A SPECIAL invitation is being offered to see inside an Elizabethan Grade II listed building dating back to 1585.

Peover Hall on the Tatton Estate in Knutsford first opened for the National Garden Scheme in 1927 and will do so again during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Visitors are welcome to look around the garden on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5 from 2pm to 5pm.

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This historic building was the family home of the late Randle and Juliet Brooks.

Randle died unexpectedly in November 2020 and Juliet lost her second battle against cancer in March 2021.

The home was opened in their memory last year and Henry Brook, the current owner, will be leading guided tours at 2.30pm and 3.30pm on both days.

Homemade cakes and afternoon teas will be available.

Plants grown in the garden will be on sale.

Knutsford Guardian: The Grade II listed Elizabethan family house dates back to 1585 The Grade II listed Elizabethan family house dates back to 1585

The formal gardens were designed between 1890 and 1900 and feature a series of ‘rooms’ filled with clipped box, a water garden, Romanesque loggia, warm brick walls, unusual doors, secret passageways, beautiful topiary work and a walled garden.

The grounds of the Hall also house working stables, estate cottages and the parish church of St Lawrence, which contains two Mainwaring Chapels with beautiful effigies.

The architectural jewel is the Grade I listed Carolean stables built in 1654.

The interior stalls are richly carved and include original Tuscan columns and strap work.

Immediately adjacent to the stables is the attractive coach house topped with a working bell tower added by Sir Henry Mainwaring in 1764.

During the Second World War, the house was requisitioned for the use of General George Patton of the United States 3rd Army when it was damaged by a fire started by a soldier in 1944.

Knutsford Guardian: Peover Hall pondPeover Hall pond

Later the house was derelict and has been extensively renovated since the 1960s by the Brooks family.

Proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Hospice UK and the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Over the years £60 million has been donated to these charities through the National Garden Scheme.

Bookings for guided tours of the house must be made in advance at www.peoverhall.com.

Due to the lack of broadband, visitors are asked to bring cash just in case.