Open to all – for a few days only
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