The National Trust Places to Visit that Represent Little Greene’s Wallpaper Collection

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Following on from the previous post of ‘National Trust Papers II’ by Little Greene, we take you on a story through the different places where the delightful patterns have come from, and what you can expect when you visit one of these spectacular places.

Little Greene’s Managing Director is thrilled about the relationship between Little Greene and the National Trust. “They have a real synergy: conversation, restoration and reinvention are at the heart of both organisations. The National Trust preserves centuries of heritage for the benefit of future generations, a sentiment echoed by Little Greene’s approach to the rediscovery and use of historical colour and pattern in the 21st Century.”

Gunby Hall

Gunby Hall is a homely country house that dates back to the 1700s, set in Victorian walled gardens at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds. When visiting Gunby Hall and Gardens most people say ‘I could live here!’. The rooms are full of character and charm making it easy to imagine yourself moving in.

There is a lot to discover when visiting this family home of the Massingberd family. Eight-acre gardens that you can stroll through, enjoying the different areas: sweeping formal lawns, flower borders, vegetable gardens and wildflower corners. You can even stay within the grounds at the Old Rectory, Whitegates Cottage or Orchard Cottage and get married at the romantic venue.

Just like a pretty doll’s house, Gunby Hall looks like a townhouse in the style of Christopher Wren stranded in the middle of the Lincolnshire countryside.


Bateman’s is a 17th-century house set in the stunning landscape of the Sussex Weald. It was bought by Rudyard Kipling and his wife, who fell in love with the house at first sight and made it their family home. The garden is a feast for the eyes in any season; from spring blossom to summer roses, autumn apples to winter trees.

There are 6 gardens to explore within 12-acres that have many stories to tell. The whole estate consists of 300 acres of beautiful High Weald Countryside. A landscape that is full of small fields, hedgerows, old trees, abandoned iron ore pits, hidden ponds and magical deserted trackways. The River Dudwell runs through the valley with endless magnificent views, making the Bateman’s estate the perfect place for a walk, throughout the year.

Erddig, Wrexham

Erddig tells a 250-year story of a gentry family’s relationship with its servants. It sits on a dramatic escarpment above the winding Clywedog river and has an 18th-century garden, with trained fruit trees, exuberant annual herbaceous borders, avenues of pleached limes, formal hedges and a nationally important collection of ivies.

The 1,200-acre landscape pleasure park, designed by William Emes, is a haven of peace and natural beauty, perfect for riverside picnics. Discover the bailey castle and walk through the estate making new memories with your family.

Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall was the home to the Bedingfeld family for 500 years. It reveals one family’s unshakable Catholic faith and story of endurance. Discover the fascinating history of the Bedingfelds and what the contents of this home reveal about the collecting habits of a single family from Tudor times to the present day.

Wander around the gardens of this historic Norfolk building, see what’s growing in the kitchen garden and admire the French-inspired Parterre. Take the woodland walk and explore the wider park, there are some great views to enjoy, and stay in the Chapel Lodge for a perfect romantic getaway.

Knightshayes Court

Knightshayes is a grand Gothic Revival architecture by Victorian visionary William Burges and is the complete country gentleman’s dream. The house is from the 18th century where you can step back in time exploring the ‘medieval’ hall, complete with minstrels’ gallery. 250 acres surround the manor house with parkland and woodland where the whole family can explore and there are plenty of hidden corners to discover.

The house is a rare example of William’s work, whose lavish designs have always inspired extremes of opinion. There are 1200 plant species found on the grounds of Knightshayes and is always worth a visit.

Montacute House

Montacute House is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design, with towering walls of glass, glowing ham stone and a surrounding garden, it is a place of beauty and wonder.

Sir Edward Phelips was the visionary force and money behind the creation of this beautiful masterpiece, which was completed in 1601. Built by skilled craftsman using local ham stone under the instruction of William Arnold, master mason, the house was a statement of wealth, ambition and showmanship.

A beautiful garden surrounds the house, constantly changing throughout the seasons. You will leave lasting memories and a desire to soon return.

The Argory

Built in the 1820s for the MacGeough Bond family, The Argory was designed by Arthur and John Williamson of Dublin around 1819. Created with Caledon stone with Navan limestone foundations and window sills, the interior of this understated and intimate house remains unchanged since 1900.

When you step outside there is so much to explore. The grounds offer sweeping vistas and scenic walks including a rose garden with a striking sundial. Explore the adventure playground with the children before relaxing in The Courtyard Cafe with a tasty treat.

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