The House from the Garden
A 19th century engraving of the Villa Rotonda, Vicenza, upon which Henbury was modeled.
The Garden with the House in the background
Earlier Houses: A Georgian house, on a slightly different site, was demolished in the 1980s, when the current house was built.
Built / Designed For: Sebastian de Ferranti
House & Family History: The new house at Henbury is one of five Palladian houses built in Britain based on Palladio's famous 16th century Villa Rotonda outside Vicenza (the others being Nuthall Temple, Nottinghamshire [demolished]; Mereworth Castle, Kent; Chiswick House, Greater London; and Foots Cray Place, Kent [demolished]). The design of Henbury was also influenced by Castle Howard. Henbury Hall was listed for sale in 2018 with a guide price of £20 million.
Garden & Outbuildings: The gardens at Henbury contain a large glasshouse containing a Baroque cascade of rock filled with ferns. The 17th century Stableblock is today a Grade II-listed house.
House Listed: Not Listed
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: Sir Vincent de Ferranti, 1957-80; Sebastian de Ferranti, 1987-2015.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No