Welcome to Staunton Harold Hall
The Staunton Harold Estate is a traditional country estate of some 2000 acres, centred on the great Georgian mansion, Staunton Harold Hall. Family run, and ‘hands on’ in its management style, the estate has embraced modern uses for its diverse assets. The Hall itself became a family home again in 2003, after fifty years of institutional use. With some eighty three rooms, the main building easily accommodates three generations of our family. Son-in-law, Tony Cantrill, has taken over the West Wing, now converted into high quality managed offices and conference facilities, known as LION COURT. The suite of fine ‘State Rooms’ on the east and north front lend themselves to large functions, and here we host weddings and other events up to twelve times a year. Our family’s involvement with Staunton Harold began in 1955, when we purchased the three farms at the core of the estate. These included the large Georgian stable block, which stood abandoned and ruinous. We put it in good repair, and in 1974 began its conversion to craft workshops and studios. Now known as the FERRERS CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CRAFTS this is a true ‘making’ centre with some eighteen businesses covering a range of disciplines. Most of our land is let to local farmers, but the four hundred acres of woodland we manage ourselves with a forestry team based at our estate sawmill. From here we sell firewood through the TEN MILE TIMBER COMPANY, and sawn material, mainly oak and larch, cut to customers’ requirements. Our family business centres around maintaining and renting out property and a recent addition to this, built from our own timber, is DEERPARK LODGE. This is a holiday cottage, sleeping six, set among trees on a hill above the Hall. The hamlet of Staunton Harold includes a garden centre, in separate ownership, and a fine 17th century church, now in the care of the National Trust. We have become something of a walking and cycling centre, with adequate car parks and restaurants and seven routes radiating from the settlement.
Can it be true? The case I have championed for more than twenty years has finally triumphed. In the lead-up to the vote, it was the topic of very conversation, and nearly everyone I spoke to was for ‘out’, but still I couldn’t believe that the country as a whole would ignore the warnings of the great and the good. it is a triumph of British ‘bloodymindedness’ over the bully-boys.
Now the political parties are in turmoil, the country in uncharted territory, A few have reacted badly – I was dismayed by Nigel Farage’s triumphalist rant in Brussels – this was an occasion for magnanimity. We must wait for the dust to settle. What can individuals and businesses do to help? Invest in and back Britain I suggest. Our little team on the Staunton Harold Estate has recently taken on four new people on a full or part-time basis. We are busy on all fronts, frustrated by bureaucracy. Will Brexit change that? For me this would be the biggest prize.