The rich history of Orchardleigh is one of the most unspoilt English Country Estates.
The Poet Laureate Sir Henry Newbolt was inspired to write his finest works from his love of Orchardleigh.
It was built in 1855-1858 to the designs of T.H. Wyatt for William Duckworth.
The house is not, by country house standards, large, but was clearly build as
a family home. There is a stable block, a boathouse and a kitchen garden with glasshouses some distance from the house. A woodland walk led from the house to the formal entrance into the kitchen garden.
For the historian Orchardleigh is exciting because of the survival of the service wing virtually intact. It retains the kitchen, with ranges, dressers, and warming cupboards; a full board of service bells; and, most remarkably, the servants’ sleeping cabins, which resemble stable accommodation.