sitwells have made their mark on the architecture, gardens and wider estate which comprise Renishaw and so much of what you see on a visit.”

Alexandra will lead two tours of the north Derbyshire hall, near Eckington, on Friday, April 4, at 11am and 1pm.

Places must be booked in advance by calling 01246 432310 or, alternatively, emailing enquiries@renishaw-hall.co.uk

The tours are part of the hall and garden’s 2014 open season, which starts on Saturday, March 29.

The gardens are open from Wednesday to Sundays, plus bank holidays, from 10.30am till 4.30pm, while the hall can only be visited as part of a guided tour.

Hour-long guided tours take place every Friday at 1pm and 2.30pm, with extra tours at the same times every Saturday and Sunday in August. The season ends on Sunday, September 28.

Hall dates back nearly 400 years

Renishaw Hall was built in 1625 by ironmaster George Sitwell who, in 1653, was appointed High Sheriff of Derbyshire.

The estate is famous for its Italianate garden, which was laid out in 1895 by Sir George Sitwell in the classical style.

It was Sir George, great grandfather of current owner Alexandra Sitwell, who later inspired the Renishaw Estate to open to the public.