The 20th century Thornham Hall reflects its Tudor, Georgian and Victorian predecessors, with its open fires, spacious rooms and fine porcelain and portraits. The surrounding stables, by Lamb and the statuesque water tower add to the atmosphere. Thornham Hall is set in magnificent parkland and formal gardens at the heart of the Thornham Estate where Lesley's late philanthropic father-in-law, Lord Henniker, opened a field centre with over 10 miles of walks and rides.
Having lived abroad most of her unconventional life, Lesley has filled the Hall with many exotic trinkets and pictures.
Thornham Hall has always been famous for house parties, ever since the Prince Regent and Lily Langtree stayed here in the last century. Lesley is happy to continue the tradition and now welcomes guests to come with their friends and take full advantage of the delights Thornham Hall has to offer. Weekend house parties are a speciality and Lesley will happily provide a sumptious dinner for the party. Lesley loves English country food and creates delicious traditional dishes with modern flair and a bit of a twist. Lesley's fine country house cooking is often influenced by foreign flavours, and her seasonal game dishes have become renown.
BREAKFASTS AT THORNHAM HALL
Thornham Hall breakfasts are a real treat. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or a full English breakfast are always offered. Smoked haddock with poached eggs or a mushroom omlette are also often on the menu. Fresh fruit, yogurt, three choices of fruit juice and a variety of cereals are set out to tempt the guests. Toast and home made marmalade and jams are also set out on the sideboard.
The bedrooms are are delightful, individual and comfortable. They are all ensuite.
The Blue Room has a four poster bath and wonderful views across the fountain to the main park.
The Lake Room has views across the main park and the lake.
The Cedar Suite has a four poster bed and views of a magnificent cedar as well as the main park.
Lesley has decorated the Dining Room in the pink & green style of Adams. Impressive Henniker portraits surround the diners.
The spacious Drawing Room spans the width of the house & opens onto an elegant staircase, rescued from a bygone age. The French windows line all the main reception rooms and offer superb views across the formal croquet lawn to the the ha-ha and park.