Guided Tour of Southill House
Date Added: 26/02/2015
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
Sandy Tourist Information Centre has arranged a very rare opportunity to undertake a guided tour of the interior of the beautiful mansion and the gardens of Southill House on Wednesday, 13th May.
Southill has been the home of the Whitbread family for over 200 years. The house was bought in 1795 by the famous founder of the brewery, Samuel Whitbread I from the Byng family.
Samuel Whitbread 1 died in 1796, a year after buying Southill and his son, Samuel Whitbread II, a prominent Whig politician, employed Henry Holland to rebuild the existing house. Holland was the fashionable architect of the day. He reconstructed Carlton House for The Prince of Wales (late George IV) and other examples of his work may be seen at Woburn, Ampthill, the Swan Hotel in Bedford, and at Althorp.
The result is one of the most splendid Regency buildings in England, beautifully furnished and set in wonderful gardens and 800 acres of parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown . (Many people took part in the TIC Guided Walks around the parklands of Southill Park last year and in 2011)
Today, Southill House stands very much as it did in 1806, the year of Holland’s death. Much of the decoration is as Holland left it and most of the furniture was designed by him for the rooms in which it stands.
Booking is essential as numbers are restricted and you must book your place by 24th April. The total cost of the tour is £10.00 which includes tea biscuits. The Tour commences at 10.30am and further details will be given on booking. For further details and to book your place please contact Sandy Tourist Information Centre, 10 Cambridge Road, Sandy. Telephone 01767 682728 [email protected] or Sandy Town Council on 01767 681491 [email protected]