Holme Pierrepoint Hall, Nottinghamshire
The Hall, on the banks of the Trent, has been reduced in size over the years to buildings around a single courtyard - which has within it a charming and cloistered garden. The main entrance facade is Tudor of 1500. The entrance towers have ornamental battlements and unusual alcoves (perhaps shelters from the weather). The ground floor rooms have, unusually, their Tudor fittings – fireplaces, doorcases, garderobes and floors. One of the upstairs rooms is open to the roof, showing late medieval woodwork. Look out for the Long Gallery and Restoration staircase with an open balustrade. There is an interesting series of paintings, showing the development of the house, which is still lived in by descendants of the Manvers family.