Pitchford Hall & Tree House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Described as Britain’s finest half-timbered house, Pitchford Hall was owned by the Colthurst family for more than 500 years before being sold in 1992. Now on the ‘at Risk’ register, the house has been bought back by Rowena Colthurst and her husband, who are embarking on the massive task of saving it, following 25 years of neglect.
The house is named after a natural pitch well in the grounds. Prince Rupert hid from the Roundheads in the priest-hole here during the Civil War and Princess (later Queen) Victoria played in the Tudor-style treehouse.
The ‘restoration’ tours will include the main rooms on the ground floor, the priest-hole room and the Princess Victoria room.
The main rooms in the ground floor including the Great Hall, Dining Room and Drawing Room. Also Room A (priest-hole room) and Room B (Princess Victoria room). The Victorian Kitchen and General’s Quarters may be included on the tour but this will depend on their current state.
Evening tour in August includes Cava and canapes in the Hall or under the treehouse (depending on weather). Festive tours in December include house decorated for Christmas, mince pies and mulled wine.
Fantastic tour of the Pitchford Estate today – I can't wait to visit again and see the progress on this stunning project …We had a great day today, walking around the grounds on a beautiful spring day in good company including Dave our tour guide ... thank you for allowing us to share in your wonderful home. What you are doing is truly wonderful and it was a privilege to see the building at this stage.
Leave the A5 (Shrewsbury Bypass) at large roundabout. Take the Bridgnorth turnoff for the A458. Drive past the business park and you will come to Weeping Cross roundabout. Turn left continuing towards Bridgnorth on A458. After about 100 metres turn right signposted Pitchford. Drive along winding country road for 5 miles towards Pitchford Village. You will pass Cantlop Bridge and Cantlop garage on your way to Pitchford. After about a mile after the Cantlop garage (now disused) there is a hard left hand turn by a gatehouse (North Lodge to Pitchford Hall).
Turn down the lime tree drive for about 400 meters and just before the church you will turn into the carriage way drive of Pitchford Hall. Please park outside the Hall if there’s space, if not park next to the church or up the lime tree drive.
|Price||£19.00; evening tour on 8.8.18 and festive tours in December £25|
Tea and cakes in the Great Hall or on the lawn. Evening tour includes Cava and canapes. Festive tours include mince pies and mulled wine.
Ground floor only and there is access to the tree house. The Orangery will be more difficult but not impossible depending on scale of disability.