“A town more than a house”, Knole House has seen most of what history has given us, thanks to its colourful past as a home to Archbishops, writers and aristocrats all of whom include a fair few scandalous characters.
Virginia Woolf said her novel Orlando was a biography of the house, for her lover Vita Sackville-West, whose family have owned Knole since 1566.
Since the National Trust started caring for the 15th Century house and park, the world has been able to see all its magnificence. From the historic upholstery to the silver tables and exquisite textiles, the house has influenced designers for centuries. Our very own designer was once commissioned to design a sofa based on the Knole, and named it the Rosebery Knole, which has lower back and sides that the original, and is still popular to this day.