After our visit to the Wimpole Estate we stayed overnight at an Airbnb so we could explore more of the area. The next day we rode over to Elton Hall, near Peterborough, to visit on one of their rare opening days.
Elton Hall has been home to the Proby family since 1660. Sir Peter Proby, an MP and Mayor of London, was granted leases of land at Elton by Elizabeth I for his ‘faithful and acceptable service’. His grandson, Sir Thomas Proby, was the first member of the family to live at Elton Hall.
Depending on the day of your visit, entry to the house will either be by guided tour or free flowing with room attendants. Sadly, they don’t let you take photos inside the house.
The rooms inside the house were lovely although we seemed to make our way through the rooms quite quickly. Looking at the size of the house from the outside, I thought there would be more to see. If you visit on a day when guided tours are running, these last about an hour.
After finishing inside the house we followed the paths to explore the gardens. By the 1980s a large proportion of the garden had fallen into disrepair. A lot of restoration work has been done to the gardens over the last 35 years. What you see now is based on a design made in 1911 by A.H. Hallam Murray, father-in-law to Sir Richard Proby.
- Elton Hall is open from 2pm – 5pm during the last May bank holiday (Sunday and Monday), Wednesdays and Thursdays in June and July, and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in August, as well as the August Bank Holiday Monday.
- Entry to the hall and gardens is £10, garden only is £7.50. Historic Houses Association members can visit for free.
- Payment to visit Elton Hall is by cash or cheque only. Credit cards are not accepted.
- Parking is very limited so I recommend getting there early to grab a spot.
- Picnics are not permitted at Elton Hall but there’s a pub down the road called The Black Horse where you could go for a meal either before or after your visit.