This 16th-century Tudor manor house was built by Sir William Petre, whose descendants still live there, 15 generations later.
Sir William Petre had Ingatestone Hall built in 1541 in a Tudor style, which is evident in the mullioned windows, high chimneys and oak-panelled rooms. John Patrick Lionel, 18th Baron Petre, lives here now with his family, but the house is opened to visitors in the summer.
The house was majorly restored to its Tudor appearance in the early 20th century, when Lady Rasch, widow of the 16th Barn Petre, moved back in. She employed architect W.T. Wood to replace parts of the building with reproductions of Tudor period features (like the mullioned windows). She created the oak-panelled Stone Hall to replace the Great Hall that had been destroyed in previous building works, and you’ll see more oak panelling in the Dining Room, which also has large decorative tapestries. Art is important at Ingatestone and the 29-metre-long Gallery has 40 portraits of the Petre family painted by various artists. You can also explore the master bedroom, complete with a four poster bed, and spot the two priests’ hiding places that were used in the 16th century to hide Catholic priests, including St. John Payne.