Eggleston Hall was bought in 1919 by Sir William Cresswell Gray, the first baronet as a gift for his son on returning safely from the Great War. The family had made its fortune from shipbuilding in Hartlepool during the late nineteenth century. The bulk of the estate’s farms and properties were not purchased and the house was only infrequently used. During the second world war, it was requisitioned as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers, and subsequently many of the internal fittings were removed and sold off.

The present owner’s father inherited the house in the early 1970’s and his widow developed the house into a residential cookery and flower arranging school which she ran for over 20 years. The recent television series, Ladette to Lady, used this as a basis when filming its reality programmes. The house is currently a private home for Sir William and Lady Gray and their family. The house can be visited (by prior appointment only) to interested groups. We regret that only the ground floor of the house is accessible for wheelchairs. Please email the Secretary for further details: