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Acton Scott Hall

An Elizabethan mansion on a site formerly owned by Edric the Wild.

Acton Scott, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6QQ

Acton Scott Hall front
Accessibility

The main house reception rooms and gardens can be accessed on the level via gravelled paths and a gently sloping path. Some uneven flagstones in the basement. Walks to the rock garden are not suitable for wheelchairs or walking aids.

Accessible parking available.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Grade II* Elizabethan manor house set in the Shropshire hills with stunning views over Wenlock Edge. Oak-panelled reception rooms contain many interesting artefacts including Jacobean woodwork and friezes, unique fireplaces and fascinating family heirlooms. There is documented information on the excavation of a Roman villa on the estate carried out by Frances Stackhouse Acton in the nineteenth century. T.S. Acton (d 2020) was founder of the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum. A historical documentary TV series “Victorian Farm” was filmed on Acton Scott Estate.

Guided tour of the house and grounds led by members of the Acton family. The house tour includes part of the basement, with servants bells on display, and an exhibition room laid out according to the theme of each tour; the conservatory, drawing room, library and justice room on the ground floor, plus the hallway with Jacobean carving on the stairs. Some tours will include the Oak Room bedroom on the first floor, with fine carvings in the 17th-century wall panels and the bed. The tour of the grounds includes lawns and woodland paths to the secret Rock Garden.

Tours that are scheduled will be listed below. If none are scheduled yet, please check back later, or find other tours you might enjoy on our tours listing page here.

Accessibility

The main house reception rooms and gardens can be accessed on the level via gravelled paths and a gently sloping path. Some uneven flagstones in the basement. Walks to the rock garden are not suitable for wheelchairs or walking aids.

Accessible parking available.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

We really enjoyed our tour yesterday it is a beautiful house and Alison and Francis made us feel very welcome. They were both interesting, informative and the absolute opposite of the 'I'm just going through the motions' tour which we've suffered in the past. I thoroughly recommend booking a tour, and the lemon drizzle cake is fabulous!

A fantastic tour of a beautiful house and gardens, with lots of fascinating anecdotes and personal history from the charming hosts. Well worth a visit. Thank you!

Thanks so much for making us welcome at your beautiful house and home. Really enjoyed our visit.

A really interesting tour, full of history and stories! Well managed and great hosts! Definitely worthwhile.

Tour details

TOUR DURATION
2 hours

TOUR PRICES
£20.00 per person.

REFRESHMENTS
Tea/coffee/soft drinks with home-made cake

RESTRICTIONS
No photographs in the house, no stilettos, no dogs in the house.
We do welcome assistance dogs and their owners.

Current owners Francis and Alison Acton and their adult children live and work on the Estate. We manage the grounds and house with help from volunteers, friends and local experts when necessary.

Acton Scott Hall beautiful English house

Three-day painting retreat

Join expert local artist Vicki Norman for 3 days of exclusive access to the incredibly beautiful house and grounds of Acton Scott Hall in rural Shropshire. Paint the vibrant colours of early summer, surrounded by birdsong and rolling countryside. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to visit and paint the characterful private Elizabethan home of the Acton family. You will be spoilt for choice of subject with stunning architectural features, delightful gardens, a summerhouse, church and woodland walks to choose from. Take your time and unwind amongst the ancient trees and broad Shropshire vistas as you spend a full 3 days painting the beautiful surroundings.

Develop your painting skills with plenty of practical painting time and lots of helpful advice and guidance from Vicki who will be on hand all day to support your learning. Painters in all media and of all skill levels are welcome! (Complete beginners should take some time in advance to familiarise themselves with the practice of painting en plein air and the equipment required.)

Your fee includes 3 days of exclusive access to the beautiful grounds and parts of the house suitable for hosting painters, morning coffee and afternoon tea, comprehensive tuition and support in painting en plein air with a different theme and demonstration each day to inspire you.

For a real treat, you can now add on a stay in one of our three beautiful en-suite bedrooms. Optional dinner with the hosts, access to the private grounds and a delicious breakfast in the drawing room.

Visit https://www.actonscott.com/whats-on/painting-retreat to book.

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