Leighton Hall

Leighton Hall, Carnforth: Address, Phone Number, Leighton Hall Reviews: 4.5/5

Leighton Hall
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Gardens
About
We are Open May - September, 2pm - 5pm, Tuesday till Friday (also Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays). This romantic Gothic house is the lived in family home of the famous Gillow furniture making dynasty. Boasting unique, priceless pieces of Gillow furniture, Leighton's informal guided tours appeal to all ages. Outside the Hall are woodland walks, an abundant 19th century walled garden, herbaceous borders and roses, a fragrant herb patch and an ornamental vegetable plot. Every day at 3.30 pm (weather permitting), Falconer Jim Brown, gives flying displays with his birds of prey, where visitors get the chance to put on a glove and really get up close to these fantastic creatures. For 2015 we have installed a new petite children's play area. Our products have been sourced locally as we worked with a local playground company to maximize the space we had available. So we hope the children will enjoy these facilities. Please go to our website or Facebook page for entrance fees, or just give us a call.
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gary338
Farington, UK29 contributions
Most amazing wedding venue with amazing family who help to organise it
Oct. 2020 • Couples
We booked to have our wedding at the beautiful Leighton hall for June 2020. COVID put a stop to that. We rearranged for 10th October and 2 weeks before we were due to get married further restrictions were put in place. This put a stop to our reception where we planned to have a big garden party in our garden. We went up to Leighton Hall to talk things through with Lucy. She rescued the day by suggesting we have the marriage and reception there. She explained that we would have the place to ourselves and we were dubious as the place is stunning. She recommended new fields caterers to provide our food and a service and they were exceptional. The food was delicious and the table service for drinks could not be faulted they worked so hard. We also used David Millington as a photographer and again he was exceptional and so professional but made us both feel at ease. Lucy was always on the end of the phone to talk through issues and was extremely understanding in the difficult times. We had our wedding and yes our guests had to wear masks during the ceremony but afterwards at the reception it was a lot more relaxed. We were left to ourselves and had the run of the house just as promised and it was brilliant. I could not think of a better place to get married and the place is just beautiful. On first visiting I was sceptical that we could afford it due to its stunning setting but the family are extremely competitively priced and we managed to have our dream wedding there. If you are thinking of getting married please go and visit here and speak to Lucy and you will struggle not to fall in love with it. With Lucy and Mrs Reynolds you have superb, caring generous hosts who will help organise everything and leave you to your day stress free and to just enjoy it without any worries. Due to the restrictions we only had 15 at the wedding. We were disappointed in this as it was a big downsize however after having the wedding it turned out to be perfect. Very intimate could spend quality time with everyone who was there and venue hosted us perfectly. Definitely put this on your list to visit and have a wonderful dream day like we were lucky enough to achieve.
Written October 13, 2020
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Wow - thanks for the amazing review! The Leighton team were just so pleased that we could help you achieve a special wedding day during such a crazy time. It was a pleasure to have you and your close family, including the children, at Leighton. We are glad we have helped you to create special memories. Thanks for giving confidence to other couples that you day can be brilliant with less people. I hope that you will have a bigger party in the future when the Government relax legislation and get to wear your beautiful dress again. Take care and we hope to see you at Leighton again soon. Lucy
Written November 11, 2020
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flowerlady64
Durham, UK489 contributions
So glad we caught it open
Sep. 2020
Currently Leighton Hall is only open on Thursday and Sunday afternoons from 2-5pm so we considered ourselves lucky to be able to book a place and pay over the phone.
The welcome was friendly. The gardens are looked after well even in these strange times and there is still much to see in the borders and orchard. We had afternoon tea outside in the sunshine then went to see the Birds of Prey display. Our tour of the Hall, which is the home of the Gillow family of the famous firm of Waring and Gillow, furniture makers, lasted three quarters of an hour and the guide did her best to give us a good tour in spite of the restrictions. Normally you can sit on the chairs here but not now. It would be a lovely place for a celebration like a wedding. We had a lovely afternoon out and were pleased we didn't miss Leighton.
Written September 19, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It is always great to have such positive feedback and I will be sure to pass it to the team. This summer had many challenges and at one stage we were very concerned about opening at all. We are very pleased that we did as it had such lovely people come and explore, and support this local heritage. Everyone is welcome at Leighton Hall. Do come back and see us soon. We have limited Christmas activities, one being Wreath Making if you fancy it, but hopefully a lot more activities next year - fingers crossed. If we don't see you before - Have a very nice Christmas and New Year.
Written November 11, 2020
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Trekkin Traveller
St Helens, UK955 contributions
Friendly and welcoming ....lovely afternoon out
Sep. 2020 • Couples
We visited for a hall tour in early September 2020. We were greeted by one of the ladies who lives in the house which was a lovely touch. The tour covers the history of the house and the family who still live there. It has some stunning pieces of furniture. The dining room and the sitting room were particular favourites in that regard. We also visited some of the woodland and gardens along with the caterpillar maze. We were also lucky enough to see the bird of prey display with a barn owl, Harris hawk and falcon. We were there for about 2 to 2.5 hours on total and felt very welcome. We even had time to have coffee and cake in the garden which was lovely. Everything was also very covid secure. Thanks to all for a lovely afternoon.
