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Rokeby Park, Barnard Castle

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Rokeby Park is a country house in the Palladian style in the civil parish of Rokeby, in Northern England. It is close to the confluence of the River Tees and River Greta, near Greta Bridge in what is now County Durham. It was historically in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Rokeby is pronounced ‘rookbee’ (although many pronounce it ‘rowk-bee’ and this is the more commonly heard pronunciation locally). It is the private home of Sir Andrew Morritt but is open to the public on selected days.

The house is the original English home of the painting The Toilet of Venus by Diego Velázquez, now known in English as The Rokeby Venus. The original now hangs in the National Gallery, London and a copy in the saloon at Rokeby Park. Sir Walter Scott was a regular visitor to the house and used it as the setting for his narrative poem Rokeby in 1812.

The building is of interest in its own right. Completed in 1735 (and known at the time as Rokeby Hall) by Sir Thomas Robinson, it is considered a fine example of the italianate Palladian style. Robinson owned it until 1769, when he sold it to JS Morritt, an ancestor of the current owner.

Much of the present interior was designed by John Carr. The house contains the collection of fine needlework pictures by Anne Morritt (1726–1797), the unmarried sister of JS Morritt. There is also a rare surviving print room wallpapered with 18th-century prints.
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  • Wonderful experience. Very well informed and intelligent guides. Something very calming about the atmosphere inside the house. 
    Wonderful experience. Very well informed and intelligent guides. Something very calming about the atmosphere inside the house.  more »
  • Unusual historic house. Had a pleasant tour inside but no photos allowed. Plenty of interesting information and features to see inside and some pleasant grounds to walk in. Toilets only available at.....  more
    Unusual historic house. Had a pleasant tour inside but no photos allowed. Plenty of interesting information and features to see inside and some pleasant grounds to walk in. Toilets only available at.....  more »
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  • Enjoyed a great afternoon at this fascinating house with beautiful grounds and fantastic guides!
  • An interesting house to visit which could be enhanced by a storyboard in each of the rooms pointing out significant features.

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