Enchanted wooded parkland, sweeping gardens and a house with a surprise, Dudmaston is the family home of Mr and Mrs Mark Hamilton-Russell, and 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. The gardens provide amazing vistas while the orchard is a great place to relax and for the children to let off steam. For more stunning views and nature head to Big Pool and Dingle woods. Find out what’s in season in our Kitchen Garden and try it for yourself in the tea-room.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Braille & large print guides, taped tours, hearing loops
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Park, tea room & shop open 16-31 Mar, daily 11.30-5, galleries 1-5, gardens 12-5; Hall open Apr-Sep, daily 1-5.30 (Sun 2-5.30); Park, tea room & shop open Apr-Sep, daily 11-5.30, gardens 12-5.30; Park, tea room & shop open Oct, Sun-Thu 11.3
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About the area
Perhaps nowhere else in England will you find a county so deeply rural and with so much variety as Shropshire. Choose a clear day, climb to the top of The Wrekin, and look down on that ‘land of lost content’ so wistfully evoked by A E Housman. Peer through your binoculars and trace the course of Britain’s longest river as the Severn sweeps through the county, from the Breidden Hills to Wyre Forest, slicing Shropshire in two. To the north is a patchwork of dairy fields, hedgerows, copses and crops, broken at intervals by rugged sandstone ridges such as Grinshill or Nesscliffe, and dissected by a complex network of canals.
Spilling over the border into neighbouring Cheshire and North Wales is the unique meres and mosses country, with serenely smooth lakes glinting silver, interspersed with russet-tinged expanses of alder-fringed peat bog, where only the cry of the curlew disturbs the silence. South of the Severn lies the Shropshire Hills AONB. It’s only when you walk Wenlock Edge that you fully discover what a magical place it is – glorious woods and unexpectedly steep slopes plunge to innumerable secret valleys, meadows, streams and farmhouses, all tucked away, invisible from the outside world.
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