The former home of Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, visited by his many literary friends
Open to the public most weekends by appointment
Located in a quiet Northamptonshire village, Weston Hall became a haunt for 20th century literary figures as the home of the writer Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, from 1923 until his death in 1988.
The youngest of a trio of literary siblings, “Sachie” was given the house by his father as a wedding present and he lived there with his glamorous Canadian wife, Georgia. At a narrow writing desk overlooking the lawn, he wrote over 80 books of poetry and prose, including acclaimed works on music and baroque architecture.
He also entertained his many literary friends, including Evelyn Waugh, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Cecil Beaton and Noel Coward. Sachie’s sister, the poet Dame Edith Sitwell, was a frequent visitor. Little has changed since the 1930s, the house is full of photos and memorabilia of the Sitwells. There are also mementos of previous owners, including a handsome Colonel who fought at Waterloo who received numerous “billet doux” from female admirers.
Unusually, the house has mainly passed through female hands – and has a distinctly feminine feel. Weston is now the home of Sir George Sitwell, Sachie’s grandson who, with his immediate family, treats visitors to personal tours. Its attractions include an 18th century library, a Victorian conservatory and kitchen garden, and a coach house complete with restored brougham.
Many visitors combine a tour of the house with a visit to the grave stones of the family, including Sir Sacheverell and Dame Edith Sitwell in the neighbouring village of Weedon Lois.