Ancient High House, Greengate Street, Stafford, ST16 2JA
The Ancient High House is one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country. Once dominating the skyline of Stafford, it is the largest remaining timber framed town house in England.
Royalty was welcomed to the house in 1642 when King Charles I stayed there en route to Shrewsbury, and the house retains an extensive collection of period furniture and architectural features. It is also the home of the Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum.
Izaak Walton, author of the 'Compleat Angler', owned this charming cottage that nestles in the tiny hamlet of Shallowford, between Stafford and Eccleshall. His charming thatched 16th century half-timbered cottage will be of interest to anglers and non anglers alike.
It offers a marvellous insight into the history of fishing and the literary talent of Stafford's famous son. Enjoy the Medieval herb and rose garden and picnic in the heart of Staffordshire's countryside.
Sandon Hall, ancestral home of the Earls of Harrowby, sits astride high ground overlooking the Trent valley amidst 400 acres of rolling parkland. Completed in 1854, the imposing Hall, with its 50-acre formal gardens, is a grand, yet tranquil, setting. It is the ideal location for an array of functions, from wedding receptions and parties to conferences and outdoor events. With all events hired on an exclusive basis and with high-quality service at all times, any event at Sandon Hall will live long in the memory.
Shugbrough Hall Estate, Shugborough, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17 0XB
Situated in a river valley in the heart of Staffordshire, Shugborough’s location is decidedly magical. It is little wonder that the Anson family should choose this idyllic setting to create the grandeur that is now this important estate.
This prominent vantage point and strategic site was quickly recognised by the Normans, who built a huge timber fortress here by 1100 AD. Originally built by Robert de Toeni, (later known as Robert of Stafford), in the Norman period, Stafford Castle has dominated the local skyline for over 900 years.