We’ve lived at Somerley since 2011 but the Estate has been in our family for six generations. We’re extremely proud to be its current custodians and to open it up to you for your special celebration. Somerley House was designed by renowned English architect Samuel Wyatt in the late 1700s. Its subsequent owners have added to it in their own way – most notably with the addition of the 90ft Picture Gallery in 1850, which is one of our favourite spaces in the House and looks utterly magical when lit by dozens of flickering candles and cascades of twinkling fairy lights. Many of our ancestors were avid collectors, and several of their most prized pieces (paintings by Gainsborough, Rubens and Canaletto, among others; Chippendale furniture and other objets d’art including pieces from the Palace of Versailles) can be seen throughout the House. Since we inherited the Estate, we’ve undertaken an extensive programme of restoration and rejuvenation (hard but incredibly rewarding work), to bring this glorious building into the 21st century as sensitively as possible.