Norton Conyers
House & Gardens


Norton Conyers

Norton Conyers is first mentioned in Domesday Book (1086), but recent discoveries suggest there was a habitation here in Viking times. It has belonged to the Grahams since 1624. They had important connections with the Stuart family; both Charles I and James II stayed here while travelling to Scotland. It has been much loved and much rebuilt. Visitors often remark on the very special atmosphere of a house occupied by the same family for so many generations.

The house itself has been undergoing extensive restoration for several years and is currently closed to the public. The owners plan to open the house once more in Spring 2015. However, groups are welcome to book a private tour by contacting us and arranging a suitable date and time.

The Garden

Laid out in the mid-18th century, this large and magical walled garden has a central Orangery, an ornamental pond, magnificent herbaceous borders and parkland beyond. A small sales area, specialising in unusual hardy plants, is open during the summer months. PYO fruit, vegetables and seasonal flowers are also for sale.

The garden is open 2pm -5pm on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays during April - October.

Charlotte Brontë, Norton Conyers and Jane Eyre

In 1839 Charlotte Brontë visited Norton Conyers and heard our legend of a mad woman who had, some time in the previous century, been confined in a remote attic room (which can be visited) still known as “Mad Mary’s Room”. When Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre eight years later, “Mad Mary” became her mad Mrs Rochester. She also borrowed many features from Norton Conyers for Mr Rochester’s house “Thornfield Hall”. In 2004 we discovered a hidden staircase closely resembling the one he uses to reach his wife’s attic.

Last admissions 4.45pm. Garden also open most Mondays and Thursdays throughout the year. Please email to check before visiting on these days.