Written September 13, 2020
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Thank you for such a lovely review. We are all so glad you enjoyed your visit, and glad you felt safe at Leighton during these difficult times. Hope to see you again one day.
Written September 16, 2020
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Andrew W
Chorley, UK43 contributions
Car Club invitation event at Leighton Hall
Sep. 2020
Wen to LH for the Cumbria and Lancashire Morris Minor Owner's day in September 2020. The management and staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. Huge amount of work had gone in to making the Hall and grounds safe in Covid times.
Excellent refreshments
Written September 7, 2020
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Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased you and other club members had a wonderful visit and felt safe during these strange times. We loved having your beautiful cars parked in front of the Hall. It was certainly very nostalgic for Mrs Reynolds whose first car was a Morris Minor! Hope to see you all again next year.
Written September 16, 2020
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JayneCheshire
Cheshire31 contributions
Family Day Out
Aug. 2020
Been twice now, great for the kids. Lot's of stunning gardens and woodland to explore. Nature hunt for the kids with a little prize at the end for completing. Maze, fruit and vegetable gardens. Wonderful house tours, and falconry display on the front lawns. Lovely tearooms with the best home made cakes and sandwiches. Staff really welcoming and friendly.
Written August 21, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Leighton, it's particularly nice to know the children had a good time and enjoyed the various activities we have put in place this year. Hope to see you again.
Written September 16, 2020
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Richard B
17 contributions
Excellent day out with 6 year old grandson
Aug. 2020
Activities for children were vey good. Our grandson enjoyed the activities provided for a walk in the woods. The bird of prey show was the best we have ever seen. It was very educational and a great spectacle. The walks in the area beyond the house and gardens are also beautiful. We also enjoyed the house tour. The staff were very friendly.
Written August 21, 2020
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The activity packs were a new idea for 2020 and we are really pleased your grandson enjoyed the various activities on offer. We will also pass on your kind words to our falconer and staff and know they will be equally delighted to know that you had a happy visit. Thank you for writing.
Written September 16, 2020
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Madalyn H
Huddersfield, UK1,527 contributions
Great visit
Aug. 2020
A delightful visit with a guided tour of the interior of the house, (ground floor only), and opportunity to walk in the pleasant and colourful gardens. A wonderful setting and good tearoom.
Written August 20, 2020
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Thank you for your kind words about your recent visit to Leighton, it was lovely to know that you had an enjoyable time and we appreciate your comments.
Written September 16, 2020
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alexandrajane842017
Ramsbottom, UK22 contributions
Nice day out
Jul. 2020 • Family
The Hall grounds are good for children with a little playground, activity packs for the woodland walk, bug finding areas (we even saw a tiny frog underneath one) and a nice cafe for cake. I wouldn’t advise the house tour for small children but I enjoyed it.
Written July 26, 2020
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Thank you for your kind words. It was so nice to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that the children found some exciting creepy crawlies in the woodland walk! I wonder if they spotted the new Wren carving as well??
Written August 10, 2020
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Gillian S
Worcester, UK16 contributions
A must see
Dec. 2019 • Couples
We visited Leighton Hall as part of a Shearings coach holiday. We were lucky enough to have a private tour and were greeted on arrival with tea and delicious mince pies. Unfortunately although The cafe looked inviting with very reasonable prices we were to full to be able to take advantage of it. Our tour was given by Lady Susan and the history of the house together with all of the wonderful paintings and antiques was most interesting and enjoyable. As the weather was inclement we avoided exploring the most magnificent gardens, but hopefully a return summer visit will give leave to this occasion. Thank you to all of the staff who made our visit so enjoyable.
Written December 14, 2019
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Firstly apologies for the delay in responding to your amazing review of your visit to Leighton Hall. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and taking the time to leave a review. It is very encouraging for us all to know that our visitors enjoy what we offer in enough to want to make a return visit. Kind regards
Written March 20, 2020
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Chris Smith
Manchester, UK4 contributions
Great tour
Dec. 2019 • Couples
Had a great tour of the house on a rainy day after staying at the new inn at yealand, who recommended us to go instead of a wet walk. A lovely family owned home with great guides who were really knowledgeable. The tea room is definitely worth a visit as well for a nice coffee. Worth a return trip to explore the gardens in better weather!
Written December 10, 2019
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Firstly I apologise for the delay in thanking you for taking the time to leave a review of your visit to Leighton Hall. It is very encouraging us for us all that visitors enjoy their time with us enough to plan a return visit. Kind regards
Written March 20, 2020
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