Even in the 18th century no stranger could have wandered in, warmed their hands at the open fire in the front hall, marched through the reception rooms, and settled down in a comfortable leather armchair to admire the pictures. A £5.95m restoration by English Heritage took place since it closed in March 2012. It re-opened Autumn 2013. Paintings of note include The Guitar Player by Johannes Vermeer Self Portrait with Two Circles, a late Rembrandt self-portrait Portrait of Pieter van den Broecke, by Frans Hals Thomas Gainsborough, 'Portrait of Countess Howe' (wife of Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe) Edwin Henry Landseer, 'Hunting in the Olden Times'.
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