Category: Country Houses (5)

Country Houses in Shropshire

A few miles south of Bridgnorth near the village of Quatt lies Dudmaston Hall, the family home of Mr and Mrs Mark Hamilton-Russell.

The hall is a National Trust country house dating back to the 17th Century and is set within beautiful Shropshire countryside and as such is surrounded by extensive woodland walks of varying lengths and encapsulating beauty. In particular, the stroll through The Dingle towards The Big Pool is simply enchanting…and the view breathtaking once you reach it.

The hall is open Sunday – Thursdays with tickets to the hall and grounds available to purchase at the entrance.  A limited number of walking trails (yet still wonderfully scenic) may be open on Friday’s & Saturday’s.

The Orchard tea-room provides everything from hot lunches and sandwiches to cream teas. Plus the kitchen garden supplies the tea-room with fresh produce  throughout the season – so check our daily specials for a fantastic local dish.

The Adventure play area allows children to burn off any excess energy whilst parents recharge their own, sitting close by with a cup of tea and slice of cake.

The stable courtyard is home to Hall’s own shop, and alongside the many things for the garden you can buy, specialises in gifts for the ladies.

During the local school holidays there are trails and craft activity days every Monday and Wednesday.

For information on prices or to arrange a guided tour, please see the National Trust website for more details:

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston-estate/

 

 

Dudmaston Hall

Dudmaston Hall, seen from across the Big Pool

Boscobel House, on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border was built in 1632, and converted from a farmhouse into a hunting lodge by John Giffard of Whiteladies. Giffard himself a Roman Catholic, Boscobel served as a place of shelter for other Roman Catholics (at a time when the religion was much persecuted)..

Following the death through execution of King Charles I in 1649, his eldest son Charles failed in an attempt to regain the throne. Young Charles was forced to flee for his life following defeat in the final conflict of The Cival War at Worcester.

The future King Charles II originally attempted to cross the River Severn into Wales, but found Cromwell’s patrols blocking his way. He sought refuge instead at Boscobel, hiding first in a tree which is now known as The Royal Oak and then spending the night in a priest-hole in the house’s attic. He travelled on in disguise via other safe houses before escaping to France.

Boscobel remained a working farm and visitors today can also see the dairy, farmyard, smithy, gardens, and a descendant of The Royal Oak tree. White Ladies Priory, now a ruin, another of Charles’s hiding places, is a short walk away and set in peaceful Shropshire countryside.

  • Discovering the future King Charles II’s hiding places, including ‘The Royal Oak’ tree and secret priest hole
  • Spectacular views over the fields on the two-mile round walk to White Ladies Priory
  • Exploring Boscobel’s history as a working farm and seeing the ducks and chickens
  • Visiting the education and family room where you can try on armour and dress as a Roundhead or Cavalier, get creative at the art table and try and guess the mystery object!
  • Victorian games in the garden including croquet, quoits, skittles and skipping ropes

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A still and peaceful winters day at Boscobel House

A still and peaceful winters day at Boscobel House

Stokesay Court is a magnificent Grade II* late-Victorian mansion imposingly set within extensive landscaped grounds in rolling South Shropshire countryside.

Stokesay Court

Unspoilt and secluded, Stokesay Court is still a lived-in, private home and open exclusively for pre-booked guided tours, which provide a unique opportunity to see a virtually untouched Late Victorian mansion interior. Set in stunning countryside just outside Ludlow with wide ranging views, the house is a rare, architecturally intact, survival.  The oak carved galleried hall and the intricate crafted detailing throughout are particularly noteworthy.

Stokesay Court was the location for the film “Atonement” and the specially commissioned decor and artefacts from the film are on display throughout the house and gardens. A guided tour includes behind-the-scenes insight to the filming of ‘Atonement’.

Stokesay Court, inside

Pre-booked guided house tours are available on selected dates or by appointment (for groups). GROUP BOOKINGS can be arranged up to two weeks in advance of the visit and can be scheduled to start at any time from 10 am through to 3.30pm. Guided tours start at 14:30. Individual places must be pre-booked (01584 856238) and cost £15.50 per head. Pre-booked tickets include guided house tour, tea with home baked cakes and gardens.  Further information and tour dates for individual bookings can be found on our website (see below).

Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds following the tour. We regret that tours are not suitable for young children.


Website: www.stokesaycourt.com
Email: info@stokesaycourt.com
Stokesay Court, Onibury, Nr Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9BD
Tel: 01584 856238

 

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Weston Park

Weston Park is a country house in Weston-under-Lizard on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border. Set in more than 1,000 acres of park landscaped by Capability Brown, it is the former ancestral home of the Earl’s of Bradford.

There are the delightful formal gardens and a variety of woodland walks. Children will also love the miniature railway and Woodland Adventure Playground.

In the house itself, there are guided tours and free flowing tours. An internationally acclaimed art collection is on display. For the children, the indoor activity room has a wide range of activities from dressing up, board games and a traverse climbing wall for kids to practice their mountaineering skills.

Food lovers are spoiled with local produce and home cooked meals, from light bites in the Deli to lunch or dinner in the Granary Grill.

DID YOU KNOW?

For those looking for something a little bit special, The Temple of Diana at Weston Park can be booked for an exclusive holiday or short break.

MORE INFORMATION

For information on forthcoming events and opening times, please visit the Weston Park website.

 

 

Attingham Park is an elegant 18th century mansion set in an extensive deer park. It’s just a few miles east of Shrewsbury near the village of Atcham.

Now managed by the National Trust, it offers miles of beautiful walks, through the grounds, woodland and walled gardens. Overlooked by The Wrekin, the deer park provides a safe environment for the 180 semi-wild deer and thus plenty of photo opportunities.

Built for Lord Berwick in 1785, it remained in ownership by the family for more than 160 years. Whilst some of the wealthy family owners heaped opulence on their majestic home, others struggled to maintain the grandeur and neglection set in. It all provides a fascinating story.

The mansion, which is at the heart of the 640 acre estate, includes the impressive gallery and Dining Room, already set for an evening banquet of the highest order. Take a tour of the Boom Beach Apk download mansion and see the delicate decorative scheme in the Boudoir, which has recently been revealed. Renovation of the mansion continues to this day, and restoration of the precious Nash Roof can now be seen, also on the tour.

Visit the walled garden and see the fruit and vegetables growing that can be sampled in the restaurant and tea rooms or simply buy some to take home.

There’s a large outdoor play park area for children, with plenty of space to play, even on the busiest of days.

There’s the cafe and shop and plenty of picnic spots across the estate. Attingham Park is also wheelchair and family friendly, with facilities provided for both.
For more information, see the Attingham Park page on the National Trust website.

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