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Brocket Hall

Brocket Hall is a Grade I-listed building classical Country House. It is in a large park at the Northern end of the Urban area Hatfield in Hertfordshire. Sir Matthew Lamb, 1st Baronet purchased the estate in 1746, complete with Brocket Lea, the older house on the south side of the upper course of the river visible from almost all of the estate. He built the hall as it is seen today around 1760 to the designs of the architect Sir James Paine. 

Buildings

Brocket Hall is a tall red brick neoclassical house in a fine landscape setting with a Palladian bridge. The interior of the house is mostly not on a grand scale but the exceptions are the main staircase and the Grand Saloon that was decorated specifically for entertaining royalty. The walls are lined with silk, the original furniture was made by Chippendale, the ceiling was painted by Francis Wheatley and the state banqueting table seats eighty people. The cost of this one room is recorded as £1,500 which equated to more than the cost of a substantial mansion at the time.

Paine also built the Temple with an Adam-style plaster ceiling, elliptical porch that has niches either side of Victorian period half glazed door and a pediment above its eastern entrance, typical of the finest garden temples of the era.

Among these other buildings are an early 17th-century house, which now incorporates a fine-dining restaurant called "Auberge du Lac", Brocket Lea and The Temple built by Paine later that century.

Inhabitants

In Victoria

In the show Victoria, Lord Melbourne is known to have lived there during his retirement from Politics.

Currently

The Club Corporation of Asia (CCA) currently holds the property on a long lease which will only expire in the middle of the 21st century.