We received an email from the BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour production team. They said that they were preparing a piece about the legacy of our politicians and that this would explore why we do not (as a Country) celebrate this legacy, not only through museums, but also their former homes – in the way that they do in the USA.

The inspiration behind the piece was Windlestone Hall, near Bishop Auckland, the birthplace of Anthony Eden. It had experienced a difficult history and the producers wanted to include Arundells as an example of how the houses of former Prime Ministers could be preserved, and how it should be done.

A visit was duly arranged and Ivan Smith, the Manager of Arundells, provided a guided tour of the house and garden. The piece was aired during the latter part of the BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour on Sunday 30th August and you can enjoy listening to it here:

BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour

by Interview with Ivan Smith



The house was originally a medieval canonry, with the first recorded occupant being Henry of Blunston, Archdeacon of Dorset, who lived here from 1291 until his death in 1316.


The peaceful garden extends to around two acres in total, with lawns, mature trees, shrubbery and borders and includes sculpture by G E Wade and the bow of Morning Cloud III.


Arundells Collection includes works by well known artists, ceramics, gifts from world leaders, hand painted Chinese wallpaper and Morning Cloud scale model yachts.


Arundells events include talks, music concerts and recitals, seasonal outdoor theatre, children's events and Christmas events.

Upcoming Event at Arundells