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This is a family home and there are no ropes or other barriers to be seen; Sir Charles, assisted by a friendly team of guides, enjoys taking people round his home in small groups so that everyone can see everything at close quarters and ask plenty of questions.
The house dates from 1690 but was extensively remodelled between 1795 and 1800 by the architect Thomas Leverton. It was redecorated internally in 1860 and again in 1910. Sir Charles and Lady Legard faced a major task, therefore, in the mid 1990s as the house had to be re-roofed, re-wired and re-plumbed followed by almost complete redecoration.
Paint scrapes were carried out and as much of the old decorative work as possible was retained. The three years’ dedicated effort was rewarded by being voted Country Life “House of the Year” in 2000.
Scampston is home to a superb collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture. The pictures include works by Thomas Gainsborough, Samuel Scott, Richard Wilson and others.
Scampston Hall & Walled Gardens
North Yorkshire YO17 8NG
+44 (0) 1944 759111
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