Updated: May 26
Situated only 15 miles from us is Dudmaston Hall, well known for its heritage, there’s an equal measure of modern thinking, tastes and culture which continue to shape the Hall and the wider estate today. The family rooms open from April to September and present a house of many contrasts. Dudmaston has been a ancient family home for over 875 years with a modern twist. Venture around the traditional rooms from the panelled entrance hall to the sunlit library,with stunning views over the garden, and Big Pool. Relax in the cosy Oak Room and flick through the family photo album. Wander up the sunny cantilever staircase and take a peek into the guest bedrooms with their unusual 1960's wallpaper. Lots too see in the home as well as around the home. You're welcome to explore the historic rooms at your own pace. Volunteer guides are happy to tell you the stories of Dudmaston, or answer any questions you may have, on your way around. The mansion is still a much-loved and lived-in family home. You might spot personal photos, muddy boots and perhaps a dog lead or two, on your visit. Mark, Elfrida, Oscar and Rachel, otherwise known as the Hamilton-Russell family, welcome you to enjoy and share in the beauty of this place, just as they do.
Art exhibitions in the galleries
Dudmaston is home to one of the most important private Modern art collections in Britain. Works include pieces by Moore, Matisse and Hepworth. Join a 'Cocktail of Art' tour to preview these works before the doors open. Tours run Sunday-Thursday at 11.30pm, ask at reception on arrival.
Our collection of modern Spanish abstract art is of international significance. This collection, by dissident artists in President Franco's Spain, including works by Clavie, Suarez, Millares, Munoz and Tapies and members of the El Paso group, is unexpected in this traditional, country house setting.
While-away your afternoon in the garden
Look out over Big Pool to the Clee Hills beyond. The garden's top view points change with the seasons, but the water, framed by ancient trees, is a show-stopper all year round. For more secluded areas, head to the American Garden. Join a tour (Sunday to Thursday), lead by our volunteer guides, to find out about the garden's plants and wildlife. The garden is a dog-free zone. Assistance dogs are welcome. The Dingle is a rare and important landscape, a feature typical of the Picturesque movement in garden design that first became fashionable in the late 18th century. The idea was to create an artificial landscape that looked natural, with paths, seats and bridges to encourage walkers to pause and take in the views.
Rest and refuel
Whether you're settling down to a leisurely lunch or need a pick-me-up before your walk, there are plenty of places to satisfy rumbling tummies at Dudmaston.