VISITORS can once again sit in comfort and enjoy the delights of one of the finest 18th century Palladian style houses in Cheshire.

Eight chairs in the bay window at Tabley House have been restored to their former glory.

Tabley House

Tabley House welcomes visitors until the end of October

Textile conservator Jacqueline Hyman has painstakingly renovated the 200-year-old chairs and recovered them with antique gold velvet.

Gill Dent, collection manager at the Grade I listed building, said: "We are really delighted the chairs are now looking and feeling their best once again.

Tabley House

Before restoration, the Victorian drawing chairs had worn material and uncomfortable seats

"The previously worn material and uncomfortable hollows in the centre of each seat pad are now thankfully a thing of the past."

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The Victorian drawing room chairs are made from rosewood and dating from the early 1840s.

As part of the restoration process, several old layers of fabric had to be removed and the horsehair wadding thoroughly cleaned and re-stitched into position.

Tabley House

The chairs dating from the early 1840s now restored to their former glory

Each seat pad was then covered with cotton calico before the new velvet fabric was applied.

Tabley House was built for the Leicester family by John Carr in 1767 and houses a famous collection of furniture by Gillow, Chippendale and Bullock and paintings by JMW Turner, Lawrence, Dobson, Devis and others.

The state rooms and the collection are open to visitors from Thursday to Sunday, 1pm until 5pm, until October 31.

Admission is £7 for adults and £3 for children.

For further information call 01565 750151 or email