Burton Agnes Hall is a house of immense charm and character. It has many unusual features and is fortunate in suffering so little from alterations or additions in its history. The family stress that it is a ‘lived-in’ home and this welcome quality is perhaps its most appealing asset. Since the Norman Manor House was built by Roger de Stuteville in 1173 the property has never changed hands by sale, though it has passed from family to family on occasions when the male line has ended.
The beautiful proportions of the Hall and its adherence to the principles of Tudor Renaissance architecture (Commoditie, Firmness and Delight) confirm that a professional hand drew up the designs. The architect was in fact Robert Smithson – Master Mason to Queen Elizabeth I and builder of such other famous houses as Longleat, Wollaton and Hardwick. It is the only Smithson house where the plan still exists, in the RIBA collection. In his definitive book on the Smithsons, Mark Girouard called Burton Agnes a ‘spendid and glittering composition’.
The beautiful, award winning gardens of Burton Agnes Hall offer something for everyone, from the walled garden containing over four thousand different plant species, herbaceous borders, a jungle garden and national collection of campanulas, to the woodland walk with creepy crawlies to spot, as well as the maze and giant games for children and adults alike.
Artist in Residence 2018
Through out the year a range of talented artists are in residence at Burton Agnes Hall and visitors are invited to view their artwork in the Summer House and in the Hall.
The Hall and gardens offer a beautiful and serene setting for artists to gain inspiration and focus for their work and it provides the perfect opportunity to exhibit work to visitors.
Artists are invited to either stay in residence at the hall, in accommodation above the historic courtyard, or are invited to travel in daily and exhibit their artwork in the beautiful surroundings of the hall and gardens.
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|Month||1st-10th||1st-10th||11th-20th||11th-20th||21st-end month||21st-end month|
|April||Lynne Porter & Diane Leach||Ellen Paige||Joan Currie||Gay Messender||Angela Dempsey||Karen Haist|
|May||Janet Basten||Janet Basten||Sue Spivey||Diane Rotherforth||Shirley Ann Doyle||Lizzie Medley|
|June||Ann Davies||Jan Haskins||Iain Will||Sharon Winter||Katy West||Frances Kelly|
|July||Mark John Rodgers||Joan Hudson||Angela Bell||Louise Coupar||Kat Wood||Jan Taylor|
|August||Denise Hayhurst||Penny McClean||Terry Melin||Lynda Melin||Sue Kershaw|
We are easily found on the A614 York to Bridlington road, midway between Driffield and Bridlington. Please follow brown signs to the Hall to reach the new car park, which is only a two minute walk to the Hall. Car parking is free of charge.
Postcode for sat nav to reach our car park: YO25 4NE