Open to all – for a few days only

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @chantelle­heeds

BE­HIND the huge gates on Botanic Road in Church­town, set in one hun­dred acres of pri­vate park­land, is where the beau­ti­ful Me­ols Hall is lo­cated.

The breath­tak­ing 12th cen­tury manor house is not only aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing, but is full of his­tory and char­ac­ter.

Given that the venue is usu­ally closed to the pub­lic, the op­por­tu­nity to go in­side is not to be missed.

The fam­ily which owns South­port’s most his­toric build­ing have agreed to open the house to vis­i­tors each day from 1.30pm un­til 5.30pm, un­til September 14.

En­try to the house costs £4 per adult, and £1 per child – and in­for­ma­tion books full of in­ter­est­ing facts are avail­able to pur­chase for just £1.

The en­try fee grants you ac­cess to the venue, as well as a guided tour with a knowl­edge­able guide.

After September 14, the house will once again be closed to the pub­lic and will re­main closed un­til next year.

The manor house, which is a stone’s throw away from the pic­turesque vil­lage of Church­town, is one of the old­est set­tle­ments on the Lan­cashire coast.

In­ter­est­ingly, the own­ers of the manor also own a large pro­por­tion of the prop­er­ties in the quirky vil­lage, as well as var­i­ous other ar­eas of land in and around South­port.

Me­ols Hall has passed through 27 gen­er­a­tions to the present owner, who still re­sides in the prop­erty.

As you can imag­ine, step­ping in­side the unique build­ing is like step­ping back in time.

Each room boasts mul­ti­ple items from dif­fer­ent eras, all pre­served so well that guests are able to see every fine de­tail of his­tory that lives in­side the build­ing.

The manor house also has a Tithe Barn – a pop­u­lar venue for wed­dings – which own­ers claim is “one of the finest ex­am­ples of its kind in the coun­try”.

The 400-year-old barn forms part of Me­ols Hall, has been re­stored by lo­cal crafts­men and re­tains all its orig­i­nal and au­then­tic fea­tures – cap­tur­ing the charm of the build­ing,

Be­low and fac­ing page, some of the exquisitely dec­o­rated rooms at the Hes­keth fam­ily home

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