My wife and I spent the afternoon at “Wentworth Woodhouse” Wednesday 15/04/15 we visited originally to see the more formal gardens, but particularly the “Garden Centre” which we missed and drove by and arrived first the main house, renowned for it’s East facing neoclassical Palladian style front facade, the time was 1-45pm and a tour was about to start (booking required) we asked if we could get on the tour despite not having booked, and to our delight they agreed at £25-00 each. The tour took approximately 2½ and covered the property’s history and that of it’s owners, to the present day owner Mr Clifford Newbold who apparently is a London architect by profession and in the process of restoring the property. The property is clearly worth seeing for it’s historic value, but it has to be on one of 3 variations of a guided tour basis http://www.wentworthwoodhouse.co.uk otherwise you can only see the front elevation, the Original part of the property is in the Baroque Style and cannot be seen from the East front. I would struggle to recommend a tour particularly the “fitzwilliam tour” of the house and gardens. The house is void of original works of art, ceramics, grand furniture and a well stocked library, all the things associated with the aristocracy, particularly in a house owned by a two times British prime minister and having so much ministerial and social history.
Wentworth Woodhouse, stands in 250 acres of parkland and its East Front above of 615 feet wide, its courts and buildings cover three acres or more of ground, and perhaps the largest country palaces created in the18th century.
Originally a Jacobean house, entirely rebuilt by Thomas Watson Wentworth, “1st Marquess of Rockingham” (1693–1750). It was later reduced to the status of a wing by the immense scale of the new great addition created by his son the 2nd Marquess who was twice Prime Minister, and who established at Wentworth Woodhouse an important Whig powerhouse. In the 18th century it was inherited by the Earls Fitzwilliams who owned it until 1979 (when it passed to the heirs of the 8th and 10th Earls), its value having appreciated greatly from the large quantities of coal discovered on the estate.
The earlier Baroque Style West front which cannot be seen from the east and vice versa a view from the private gardens.
A view across the front elevation of the west wing frontage.