Look forward to going back in time. Return and retreat to a time of Lords and Ladies, butlers and baronesses, chandeliers and champagne. Live like a Lord at stately Weston Park, haunt of prime ministers, poets and artists.
Built in 1671 in 1,000 acres of verdant Shropshire, Weston Park comes fully loaded for the 21st century, with an army of butlers, housekeepers and chefs behind the solid clunk of an oak door. Cavernous rooms echo with centuries of grand living.
Spark up the log fire in winter, throw open the doors to the Capability Brown gardens in summer, explore the wood-panelled library, sleep deeply in five-star bedrooms. Take a stroll across the lawns, take your tea in china cups, take your time to reflect, restore and re-energise in Weston’s glorious acres.
Acres of lawn yawn into Shropshire’s verdant backdrop. Capability Brown had a field day here. More intimately, the southern walled garden is the place to lose yourself. After the yew hedge maze, labyrinth and grass mazes, re-orient yourself in the sensory garden amid the cluck of chickens, beneath the boughs of the apple trees.
The northern walled garden, presided over by a Peter Walker bull sculpture, is home to the bleat of Jacob and St Kilda heritage sheep. A work in progress, the northern garden also promises a wild flower meadow, new contemporary sculptures and restoration of the gardener’s bothies. Relax, restore, renew in a rural idyll.
Vast and opulent, Weston is primed for a party. If you’d been dithering about a gathering of your clan, dither no more. Stop the search – you’ve found your venue. There’s space here to come together and spaces to escape and be apart.
In the panelled library, time seems on hold as you explore the battalions of books armed only with a brandy and a gentle sense of peace. All is right with the world, and the Old Masters that watch over you from the walls seem to agree.
Rooms are grand, yet they’re as warm and familiar as a hug from an old friend. There are tales to be told, log fires to be lit and award-winning cuisine to be sampled beneath glinting chandeliers.
Weston Park is a place to retreat, to live to the manor born, rekindle friendships, step aside and recharge. When you face the world again, a little piece of its serene majesty will stay with you.
This is the house that catered for the G8 Summit, that entertained Disraeli and helped broker the Northern Ireland peace deal. This is the house that welcomed poets and artists. This house knows about entertaining.
The man with the current culinary mantle is Guy Day. His menu is English with smatterings and shavings of classic French. Guy’s served time preparing dishes for the demanding patrons of the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh.
This is food that’s fresh and vibrant yet comforting and rustic at the same time. Try the guinea fowl with broad bean and roast-garlic ravioli.
For fine dining further afield head to Ludlow where, at the foot of the castle ramparts on the banks on the River Teme you’ll find Michelin-starred Mr Underhills.
There’s no shortage of choice in the bedroom department, and you won’t want for quality. Weston Park sleeps 56 in 28 bedrooms, so it’s primed for a party with plenty room to sleep off a heavy head.
These are the bedrooms you’d expect in a country-house, complete with some of the features you wouldn’t. Few hotels feel like home, yet Weston’s bedrooms achieve just that with their family heirlooms, antiques and period design.
Naturally, the luxury is laid on thick. If you can raise yourself from the thick mattresses and soft-cotton sheets, you’ll enjoy an en-suite or private bathroom and the cosy wrap of fluffy towels and robes. There’s a TV for a lazy lie-in.
Wander over to the windows for views of the formal gardens, Capability-Brown Parkland and the Temple of Diana. All bedrooms should look like this.
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