Ragley Hall is a well-known manor house located south of Alcester, Warwickshire near Straford-upon-Avon. Historically, the hall is best known for being the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Hertford. In the present day, it is famous for having been featured in a number of films and television shows.
You might have seen it in the television serial The Scarlet Pimpernel in the 1980s, or possibly in the 1993 BBC serial To Play The King. Doctor Who fans will recognize it as the Palace of Versailles in the 2006 episode The Girl in the Fireplace, one of the best-loved episodes of the popular television program.
Today you can visit the 17th century stately mansion and its 400 acres of beautiful parkland. The tour to the house allows you to visit a dozen or so rooms which are beautiful constructed with ornate baroque décor. Each of the rooms has a unique design and color scheme which sets it apart from the others in the house.
The red saloon contrasts brightly with the green-themed drawing room. You will also be impressed with the splendor of the great hall with its 40-foot ceiling. The central medallion overhead features the Roman goddess Minerva.
A tea house is available to provide refreshments in case you get thirsty during your visit to the estate. You can also choose to enjoy a picnic lunch outside on the park grounds. The rose garden is another elegant feature of the grounds. The bright colors and the beautiful smells create a charming and aromatic environment.
Ragley Hall and its parklands are also available to host special events such as weddings. Whether you have a special event planned or are simply looking for a beautiful and memorable place to spend an afternoon in the Cotswolds, you will find that Ragley Hall offers an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.