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If you want to ask whether Hatfield House is serious about retailing, I only need to tell you that it now has a complex of 10 shops that are open 11 months of the year.
The retail area is in a restored and revitalised Stable Yard with its own access and free parking, giving a previously underused area of the estate a new purpose and new life.
This is a lively space with the atmosphere of a busy market square. In addition to shops which sell everything from jewellery and antiques to food and toys and gifts, there are monthly farm markets and antiques markets while buskers and face painters provide entertainment. A successful innovation last year was a loyalty card – The Yard Card. This allows a group of regular shoppers to receive privileged discounts and invitations to events and new openings.
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The Treasure Houses Of England
The Treasure Houses of England are 10 of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today. Together they attract in excess of 2.8 million visitors annually.
Members are Beaulieu, Blenheim Palace, Burghley, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Harewood, Hatfield House, Holkham Hall, Leeds Castle and Woburn Abbey.
One of the most compelling features of the Treasure Houses of England is that they all offer the visitor a living history. Most are still homes to the great families who have owned them for generations. Others keep their heritage alive by re-creating scenes and events that have dominated and shaped England from the 9th century to the present day.
Between them they house some of the most important art collections in the world with famous works from artists such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough. The connoisseur of fine furniture, porcelain and china will find priceless examples of Chippendale, Wedgwood and Meissen.
Each house is an architectural masterpiece surrounded by beautiful parklands and gardens.