Mompesson House has sat in Cathedral Close in Salisbury since 1701 when it was built for Sir Thomas Mompesson who was the MP for Salisbury at the time. It was a time of great wealth and curiosity with the world, and this elegant Queen Anne style house with its fascinating interior and historic collections was the result.
The interior has been maintained in the style of the 1700s with superb plasterwork, period furniture, embroidery and a Turnbull collection of 18th century drinking glasses. The library has been left in the 1950s, the date when it came into the possession of the National Trust. Both the exterior and the hallway of Mompesson House were famously used as Mrs Jennings ‘Chelsea’ home in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility.
Mompesson House is a townhouse and as such it won’t take a whole day to visit - but do make sure you take the time to visit the tranquil walled garden. It is a lovely place to sit and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and listen to the cathedral bells on the hour. If you fancy some refreshments during your visit, the garden tea-room offers the usual fare.
As Mompesson House is situated in the historic Cathedral Close, it ties in perfectly with a visit to Salisbury Cathedral or as part of a walk around Cathedral Close.
Please visit the National Trust Mompesson House website for opening times, admission prices and accessibility.
Where to Stay
If you are looking for a fresh new option among hotels near Salisbury and Mompesson House then the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge is ideal. Perfectly situated near Salisbury and Stonehenge they offer modern, contemporary accommodation at great prices. The Solstice Bar & Grill has a great reputation for breakfasts and regional menus - so you don’t even need to leave the premises to dine.
- National Trust - Nadia MacKenzie