Quintessentially English, Dorfold Hall is a magnificent brick and stone gabled, Jacobean house which was originally built in 1616, and is surrounded by enchanting gardens and woodland. The exquisite interiors retain their original plaster ceilings and elegant oak paneling. The drawing room boasts an original barrel vault, dating from 1621, and plasterwork that was created in Venetian plaster. In 1771, the architect Samuel Wyatt redesigned downstairs and then, in 1862, William Nesfield re-sized of the lake and changed the direction of the driveway. With its tree-lined driveway and lake, the entrance to the Hall is memorable in itself, but add to this lush gardens filled with tumbling roses, secluded dells and woodlands and it's all most captivating. There is also a 1000-year-old sweet chestnut tree, the Dingle and several other features, not to mention the uninterrupted view extending from the south lawn.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, Tue 1-5
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About the area
Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.
While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.
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