The current owner of Renishaw is Alexandra Sitwell, daughter of the late Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell. Her extraordinary family have lived at Renishaw for nearly 400 years.
The Sitwells have always been avid collectors and patrons of the arts and the history of the family is filled with writers, innovators and eccentrics.
Perhaps the most famed of the Sitwells were the prolific writers Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell:
Dame Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964) was a grandly eccentric poet and novelist, described by one observer as “an altar on the move.” Perhaps etter known for her poetry, one of her most important works were the books English Eccentrics and Fanfare for Elizabeth
Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) wrote prose, poetry and also many short stories and novels, including Before the Bombardment (1926). He is probably best known for his five volume autobiography Left Hand Right Hand
Sir Sacheverell Sitwell (1897-1988) was well known for his work on art, architecture, ballet and travel and arguably his greatest book was Southern Baroque Art which secured him a reputation as author and art historian.
Learn more about the Sitwells on a hall tour, with new specialist tours available throughout the season.