Hylands House is a Grade I listed building in Chelmsford, Essex, UK. During World War Two, the house was used for the war effort, serving as a POW camp and a hospital. In 1944, it was turned into a SAS base. The owner at the time, Mrs Hanbury, was not amused to see a SAS officer driving a jeep up the grand staircase.

The grounds of Hylands House were also home to prisoners and soldiers during World War I. At the time of the First World War, the building’s current owners were the Gooch family. In 1907, Sir Daniel and Lady Gooch purchased Hylands and turned it into a military hospital. The facility treated more than 1,500 patients, including many who underwent major operations. Sadly, the hospital closed in 1919.

A fire damaged the building in 1986, but restoration has been continuing ever since. It is located at London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ. Explore this site

During its history, Hylands House has had nine owners. The estate has been in private ownership since the 18th century, but the building itself was not until 1962 that the Chelmsford City Council took control of it. A major restoration project was undertaken, which was completed in 2007 and the property is now open to the public.

The Hylands House Museum contains oil paintings by former owners such as Sir John Comyns, the Pryor Glossop Foundation, and Arthur and Elizabeth Pryor.

The land at Hylands Park is full of trees, and there are open areas of grass on the south and north of the house. There are also many large woodland blocks, with several ponds and ancient woodland. For children, the Hylands Estate contains an award-winning accessible Adventure Playground.

Despite the park’s extensive history, the property remains an attractive, free place for families to play. It is worth visiting, and you can also visit the museum and its onsite cafe.

The building was built in 1728 and is a neoclassical mansion. The south front has a grand Ionic portico with columns rising through two storeys. There are five-bay flanking wings. The building is a Grade II* listed building. Find out more

This beautiful Neoclassical villa is a stunning location for hosting special events

. Whether it is a formal reception or a small reception, you can be sure to be wowed by the lavish interiors and stunning views of the Essex countryside. The estate also has resident artist studios and a cafe. If you’re hosting a celebration at Hylands House, book it now! There’s never a shortage of opportunities for photographs.