Walcot Hall Summary
- Address: Lydbury North, nr Bishops Castle, SY7 8AZ (Map)
- Tel: +44 (0)1588 680570
- Fax: +44 (0)1588 681030
- Owner: C.R.W. Parish
- Administrator: Maria Sawyer
- E-mail: Click here to contact
- Website: Go to the Walcot Hall website
Walcot Hall Description
Walcot Hall goes back to Tudor times and is the historic home of Lord Clive of India, enjoying a spectacular setting within the rolling Shropshire hills. He acquired the estate from Charles Walcot who was pushed into the sale by his rascally uncle, Sir Francis "Hellfire" Dashwood no less. A free standing Ballroom, built by Robert Clive's grandson around 1800, remains a feature of the estate, and the 1763 house re-designed by Sir William Chambers is to this day essentially the same perfect Georgian elevation. The Stables sport handsome twin bell towers.
The gardens, which command 30 acres of the estate, are magnificent and include one of the finest Arboretums in Britain. There is an ongoing planting programme of trees, all of which join a notable Douglas Fir of gigantic proportions, planted by Lord Powis in 1842.
Walcot Hall overlooks the village of Lydbury North in South Shropshire. It operates today as a family home but also offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience what it might be like to live on a country estate. From the moment you surmount the bridge between the lakes and approach the lime-tree fringed drive towards the Hall, you can let yourself be transported into a world where the daily stresses of modern life are studiously sidelined.
As a private home Walcot Hall opens to the visiting public on two days a year, at the same time as the annual gardening opening. At other times private tours can be arranged by appointment for parties of 16 or more guests. At certain times during the year the dining room and main reception hall may be hired for exclusive functions such as special occasion dinners, musical events or exhibitions. The beautiful historic venue is also available for hire as a period location for films or television documentaries.
Walcot Hall frequently hosts events which include theatrical and cultural occasions as well as corporate requirements. The Ballroom is one of the great assets for such happenings and can be hired for private functions too with capacity for up to 150 people.
Another of Walcot's strengths is a series of eleven apartments located in estate buildings where those looking for a longer period of peace and reflection against a background of this outstandingly beautiful private estate, can settle in for weekend, mid-week and weekly sojourns with family and friends. Local names distinguish all apartments, each of which possesses its own character and is furnished with exquisite taste and comfort.
For those seeking something a little different a number of Showman's caravans, a robust timber, converted estate building, and other rural retreats could meet less demanding needs. A call to the Administration Office will tell you more.
As a setting for a wedding reception Walcot Hall has to be amongst the finest on offer. Three splendid rooms within the Hall are licensed for Civil Weddings. In addition Religious Blessings and Alternative Partnerships are welcomed at the Hall. Attention down to the last detail, important for any occasion but never more so than at a wedding,is paramount. For example the Dirwan bridal suite, an exercise in romantic bliss, is tucked away within the family's private quarters, and everything possible is done to create a sense of occasion in accordance with the wishes of those concerned.
Wedding receptions for up to 200 people can be comfortably accommodated. Accommodation for up to 65 guests is available within the self-catering holiday apartments, 12 more slightly hardier souls in the Hidden Treasures, and there is a wide range of other forms of accommodation within the neighbourhood.
Within the grounds is a mile-long lake and two stocked fishing ponds where daily fishing permits can be arranged. The privately run Walcot Stables, also within the Park, can accommodate the needs of any level of riding ability, and the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding countryside on horseback is not one to be missed.
Walcot Hall Caravan and Camping Park is immediately behind the Powis Arms public house has 12 pitches for touring caravans, each with electrical hook up and additional space for tents.
More information is available on their Website, including details on how to book their holiday apartments.
In 32 years of managing stately homes I can say that I have never encountered a privately owned and run historic estate that has so successfully come to terms with the obligations and opportunities that exist for wider enjoyment by all, in a way that enhances rather than threatens the means of so doing.
Opening Times - 2012
- All year: daily except Saturdays, 12 noon - 5 pm
- 3rd & 4th June, check for details.
- Tours can be arranged for groups of 16 or more and cost £6 (including tea and cake) per person. Tours need to be pre-booked and can take place on all days except Sundays. The tour takes about an hour and you are then free to explore the gardens and Arboretum.
Admission Prices - Arboretum - 2012
- Adult - £3.50
- Senior - £2.50
- Group - £3.50
- Children (under 15) - Free
Your Reviews of Walcot Hall
Glenn Roderick (23 September 2012)
Bags of character. A certain charm in the faded glory of the place. The grounds are stunning and the location for a wedding cannot be bettered. We loved the two days here but others were less complimentary about the drafty rooms and ancient plumbing. Don`t expect en-suite luxury and designer furniture. The place is a bit Downton Abbey with a little dash of shabbiness.
Mary Sroczynski, nee Walcot (23 May 2007)
Love going back to my 'ancestral home'. The open day in May is a real treat - a quirky place with lovely gardens. The Parrish family have always been very welcoming to Walcots from all over the world and as a trustee of the family archive I would thoroughly recommend a visit to this wonderful place.
Additional Info for Walcot Hall
- Dogs allowed
- Disabled Access
- Live Entertainment
- Car Parking
- Historic Houses Association
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