Staunton Harold Estate is nestled in the beautiful North West Leicestershire countryside just outside the market town of Ashby de la Zouch. A traditional country estate Staunton Harold is one of our favourite places to visit!
At over 2000 acres this historic and vast estate is a thriving and working family business. Much of the land is let to local farmers however the very heart of the estate is open to the public. We thought we share our top 5 reasons to visit this wonderful piece of the English countryside!
Staunton Harold Hall
Nestled in the heart of the estate is the imposing and stunning residence that dates back to the 16th century! The hall was originally home to the first Earl of Ferrers (and 12 earls thereafter). In 1954 having been scheduled for demolition the hall was rescued by Leonard Cheshire and was used as a care home for the elderly until 2003, when the current owners turned this grand Georgian Manor House back into a family home. The owners current reside in the west wing with the remainder being used for special events such as weddings and a unique business centre called Lion Court. Tours of the hall can be made by arrangement.
Staunton Harold Church
Dating from the 17th century Staunton Harold Church once served the whole hamlet of Staunton Harold. Now under the care of the National Trust this beautiful gothic style Church is a definite must see when visiting North West Leicestershire. Set next to the hall and lake it is an impressive sight and a rare find from the era!
Ferrers Centre for the Arts and Crafts
This unique centre began life in 1955 when the old stables, blacksmiths studio and granary were purchased from the then owner of the estate. Lovingly restored over a period of twenty years the buildings became home the Ferrers Centre for the Arts and Crafts in 1974. Now home to 16 local enterprises including an artisan bakery, artist galleries, vintage toy shop, model makers and the Staunton Stables Tearoom which serves hot and cold drinks, hearty homecooked meals and delicious cakes! Its a perfect place to visit to enjoy a game of giant chess and coffee and cake in the sunshine!
Walking and Cycling
Staunton Harold has become a very popular destination for walkers! The walking through history routes are a great place to start. With three routes to choose from, there is a walk for most abilities. You will be treated to some lovely sights along the way including the Dimminsdale Nature Reserve.
Staunton is also a popular spot for cyclists. There are great routes available online, such as the Melbourne to Staunton Hall circuit. This is a relatively easy route which would suit those with a fair cycling level. This route take you the not only through Staunton Harold but some of the beautiful countryside nearby include Calke Abbey!
Exploring the Lake
At the heart of the estate next to the hall is a beautiful lake that is home to an array of wildlife. You can feed the ducks and wonder at the lillipads. During spring and summer the lake is surrounded by vibrant wild flowers and blossoming trees. There is a bridge that crosses the lake and makes a perfect viewing point!
There are so many great things to see and do at Staunton Harold Estate! These are just our top picks. There is also a fantastic garden centre onsite and a number of stand alone businesses.
Good to know –
Parking is available onsite for £1 per car
Places to stay –
Why not make a weekend of it! There is accommodation available onsite. Deerpark Lodge is a lovely cottage nestled in the tranquil woodland of the estate. Perfect for a relaxed getaway!
There is also some fantastic places to stay nearby. I have listed several below:
– Donington Park Farmhouse (campsites and pitches also available)
– The Priest House Hotel
– Beechwood Park
– Swainswood Leisure Park
Things to do nearby –
As well as Staunton Harold Estate there is also lots of other great family friendly activities to do nearby! Here are just few:
– Staunton Harold Reservoir (a Severn Trent water catchment area)
– Calke Abbey
– Donington Racecourse
– East Midlands Airport and the Aeropark
– Breedon Church
– Ashby Castle
– Moira Furnace
– Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre
Staunton Harold Estate really is a great place for the whole family! I hope you find this helpful when planning your visit to North West Leicestershire!
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