Whitbourne Hall is a Grade II* listed country house in Whitbourne, nestled in the rolling English countryside between Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The house is set in 9 acres of gardens surrounded by beautiful countryside a stone’s throw from the beautiful Malvern Hills. It was built in the Palladian Style in 1862 and retains many of the original features, which make Whitbourne Hall simply breathtaking.
On arrival, your guests’ eyes will be drawn to the hand-painted, blue stained glass ceiling of the atrium and original sweeping Carrera marble staircase. The grounds, including the Italian Garden, Victorian Walled Garden and Greenhouses have been carefully restored by the current owners. The house and grounds of Whitbourne Hall are available to hire for wedding receptions, private visits and special events by appointment. We are sometimes open to the public in the Spring.
The History of Whitbourne Hall
The hall was designed by the well known architect E.W. Elmslie, who also designed the Great Malvern Railway Station.
The house was built for the owners of the Hill, Evans and Co Vinegar Works of Worcester, which was in the nineteenth century the largest vinegar producer in the world. Edward Bickerton Evans had Whitbourne Hall designed and built at the height of his financial success and he incorporated all the latest design features.
Whitbourne Hall has an impressive portico comprising six ionic columns. The entrance to Whitbourne Hall is said to be based on the Erectheum on the Acropolis in Greece.
As you enter the hall you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking atrium, blue stained glass, coffered ceiling of the foyer, possibly the largest in Europe. The imperial marble staircase was originally installed by a handful of craftsmen from Carrera in Italy.
An impressive Palm House was later added to the building, but the roof and glass were removed in the 1930’s and now only the semi-circular structure remains. But it provides a beautiful profile to the south terrace. The Italian garden, the south terrace, the kitchen garden and the rockery have been lovingly restored.
The drawing room is opulently decorated and adorned with two intricate oil paintings, created in 1866. The space is full of light. The imposing antique mirrors lift the sunlight which cascades in from the four, fourteen foot sash windows. The room is framed with intricate Adam style gilded plasterwork and finished with a large Venetian glass chandelier bought originally from Perry & Co in Bond Street.