As such, while it’s a nice, comfortable Queen Anne town house, it lacks a homely feeling because of its hotch potch of borrowed collections, exhibitions and dowdy furniture (with a couple of stars thrown in).
Do visit if you like novelty porcelain!
Reason to visit: lovely example of a replica doll’s house and an impressive collection of early wine glasses. It’s also where a Sense and Sensibility film with Kate Winslet was filmed so if you’re a fan of Jane Austen it might tickle your fancy.
Here’s the low down:
- a large hall;
- an impressive venetian window over a wide oak staircase;
- a morning room to the right of the hall exhibiting a collection of early wine glasses (the room steward refused to tell me anything about them, claiming to know nothing and telling me to read the handout!);
- an exhibition in the morning room;
- detailed door frames;
- a sitting room to the rear with interesting vegetable-formation porcelain (by Wedgewood et al) and windows that would at one time have opened up straight into the garden;
- downstairs study with interesting plasterwork on the ceiling;
- upstairs four rooms open: one showing the dilapidated state before refurbishment, a sitting room (check out the interesting pie-crust edged table) and two bedrooms.
There’s a nice garden, welcoming tea room and it’s definitely worth a stop if you have a NT card and happen to be in Salisbury. Otherwise, it’s probably not worth a specific trip (it reminds me of Fairfax House in York but a more faded, tired version). Mompesson House is right next door to the Cathedral though so you can certainly fit it into a suitably entertaining itinerary.
Time to visit: about 20 minutes.