Located in the midst of beautiful country side Stately homes are usually surrounded by history and stories dating back centuries as part of their English Heritage and culture. These homes all have their own unique personality which attracts tourists to visit from near and far. Burnley has number of stately homes within easy reach of the hotel, here are our top recommendations.
Set in the 450 acres of woodland perfect for relaxing walks, Towneley Hall. This fascinating 14thcentury mansion is full of secrets, mysteries and surprises. Once owned by the Towneley family, the home was sold to Burnley cooperation’s in 1902 and converted into a historic house and museum. Since then archaeologists and explorers from all over the world have contributed to the halls’ collection. The most famous was in 1913 when Local man W. T. Taylor contributed a 12thcentury Peruvian mummy (nobleman) from his travels in the Andes. The mummy was buried with a selection of beautiful pottery. Even though this rare artefact is hardly on show, there is plenty more to see.
If you fancy a stroll around the corridors of the museum and art gallery or a ponder into the hidden secrets and priest holes of Towneley Hall, entry is free for Burnley residents or £4 for non-residents, Monday –Thursday and weekends 12-5pm.
A 25 minute drive from the hotel lies Samlesbury hall. This 12th century historic catholic house surrounded by idyllic grounds has some fascinating history pouring out the walls from witch craft to English reformation in the 16th century. Formerly a family home to the Samlesbury’s, this eerie estate changed hands in the 13th Century, and became home to the Southworth family who occupied the hall for more than 400 years before being sold to a building firm for public use in 1924. Samlesbury Hall is allegedly haunted by the ghost of Dorothy Southworth’s lover from Hoghton Tower whose skeletons still lie in the walls due to a family feud relating to the catholic – protestant divide.
Today Samlesbury hall offers plenty of activities for all ages. Be educated with guided tour through the corridors or take a peek at the latest exhibition ‘Pedlers trunk’ being held in in the exhibition hall, for one year only this 16th century trunk used by the catholic priests for mass and Sacroment’s is being bought back for all to see. Relax in the casual coffee lounge with a classic British afternoon tea or a wonder around the halls’ very own small animal farm.
Interested in going back in time and being educated by fascinating British history and architecture from the 14th century? Samlesbury Hall admission is completely free and opening hours are Sunday – Friday 11-4pm.