Kellynch Hall is the Elliot family estate and a symbol of the prestige of the baronetcy. As the family home, it is holds a special significance not only for the vain baronet, Sir Walter, and Elizabeth, but also considerable sentimental value for Anne, who is not insensible of the value of good family.
Nonetheless, Kellynch becomes the site of social change, as Sir Walter must rent it out in order to pay back the debts he has acquired from the extravagant expenses he felt entitled to as aristocracy. That Kellynch Hall then becomes the home of a wealthy naval couple, Admiral and Mrs. Croft, suggests that the social climate is changing for the aristocracy and opportunities for social mobility through meritorious work are opening up.
Kellynch Hall Quotes in Persuasion
Anne had not wanted this visit to Uppercross, to learn that a removal from one set of people to another, though at a distance of only three miles, will often include a total change of conversation, opinion, and idea. She had never been staying there before, without being struck by it, or without wishing that other Elliots could have her advantage in seeing how unknown, or unconsidered there, were the affairs which at Kellynch-hall were treated as of such general publicity and pervading interest.
[Anne] might not wonder, but she must sigh that her father should feel no degradation in his change; should see nothing to regret in the duties and dignity of the resident land-holder; should find so much to be vain of in the littleness of a town; and she must sigh, and smile, and wonder too, as Elizabeth threw open the folding-doors and walked with exultation from one drawing-room to the other, boasting of their space, at the possibility of that woman, who had been mistress of Kellynch Hall, finding extent to be proud of between two walls, perhaps thirty feet asunder.