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Melbourne Hall is a delightful house full of history.
Originally a rectory for the Norman Parish Church, it became the home of Sir John Coke in 1628 and has been inherited by subsequent members of the family to the present day and is now home to Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr and their young family.
Melbourne Hall as it stands today shows what Sir John' s descendants have made of it. The family surname has changed three times due to inheritance via the female line.
The Gardens were planned by Rt. Hon. Thomas Coke in the early part of the 18th century. The colourful and tranquil garden has been imaginatively updated with some new planting by Lady Ralph Kerr, and then also captured in oil on canvas and sketches in fine detail by Lady Ralph Kerr.
The gardens are designed with paths allowing easy access, and intersected by streams that flow through the grounds underneath miniature bridges and through the lush flower beds.
There are various statues along the walkways and also the Blakewell Birdcage, one of Rt. Hon. Thomas Coke's designs.
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