“ We see Stokesay Court as having a variety of locations in one place – from the main mansion, to the wings and separate outbuildings to the grounds and approaches. It is thus an extensive and evocative property of many different parts. Being a lived in home, but without the centuries of collected ephemera and not being open to the public day-in day-out, Stokesay Court is able to be flexible in its use, yet still be accessible and private. ”

Caroline Magnus

Architectural History

Stokesay Court is a late Victorian mansion in the Grand Victorian style, built for the philanthropic entrepreneur, John Derby-Allcroft, and completed in 1892. The architect, Thomas Harris, used his experience of designing industrial buildings to incorporate modern features into the fabric of the mansion. It was equipped with integral electric light and still has the original bell systems. The mansion, set at the heart of its historic gardens and park, is constructed around a central core and has three main wings: a gentlemens’ wing, a ladies’ wing at the opposite end and a service wing. It also has stable blocks and a stable courtyard.

Architectural Features

With a central core and various wings giving different atmospheres both inside and out – from intimate to grand, humble to more opulent – much of Stokesay Court is original and un-modernised, thereby containing a wealth of period features and details often lost in other properties in the 120 years since it was completed. Constructed in stone with bay and oriel windows to the front, the interior of the house is noted for its stunning English oak panelling and woodwork. Amongst more than 80 rooms are the fine panelled Great Hall with full galleried landing and central lantern light roof, as well as the Drawing Room, Dining Room and Billiard Room all decorated in the style contemporary with the main building. Some of the most exciting features are the original Stained Glass, a Port-Couchere, decorative plaster Ceilings, original Fireplaces, a magnificent Roofscape, the original Kitchens and Scullery, and the ‘abandoned’ attics.

Filming Attributes

There is a special and extensive flat car park / site area close to the house, and the house, gardens and stables are set in parkland well away from other buildings and roads giving a great deal of privacy. Being located on a hill, the views from the house and gardens are outstanding. With most of the contents of the house having been disposed of some years ago, there are fewer issues regarding location work in terms of specialist handling of works of art and the rooms are more easily available for open interpretation and varied use. The flat lawns allow the landing of helicopters and there is good vehicular access from the A49 and rail access to Ludlow.

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Topography

Set on a hill with breath-taking views of Clee Hill and beyond, the house has lawned terraces and gardens to the front and an enclosed entrance court to the rear. There are level areas as well as romantic pools and woodland walks and glades, a grotto, plus a sweeping drive from a contemporary lodge and gates. To the front of the house is a broad terrace with imposing steps down to the main gardens.

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Contact

Email: info@stokesaycourt.com

Phone: 01584 856238

Website: www.stokesaycourt.com/