Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire.

As we set off on the drive to Shugborough we went through fog, torrential rain, more fog, more rain! As we neared our destination the clouds lifted a little and the rain stopped and by the time we had parked the car, the sun was trying to show. We had arranged to meet Edward and Wendy in the car park at 10.30 but we had a message to say they were stuck in a traffic jam so we set off to the cafe for a drink. We had a quick peep in the walled garden on our way down and these beautiful flowers met our eyes.

An hour went by before our friends arrived and it was nearly lunchtime so we summoned a buggy (Edward has knee problems) and it whisked us up to the house and cafe. They were gagging for a drink so we decided to have lunch and a catch up with each other’s news. Suitably refreshed we set off to look at the house. En route we looked into the laundry rooms and kitchens.

How would you like to clean all this copper?

Enough of the servant’s quarters and round to the mansion.

Before I take you inside I have to confess that I know nothing of its history apart from the fact that Lord Litchfield lived there until his death. I believe it originally belonged to the Ansom family……I’m sure Google will tell all! Since the National Trust took over the house completely, fairly recently…….it used to be part Nat.Trust and part council owned……..there are a lot of renovations taking place so you will see some building works and not too many rooms but come on in.

When we have visited before we have been round Lord Litchfield’s apartments and seen lots of his photos and his rooms but they are closed until next wednesday, sadly. This little room is the only tribute at the moment.

A lovely view looking over the garden.

We weren’t allowed upstairs so here is a little glimpse of the staircase and the rather wonderful screen at the bottom.

Look at these novelty lights in the room they are working on!

They were renovating the carpet in this room…….we couldn’t actually tell! A pretty room with a beautiful sparkly chandelier.

Apologies for the repeat ceiling photo!

A picture of old Shugborough is next followed by three more antiques……

On our way out we passed this.

We shall visit again when there are more rooms to see.

Out into a sunny afternoon so when I have eaten my apple I shall take you round the garden’

6 Responses

  1. gertie says:

    I love that first walled garden Cilla :-) It’s simply beautiful :love: :rose:

  2. Beanstew says:

    I must congratulate you Cilla, on the quality and detail of the blogs you do for us. For someone like me who rarely goes anywhere, it opens up a whole new vista, and I really do appreciate it. Like everyone else, I loved the wild flower meadow in the walled garden – but I did wonder about the demarcation line on the roof (picture immediately under the last kitchen photograph) – was it a different slate, or in the middle of being cleaned?

  3. cilla says:

    I’m really glad you enjoy these visits Bean, I enjoy sharing them. You are much more observant than me and I don’t know the answer to that question. I will ask OH if he noticed as he usually notices most things.

  4. VegVamp says:

    Oh Wow, again Cilla, just loved this visit too – I love all of them. :rose: Now, what I want to know about is that door half way up the wall in the kitchen! :confused: Wonderful walled garden and those novelty lights were amazing, hope the ceiling fittings are strong! Great photos and a narrative that made me feel that I was with you. But I missed your lovely, smiling, cameo appearance. :rose: Thank you again Petal.

  5. cilla says:

    You noticed something I didn’t Karen. I wonder what that door was too! I have some more gardens coming up in September, one night stays in Wiltshire and Norfolk…..just hope we don’t get your rain!

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