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An old family home with a modern twist...
Enchanted wooded parkland, sweeping gardens and a house with a surprise, Dudmaston is something unexpected in the Shropshire countryside. A much loved home for over 875 years you will find the family rooms scattered with photos and perhaps an odd pair of shoes or two peeping out from under a table. The unexpected galleries create a total contrast, with their formal, crisp lines. They were designed by the last owner, Rachel, Lady Labouchere, to house her and her husband’s differing modern and traditional collections of art for the visitor to peruse.
The gardens provide amazing vistas and tranquillity while the orchard is the perfect place to relax and for the children to let off steam. For more stunning views and getting up close to nature head to Big Pool and Dingle woods, while the wider estate provides extensive walking routes for year round enjoyment.
Dudmaston Hall is the family home of Mr and Mrs Mark Hamilton-Russell.
• Meander through the Dingle and compare views past and present.
• Take a stroll around Big Pool for uninterrupted views of the Hall.
• Collect the gardener’s diary from outside the stable block and enjoy all the beauty that the garden has to offer in our top 10 trail.
• Find out what’s in season in our Kitchen Garden and try it for yourself in our tea-room.
• Take a seat in the oak room and browse the family photo album
• Enjoy a travel through the Hall with the Labouchere’s on their diplomatic journey.
Volunteer with us in 2015
Looking to take up a new hobby for 2015? How about volunteering at Dudmaston? We offer a wide variety of roles from helping to keep the gardens looking fantastic, giving our cake supplies a boost in the tea-room or engaging our visitors in the Hall. From hands on practical roles to face to face, there is bound to be something you will find challenging and enjoyable. You will also become part of our great team of over 160 volunteers, with all the social and interactive opportunities that this brings.
Not sure what you might fancy? Join us at our recruitment drop-in session in the tea room on Wednesday, 4 February between 10.30am and 12.30pm. You’ll have the opportunity to chat to staff and current volunteers about what roles are available and what they entail. No need to book, just drop in and see us on the day. If you can’t make it but would like to know more give us a call on (01746) 780866.
Winter walks and re-awakening
Although the Park, Gardens and Hall are now closed for the winter you can still enjoy a walk on the wider estate. Car parks are situated at Hampton Loade and The Holt Sawmill (on the Claverley lane opposite the Hall entrance). Visit our walks page to down load a route map.
We hope you will join us for our Snowdrop weekends on the 13, 14 and 20, 21 February where the Dingle, play area and tea room will be open. It’s always a popular event to get out and stretch the legs as the winter starts to fade!
Meanwhile,behind the closed gates there is a veritable hive of activity, with re-wiring, replanting and a new exhibition being installed in the Hall. We can’t wait to share it with you when we re-open on the 15th March 2015.