Kiplin Hall, near Richmond, DL10 6AT
This striking Jacobean country house – on the road between Richmond and Northallerton – was built in the 1620s for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I, later 1st Lord Baltimore and founder of Maryland, USA. The Hall is now furnished as a welcoming Victorian family home, with examples of works from the 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement, and fascinating items including Admiral Lord Nelson’s library chair from H.M.S. Victory, and part of the block of wood on which Charles I was beheaded – allegedly! There are also beautiful gardens, lakeside walks and an award-winning tea room. Please check the website for opening times. Reduced opening in the winter months. Contact: 01748 818178.