Over the centuries it’s the people who’ve lived and worked at Browsholme that have made it such an important contributor to our community’s heritage and economy. Our team today maintains that commitment and dedication and boasts a wide variety of skills and local knowledge. We are very fortunate to work with them.
Robert inherited Browsholme in 1975 from his fourth cousin, once removed. He moved from Cambridge with his parents in 1977 and married Amanda Backhouse in 1985. Robert and Amanda took over the mantle of running Browsholme from Robert’s parents in the 1990s, and now manage all the Estate enterprises. In 2010 they converted the Tithe Barn into a wedding venue and tea room. Both Robert and Amanda have businesses outside Browsholme and are heavily involved in voluntary work across Lancashire.
Robert was appointed Technical Advisor to the Historic Houses Association in 2006 and shares his knowledge and experience with other owners. In 2015 Amanda was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire and both she and Robert are Deputy Lieutenants of the County.
They have two children, Eleanor and Roland who have spent their lives at Browsholme and who share their parents’ passion for the house and estate.
Weddings and Events
Rebecca Clarke joined us in 2009 and has over twenty years experience in wedding planning. A consummate professional she maintains the highest standards, and her artistic flair is evident in our Christmas decorations. If you are looking for any help with your wedding or event planning then Rebecca is there for you. She has excellent relationships with all the top suppliers in Lancashire and the North West. Rebecca lives on the estate with her family.
Elizabeth Robinson a farmer’s daughter herself, is married to a local farmer who grew up on Home Farm, Browsholme. Elizabeth started with us as our ‘Star Baker’ in 2010 when we first opened the tea room. An invaluable part of the team she continues to bake, oversees our Wednesday service and helps with all our events.
Victoria (Tora) Thompson joined in early 2014 when we wanted to expand the menu we offered to our visitors. Tora’s lunches are home made, with cakes and pastries her speciality. She uses our own produce and delights in creating a Dish of the Day from whatever is in season. Tora lives in Bashall Eaves and runs Buckthorn House B&B for guests.
Hall, Housekeeping and Administration
Catherine Turner our longest serving team member, started working for us in 1993 shortly after Robert and Amanda had taken over the running of the Hall. Catherine is a real people person, and is the first point of contact for all our group tour and visitor bookings. Her attention to detail and care for our visitors is exceptional. Catherine lives in Waddington.
Nicola Higham, from Whalley, came on board in 2015 with the specific role of managing the finances and HR. She fitted in immediately and has been known to take charge of the till in the tea room on open days. Nicola says she has the best workplace and office ever, with a view to die for and enjoys using her lunch breaks to walk around the estate.
Adele Loi started as a Nanny in 1995 when Eleanor and Roland were babies. Over the years her job has changed evolving into managing the house and being the lynch-pin between all staff at the Hall and the Barn. Her planning keeps Browsholme running smoothly. Adele is from Clitheroe and her daughter, Georgia, spent much of her childhood at Browsholme and now works as part of our wedding and events team.
Cheryl Roberts, lives at Dunsop Bridge. She is a superb seamstress and housekeeper. Her talents include mending tapestries, making curtains and cleaning and ironing to the highest standard. Always willing to learn and try new things she is undaunted by any task. Cheryl has a no nonsense approach to life and work and came to us in 2012.
Estate and Gardens
Managing the woodlands, gardens and grounds are Stephen, Charlie, Helen and Angus.
Stephen Brown began work at Browsholme in 1999 taking over the reins as woodsman. His practical bent and meticulous approach to any task mean that all work is completed to the highest standard. In 2011 Stephen took on responsibility for gamekeeping duties, something he is passionate about. Originally from Hurst Green, Stephen lives on the estate with his family.
Charlie Brown started work here on a part-time basis in 2014. Again from Hurst Green, Charlie first worked at Browsholme as a contractor in the 1970s, erecting the fencing along the drive. Charlie spends much of the summer months maintaining the gardens and mowing the lawns. A talented carpenter he is restoring the furniture at Browsholme.
Helen Backhouse is our newest recruit and has been working in the garden since early 2016. As well as having green fingers, Helen is a wildlife artist and that artistic talent is evident in her planting and garden designs. Helen tackled fifty plus years of growth revealing plants and garden statuary that had been hidden for decades.
Our team of ten volunteer guides love Browsholme: to quote one, ‘This is my dream job!’. All local, and many of them retired teachers, their knowledge of Browsholme and its history is extensive.
Each year they devote their time to showing our visitors round our home and sharing with them the stories and history of Browsholme, its contents and of the Parker family.
They all share a passion for Browsholme and we are indebted to them for their commitment. We couldn’t ask for better people to show you round.