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Stately home has five star rating

Knowsley Hall
The hall is currently undergoing refurbishment

A stately home in Merseyside has been awarded a five star gold rating for its guest accommodation.

Knowsley Hall is home to Lord and Lady Derby as well as the award-winning Knowsley Safari Park.

The grading was given to the hall by VisitBritain for its individually designed guest bedrooms.

All nine rooms have been refurbished as part of an extensive restoration of the hall, which has been the ancestral home of the Stanley family since 1385.

Lady Derby said: "We are delighted to have received the grading and look forward to opening our doors to guests who can enjoy a genuine stately home experience when they stay with us.

"It's fitting that in Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year we are now able to offer visitors to the city five star service in a five star environment."

The hall has already hosted high profile events including Yoko Ono's White Ball for the Alder Hey Imagine appeal.

The refurbishment of the hall is ongoing, with three more bedrooms due for completion in October this year.

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