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Pictures of Shugborough Estate

a Historic Building in the town of Milford, in the county of Staffordshire

About Shugborough Estate

Shugborough Hall with its vast surrounding estate has been the seat of the Earls of Lichfield, the Anson family, ever since it was built for William Anson, in 1624.

The house lies in a beautiful valley setting, the aspect is heightened by breathtaking views of the meandering River Sow as it lazily winds its way through the estate. The grounds are a dream, here you can see several dramatic monuments of national importance, including the handsome neo-classical arch which meets the skyline of the Shugborough estate. Other monuments include the notorious Shepherd's Monument of 1748, and the enchanting Chinese House.

Architecturally, Shugborough Hall is exceedingly elegant, since its inception various family members have made alterations and additions, changing the house from the home of a country gentleman to the imposing building, with a magnificent colonnaded portico of the late 18th century, that we see today.

A visit to Shugborough is tinged with reflections of the past, visitors will immediately feel the "sense of history" that prevails house and grounds. It offers you a unique opportunity to experience at close quarters a living, working, historic country estate, even to the point of being met by some of the characters who once formed the back-bone of Georgian and Victorian Shugborough. These include; a laundry maid, odd job man, ladies maid, cook, scullery maid, usher and a master miller and his wife. These friendly people are richly portrayed by the guides of the estate. They are all authentic characters from the past who spent their working lives at Shugborough Hall, this perhaps tells you something of the exciting time you can expect on a visit to this wonderful estate. Not only can you enjoy seeing a glorious, lavishly furnished and richly decorated mansion of which the focal point is probably the gloriously decorated "Red Drawing Room" with its ornate ceiling by famous plasterer Joseph Rose, but there are other imposing rooms with excellent French furniture, family portraits and sporting paintings. You will also find much of interest in the servants quarters, whilst outside there is a lovely walled garden, a lake with wildlife, park farm which depicts early 19th century dairy methods. Visitors will relish seeing the old mill powered by water from the mill pond, as the wheels grind the building is known to shake! Apart from this, all the family can enjoy a ride round the estate on "Lucy" the train.

Just as in centuries past, in the rolling parkland visitors can admire a diverse range of farm animals, including several rare breeds of livestock. In the shady wooded areas you can spot pheasant, grouse, squirrel and enjoy strolls along way-marked walks and trails. The gardens are designed to give year round colour, bright daffodils nod gently in spring breezes, summer sees scores of butterflies and bees buzzing around sweetly scented herbaceous plants, lavender and roses, and in autumn the park is a riot of bushes and trees, clothed in hues of orange, red and gold.

Shugborough Hall Estate offers everyone a memorable and happy day out, there is so much to see and do, you will be quite spoilt for choice, and for when you feel in need of a rest before sampling some other fresh experience, there is a delightful tea-room offering delicious dishes made using fresh ingredients from the estate.

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