Visit to Holywell House and Estate

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2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Holywell Estate

Organisation Details

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Contact Name
Sue Chopping

Contact Telephone
01484 573056

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Contact Address
HAT Events, c/o 236 Hunts Pond Road, Fareham, PO14 4PG

Tickets Details

Cost – Members £ (inc VAT)
£15 pp

Cost – Non Members £ (inc VAT)
Members Only Event

Any Restrictions on Attendees (eg members only, accessibility etc)
Members Only Event

Visit to Holywell House and Estate

Holywell House and Estate at Swanmore is the home of the Earl and Countess of Clarendon who have kindly invited us for an afternoon visit to include a guided tour of their house and afternoon tea in their delightful garden, weather permitting, otherwise indoors.  The House and Estate are situated in the Meon Valley and centre around a Grade 2, 17th C. house within the 900 acre working estate. The house was originally a farm bought as one of his minor properties by Admiral Lord George Anson, (1697 – 1762 ) who by sailing around the world, writing a book about his experiences and becoming Admiral of the Fleet during the Seven Years War, made his fortune, and took as his title the manor of Soberton which is an adjacent village to Swanmore.  After his death it was sold to the Minchin family and was remodelled several times with the walled garden, barn and semi circular bowed windows on the south and east of the house dating from the 1790’s.  It changed hands again in 1917 and 1960 and then came by descent to the Earl of Clarendon.

Both the House and the grounds are regularly used for corporate events and weddings, but not usually open to the public.  We are to be given the privilege of a guided tour of the house  by the Earl and Countess and then be permitted to wander the beautiful gardens after  tea set up in the summer garden, with its purpose built outdoor kitchen and chalet and its spectacular views across the valley to the woods which originally formed part of the nearby Forest of Bere.

There is plenty of parking space available and we will initially gather in the summer garden at 2.00p.m. with the tours due to begin at 2.15p.m.  If, as we hope, many of you join us, then the groups will be divided and one will have the tour, tea and wander and the second will have the chance to wander the grounds, then tea and tour.

We look forward to seeing you!

The cost will be £15 pp, with no limit on numbers and we look forward to welcoming you to one of Hampshire’s hidden gems.

To reserve a place please fill in the form with your details and preferred method of payment and the Events committee will confirm your place by e-mail. (Closing application date is 30th April 2020)

Cancellations should be made to and no refunds can be made after the closing date.  With your place confirmation e-mail will be a mobile number which can be used if you have difficulties attending on the day.


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