The House from "Morris's Views of Seats," circa 1875.
An 1829 engraving of the House from "Neale's Views of Seats"
Earlier Houses: An earlier house, rebuilt by Smith of Warwick the Younger, was demolished circa 1805, after the current house was completed.
Built / Designed For: 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley
Collections: Hans Holbein the Younger's "Lady with a Pet Squirrel and Starling," which had been at Cholmondeley Castle since the 18th century (later coming to Houghton Hall, Norfolk), was sold from Houghton to The National Gallery, London, at Christie's in March of 1992 for £10 million.
Garden & Outbuildings: The Gothic-style castle, which stands romantically on a rise above the lake, is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees, including chestnut, cedars of Lebanon, and oak. The gardens surrounding the Castle provide a lovely mix of color and height, with intriguing walks around the lake, complete with a picnic site, children's play area, and rare breeds of farm animals, including African pygmy goats and llamas, in addition to the more ordinary rabbits, chickens, and aviary birds. There is also the Laburnum Grove, the Rose Garden, and the Temple Water Garden, which sports a small lake full of giant koi carp.
Chapel & Church: There is a private chapel in the Park.
Architect: Robert SmirkeDate: Circa 1829
Architect: William Smith the YoungerDate: 1704-13
Architect: John TurnerDate: 1801-04
Architect: John VanbrughDate: 1713
Vitruvius Britannicus: C. II, pls. 31-34, 1717. C. III, pls. 79, 80, 1725.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 108, 1854.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. V, 1829.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 2008
Reference: pgs. 936, 942, 1062, 1098
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Houghton Hall Guidebook
Author: Cornforth, John
Year Published: 1996
Publisher: Norfolk: Jarrold Publishing
Book Type: Light Softback
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Grade II
Seat of: David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley; Cholmondeley family here since 1200.
Past Seat of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Hugh Cholmondeley, 1st Earl of Cholmondeley, until 1725; George Cholmondeley, 2nd Earl of Cholmondeley, 1725-33; George Cholmondeley, 3rd Earl of Cholmondeley, 1733-70; George James Cholmondeley, 4th Earl of Cholmondeley, 1770-1805. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: George James Cholmondeley, 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley and 4th Earl of Cholmondeley, 1805-27; George Horatio Cholmondeley, 2nd Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1827-70; William Henry Hugh Cholmondeley, 3rd Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1870-84; George Henry Hugh Cholmondeley, 4th Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1884-1923; George Horatio Charles Cholmondeley, 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1923-68; George Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1968-90.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: Grounds Only
Historic Houses Member: Yes