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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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  • This beautifully restored historic building set in a lovely park is well worth a visit. It is also a great setting for a wedding venue. 
  • Excellent park... Play equipment. Gardens The house looks like the Selznick Studios.opening title for Gone With the Wind . Private but a wedding venue. Weekend rides on the cart pulled by a dray horse...  more »
  • We visited during the heritage open days so entry was free. The house looks beautiful from the outside, but inside was a bit of a mixed bag. Some of the rooms are beautifully restored, while others ar...  more »
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  • Great place for a walk and conker collecting. Cafe and toilets are located near the house along with book sales, crafts and plants.
  • Lovely grounds.had our photo booth in the pavilion for a engagement party and the venue was really nice although parking is about a 5 minute walk from the venue so not great when it's cold or raining.
  • Lovely place for weddings and functions. Steeped in history. Was derelict for years before a massive restoration project revived it to its former glory.
  • Beautiful grounds and parkland, refreshments and toilets good parking, nice family day out.
  • A very nice place in chelmsford