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Hylands House, Chelmsford

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Hylands House is a Grade II* neo-classical villa situated within Hylands Park a 232-hectare (574 acre) park south-west of Chelmsford in Essex in South East England. It is owned and operated by Chelmsford City Council.HistoryThe last private owner lived in Hylands House until her death until 1962. It was in 1966, with the House in a desperate state of disrepair, that Chelmsford Borough Council purchased the Park for the people of Chelmsford to enjoy. Hylands Park was opened to the public only 10 days later. It was agreed by Chelmsford Borough Council that Hylands House should be restored to its former glory and having stood empty for 20 years, the first phase of restoration took place in 1986. The final stage was completed in 2005.Past owners of Hylands HouseSir John Comyns 1730–1740Around 1726, a local and well respected lawyer, Sir John Comyns, purchased the manor of Shaxstones in Writtle, and commissioned the construction of a new family home on the estate, suitable for a man of his standing. Completed in 1730, Hylands House was an elegant two-storey red brick building in Queen Anne style architecture. The grounds were set out in the formal geometric style fashionable at the time, with a pleasure garden and small kitchen garden to the north of the house.John Comyns 1740–1760 & John Richard Comyns 1760–1797Sir John Comyns died in 1740, without surviving children, and left the estate to his nephew, John Comyns of Romford. In 1759, John Comyns commissioned a monument to the life of his beloved uncle, which can be seen at the family vault in Writtle Church. John in turn left Hylands to his son, John Richard Comyns in 1760.
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  • We visited here and was delighted to find that you only had to pay for admission to the house. You buy your tickets in the gift shop, which is full of lovely things. The house itself is just wonderful...  read more »
  • This lovely house is well worth a visit; it has taken many years of hard work and money to restore aided by the Friends of Hylands House. It has good amenities. It has superb gardens which are used fo...  read more »
  • I have been at Hylands House in a few conferences. Reasonable rates and good service. The views outside are outstanding. Staff is polite. Crockery/cutlery very clean. Food average. 
  • Hylands House is a beautiful old building, opened on occasion by the council (who own it) for public tours - last time I went, there was a lady playing a harp beautifully. It's a really lovely old building, and the cellars were particularly interesting. Well worth a visit! It's also used as a venue for weddings and events - it certainly makes a beautiful backdrop to the photographs.
  • Lovely place for weddings and functions. Steeped in history. Was derelict for years before a massive restoration project revived it to its former glory.
  • So nice the environments and scenery is fantastic
  • Great restoration of country house
  • Best enjoyed the old photos of how the House was regarded years ago. I did get a feel for the past, the cut away wall idea was good..
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