Set on the edge of the New Forest National Park, on the Hampshire/Dorset border, Somerley  was designed by Samuel Wyatt in 1792 and bought by the 2nd Earl of Normanton in 1825.  Wyatt was a popular architect and engineer, best known for his classic Georgian designs, and he was also responsible for designs at Tatton Park in Cheshire, Shugborough in Staffordshire and Holkham Hall in Norfolk.  Lord Somerton took over the running of the Estate from his father, the current Earl of Normanton, in 2011.

With the Hampshire Avon meandering through the 7,000-acre Estate, the Main House and its formal gardens are set in a prime position to take in glorious views across the parkland, which has changed little in its lifetime.