This beautiful house, designed by Samuel Wyatt in 1750, has been in the Normanton family for five generations since it was bought by The 2nd Earl in 1825. Wyatt was a popular architect and engineer, best known for his classic Georgian designs, and he was also involved with buildings at Tatton Park in Cheshire, Shugborough in Staffordshire and Holkham Hall in Norfolk.
On the south side of the house, the classic Wyatt Colonnade featuring twelve Palladian columns, sits above the formal top garden which leads to the famous Triton fountain, one of only two copies outside Italy. From the fountain, steps lead you onto the lower lawns flanked on each side by breathtaking herbaceous borders.
The house and its gardens sit high up over looking hundreds of acres of parkland. Winding its way through this beautiful parkland is the well known river Avon which stretches the full length of the 7,000 acre estate. The current custodian of Somerley, Viscount Somerton, continues to think of new and effective ways of keeping the house running as a private home.