Photography of Brocket Hall Estate in Hertfordshire

Photography of Brocket Hall Estate in Hertfordshire frequently involves weddings.

The former country estate of two of Britain’s former Prime Ministers is often used as a wedding venue.

Located 22 miles north of London, the 543-acre estate was once the home to Lord Melbourne and later Lord Palmerston.

The bedroom where Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria) stayed at Brocket Hall

The bedroom where Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria) stayed at Brocket Hall.

Princess Victoria, who later became the Queen and Empress who defined an era, was a frequent visitor to Brocket Hall. Lord Melbourne helped prepare her for the duties that awaited her as monarch.

The Prince Regent suite at Brocket Hall features hand-painted Chinese-style wallpaper and was slept in by Prince George, who became King George IV

The Prince Regent suite at Brocket Hall features hand-painted Chinese-style wallpaper and was slept in by Prince George, who became King George IV.

Brocket Hall Estate in Hertfordshire

Brocket Hall was built in the 1760s to a design by James Paine.

Facade of Brocket Hall seen on a bright spring day

Brocket Hall seen on a bright spring day.

The ballroom is reputed to be the place that the waltz was first danced in England. It was introduced by Lady Caroline Lamb, the wife of Lord Melbourne.

Afternoon tea is served intermittently in the ballroom, in which a chandelier hangs above a table which can seat up to 54 guests. It was designed so that Lord Melbourne could host dinners whose guests included royalty. It’s said that, in England, only Windsor Castle has a longer table.

Paintings decorate the ceiling of Brocket Hall's Ballroom, where afternoon teas are served

Paintings decorate the ceiling of Brocket Hall’s Ballroom, where afternoon teas are served.

There’s a story that Lord Palmerston died in Brocket Hall’s Billiard Room after a ‘liaison’ with a servant. A gilt-framed portrait of the statesman, in rude health, peers down at the billiard table, on which he reputedly passed away, from one of its walls.

Oil paintings handg in frames around the Billiard table within the Billiard Room at Brocket Hall

The Billiard table within the Billiard Room at Brocket Hall.

Photography of Brocket Hall

The library at Brocket Hall features an original Adam fireplace and bookcases designed by Thomas Chippendale.

Sculptured figure on a fireplace in Brocket Hall, a historic mansion in Hertfordshire, England

Figure on a fireplace in Brocket Hall.

Seascapes are hung in the Morning Room, where a piano stands by the wall. The instrument is played during receptions.

Seascapes painted by Dutch and British artists hang in the Morning Room at Brocket Hall

Seascapes painted by Dutch and British artists hang in the Morning Room at Brocket Hall.

Horse races were run on the estate during the 18th century. The Georgian-era stables now have the status of a Grade I Listed Building.

Facade of Melbourne Lodge, the converted stables that now hosts 16 bedrooms on the Brocket Hall Estate

Facade of Melbourne Lodge, the converted stables that now hosts 16 bedrooms on the Brocket Hall Estate.

That brickwork building has been converted to hold 16 bedrooms and is now known as Melbourne Lodge.

Double bed within a corner double room at the Melbourne Lodge on Brocket Hall Estate.

Double bed within a corner double room at the Melbourne Lodge on Brocket Hall Estate.

The Auberge du Lac restaurant

The estate’s former hunting lodge is now used as the venue of Brocket Hall’s fine-dining Auberge du Lac restaurant.

Facade of Auberge du Lac fine-dining restaurant, the former hunting lodge at Brocket Hall Estate near Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire

Facade of the Auberge du Lac restaurant, the former hunting lodge at Brocket Hall Estate.

Its terrace looks out towards Brocket Hall over the Broadwater lake.

Main course of beef served during the Auberge du Lac's Taste of the Season seven-course tasting menu.

Main course of beef served during the Auberge du Lac’s Taste of the Season seven-course tasting menu.

A seven-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings is available in addition to the Auberge du Lac’s seasonal set menu of three courses.

Dessert served at the end of the Auberge du Lac's Taste of the Season seven-course tasting menu

A delightful dessert served at the end of the Auberge du Lac’s Taste of the Season seven-course tasting menu.

Two 18-hole golf courses and a golf academy feature on the estate. The Palmerston Course was designed by Donald Steel. The Melboure Course was designed by Clive Clark and Peter Alliss.

When it comes to exploring the estate I’d rather take shots with a camera in my hand rather than a golf club!

A weeping willow by the Broadwater during a spring day on Brocket Hall Estate

A weeping willow by the Broadwater on Brocket Hall Estate.

Further information

For more information about accommodation in the Melbourne Lodge, playing golf at Brocket Hall’s The Melbourne Club, afternoon teas within the historic hall and the Auberge du Lac’s menus, see the Brocket Hall website.

To find out about things in the surrounding area and beyond, take a look at the Visit Herts and Visit England websites.

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2 Comments

  1. Ruth Garrett Brown 14th February 2020 at 7:45 am #

    I was born in Brocket Hall, during the 2nd World War the hall was turned into a maternity hospital. I was born the room with the Chinese wallpaper.

    • Stuart Forster 14th February 2020 at 4:08 pm #

      Thanks for sharing that and adding another dimension to hall’s history.

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