Open days at Cronkhill
Hidden in the Shropshire countryside, Cronkhill is an unexpected vision of Italy. Built to resemble a stone Tuscan villa, the building was designed by architect John Nash and is the best known example of his Italianate villa designs.
A smaller property, with a selection of rooms open, means that admission to Cronkhill is by pre-booked timed ticket. Tickets are available to book on the What's On page of this website, click here to book.
Entry is free for National Trust members (you will still need to book a free timed ticket for each person visiting, you will be asked if you are a member at the booking stage and will need to bring your membership card with you on your visit).
For non-members admission charges apply, adults £5 and children £2.50, payment will be taken when you book your timed ticket.
There is no charge for under 5s visiting with you, and you do not need to book a ticket for them as they will be included on your member or non-member ticket.
On an open day you will be able to view a selection of rooms on the ground floor of this Nash designed Italianate villa, plus some of our tenant’s collection. Rooms on display are the Entrance Hall, where you will be able to see a fine example of a cantilevered type staircase, the Dining room which is still set up similar to when it was used by the Thomas 8th Lord Berwick and his wife Teresa who both lived at Cronkhill after they were married in 1919, and a Drawing Room which looks onto the loggia and stunning views across to the Wrekin. Finally, you will be able to see inside a small library room which was affectionately known by Teresa as ‘’Tom’s little library’’.
The gardens at Cronkhill are not presented and maintained to the period of the villa as this is a tenanted property open on selected dates.
External photography is most welcome at Cronkhill, where you can capture the beautiful architecture and stunning views out across the Shropshire landscape. Due to the house being tenanted and the contents belonging to the family, we ask you not to take any internal photographs.
Cronkhill is located on the road between the A458 at Cross Houses and the B4380 at Atcham. Find it with SY5 6JP.
During 2016 we undertook our Cronkhill Restored project. This major project has restored Cronkhill’s appearance back to John Nash’s original design. Originally painted in an 'ochre' colour, the villa had been repainted in the 20th century in white using a paint that was thought to protect the exterior of the villa, this colour remained until 2016. Recent developments in types of paint for historic buildings have meant that we are able to restore the original colour. Working to repair and rejuvenate the house, the non-breathable render has been removed from the exterior and has been replaced with a natural, clay-rich limestone variation of Roman Cement. Removing the render revealed a multitude of flaws and work to fix these has involved essential repairs to the roof, rainwater goods, windows and stonework, before it was finally restored to its original golden ochre colour.