A casualty of fashion
As grand as it seems, the house is in fact only the servants' wing of an even larger house built in the mid 15th century by the Bonville family.
The rest of the house fell victim to the wealthy and fashion conscious Sir John William de la Pole who bought the estate in 1787. He built a new Shute Barton a ¼ mile further down the road.
A perfect party venue
In 1829 an extravagant coming of age party for Sir John George Reeve de la Pole was held. It's said that the celebrations went on for three days and nights with 20,000 people attending.
Two oxen were roasted whole in the open air, the spit that was used hangs in the kitchen at Shute which is said to have the largest fireplace in England.