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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

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Historic Houses members must pay for entrance for this property.
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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.

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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.

The Acton family are restoring parts of the house, gardens and woodland. The basic layout of the gardens and much of the planting from 1807 is still represented in the lawns, ancient trees, archery ground, former flower garden, walled garden and secret garden, (known as the Rock or Quarry Garden). The house is adjacent to the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, as seen on Victorian Farm, which was the brainchild of Mr Thomas Stackhouse Acton (d 2020). Mrs Lucy Acton (d 2019) left a comprehensive account of the history of Acton Scott Hall, the Estate and family members in the form of unpublished books. They offer a wonderful insight into the past of this tranquil and timeless gem.

Enjoy a 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.

Ingenuity and Entertainment – a Grand Day Out

Join the owners of two magnificent Shropshire country houses on an interactive tour of their unique homes, including lunch and afternoon tea. At Stokesay Court learn how the house was built with cutting edge technology, much of which has stood the test of time in the modern world, then a short drive takes you to Acton Scott Hall, where the Acton family will entertain you with an interactive demonstration of their wonderful collection of music machines. Click on the tour dates below for more information and to book.

Sat 1 Jun 2024

Sat 10 Aug 2024

 

Group Visits

To book a group visit, please email pat.jacobs@historichouses.org, or ring 01284 827087.

for the latest information.
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.

Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Acton Scott Hall

Acton Scott Hall

Acton Scott Hall

Acton Scott Hall

Acton Scott Hall

Acton Scott Hall

“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!”

"We have had such a superb visit today and Alison and Francis have such a mammoth task restoring their property and grounds, that I know that every penny they receive will go to a very good cause! I have to say, having now visited at least five properties that the four visits led by the owners, striving to ensure that the property survives for subsequent generations, stand out. Their love for their home and innate knowledge of its history, weighed down by the burden of responsibility for it’s survival, give so much more authenticity and enjoyment to the tour than the one which was led by a volunteer."

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Francis and Alison Acton

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 grounds

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