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, through Staunton Hardwoods, 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.
Sunshine and rain; this has been an exceptional year for tree growth. Some of the young oaks behind the Deersheds on the Staunton Ridgeway are more than eight feet high. They were planted as two foot whips in December 2016, with help from all of our sixteen grandchildren. The Dubai contingent spent Christmas with us that year, but now they are here permanently, running an hotel near Hay on Wye.
‘Etiolated,’ there’s a good word. It refers to plants, in my case trees, which are drawn up long and spindly through being grown too close together. It’s a condition we risk creating in some of the woods at Coleorton, planted after opencast coal mining some twenty five years ago. To prevent it we need to fell more than half the trees, giving the remainder room to expand their crowns. This also lets light through to the forest floor, benefiting plants and living creatures, including ourselves; I always find myself drawn towards a dappled clearing.
Luckily there is a good use for the trees we take out as logs for open fires and wood-burning stoves. At our sawmill we cut, dry, and deliver more logs than anyone hereabouts, and this year all our timber is coming from woods in the National Forest.
These scattered woods at Coleorton are rented out for a range of quiet occupations; family woods, archery, even husky racing. At present we have two small woods available to rent. Please email me if this could be of interest.