This beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, is a living monument to much of England’s history. It remains a home and not a museum although it contains a wealth of period furnishings, paintings and decorations.
The family trust which presently run Hellens, and her sister property Southside House www.southsidehouse.com, serves both the community and the general public, particularly in the field of education. We work to provide historical, environmental, and literary projects and activities, for schools and students of all ages, through the two properties.
Historic house or home
In 2015, we open again for House tours on Easter day (Sunday April 5th) and the last public tour will be October the 1st.
Opening times Hellens is open on Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons. Entry is by guided tour and there are tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Tour times may be different during the Garden Festival in June and the Big Apple event in October, please see our events and activities page for details. Our tearoom is open whenever we are open for tours.
Entry costs £7.00 for adults, £5.00 concessions, £4.00 students and children, £15.00 for a family ticket (2 adults and children). Entrance charges subject to change.
The Great barn is available for hire for seminars workshops and private receptions. It can accommodate up to 150 people.
We regret that Hellens is not suitable for wheelchairs, due to steps and narrow access. Please contact us if you have any queries.
Among paintings of interest here are the Laughing Girl by Reynolds, Lord Whartons's portraits, a fine Van Dyke portrait of Endymion Porter, Charles I's art expert and several good specimens of 17th century woodwork. The Cordova Room contains a simple, balanced and beautifully carved fireplace and the Spanish 17th Century leader hangings.
Architecture, Fine Art, Social History