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Late 17th-century mansion surrounded by a lakeside garden and estate
Dudmaston offers something unexpected in the Shropshire countryside, a house that provides a classical setting for a collection of modern and contemporary art. The modern art galleries were assembled by diplomat Sir George Labouchere, while his wife Rachel showed off her collections of botanical drawings and watercolours.
Outside, the established gardens are a stunning backdrop to art sculptures. The Big Pool is the perfect setting for a light walk with stunning views of the house. The new play area and the Orchard are the perfect places to let the kids loose to enjoy themselves.
The wider estate offers miles of walking routes that can be enjoyed year-round from the new car parks at Hampton Loade and the Holt.
We received a phenomenal number of entries for our first photographic competition ‘Dudmaston in Focus’. Our judges spent a very wet Thursday afternoon working their way through four very large categorised piles of photos to find winners for our 2015 calendar; the overall winners for each of our categories; and winners for our memorial book and tearoom exhibition. Got some spare time on a Saturday or Sunday? Come and see the exhibition for yourself.
Art was important to Sir George and Rachel, Lady Labouchere who entrusted the care of Dudmaston to the National Trust. But they had differing tastes and created the galleries whilst living here to house the botanicals and modern art collections we have today.
The galleries have now undergone a refurbishment and we have an artist in residence who has chosen some of her favourite pieces from our collection. Take a look at what she has chosen and why and see if you agree.