Set in the rolling South Shropshire countryside near Ludlow with panoramic views, a magnificent late Victorian mansion and family home with a stunning oak carved, double height, galleried Great Hall.
Stokesay Court rose to fame as the setting for the Tallis House in the film "Atonement" starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.
The house was built in 1889 for John Derby Allcroft, a partner in glovemakers J & W Dent. The architect, Thomas Harris, deployed the most modern technological developments of the time.
Well preserved examples of some of the earliest electric lighting and heating are visible today. The visitor will discover an unusually unaltered and intact interior for a house of this period.
In WW1 the house became an Auxiliary Military Hospital for convalescent soldiers. Stokesay Court's remarkable hospital archive contains around 300 letters from soldiers and their families, and many official hospital documents.
After WW2 the house fell into gradual decline. John Derby Allcroft's granddaughter Jewell and her biographer husband, Sir Philip Magnus lived in one wing.
In 1994 a major contents sale took place following Jewell's death, and in 1995 her niece, Caroline Magnus, moved in and began restoring the house and refurnishing the interiors. The work is still ongoing.
Today's visitors get a glimpse of the Victorian past as well as experiencing the present day revival. There are also behind the scenes views of "Atonement's" setting and artefacts from the film.
Individuals and small parties can pre-book tours on the dates advertised on our website.
Tours starting at 2.30 pm April - September
Tours starting at 2pm - October
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Between Ludlow and Craven Arms, just off the A49 and close to the level crossing at Onibury.
Nearest stations are Ludlow or Craven Arms. 435 bus stops next to the level crossing on A49. The house is approx. one mile from the bus stop.
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
- Guide dogs welcome
A word from the owner
No two days are the same. I may be taking a tour, entertaining friends and family, laying fires and keeping them going in winter, organising events, making sure that there are enough supplies, shopping, supervising builders. There is never a dull moment and rarely enough time for rest and relaxation.
The house contains around 300 letters from WW1 soldiers containing moving stories of their daily lives.
Stokesay Court is a remarkable late-Victorian survival set within extensive grounds in the rolling South Shropshire countryside, with panoramic views across to Ludlow and the Clee Hills.
It was built for a wealthy Victorian manufacturer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who had made his fortune in the glove making business in partnership with the Dent brothers. Designed by Thomas Harris, the house was at the cutting edge of technology when it was completed in 1892, only six months before owner John Derby Allcroft's death. Equipped with a large boiler and under-floor heating, the house was one of the first private homes in England to have integral electric light, powered by large lead batteries. Much of the early technology has been preserved, nowadays mostly for display.
The landscaped gardens and grounds contain a fountain, grotto, woodland walks and a series of pools connected by cascades, rills and steps.
Specialist tours of the early technology as described above available for groups.
Stokesay is now probably best known for the 2007 award-winning film adaptation of Ian McEwan's best selling novel, “Atonement”, and its success has contributed considerably to the revival of the house. Many artefacts from the film remain on display.
Stokesay Court offers an elegant and distinctive venue for business gatherings and entertaining.
Total privacy, a relaxed atmosphere and graceful surroundings; Stokesay is the ideal setting for a successful and unforgettable corporate event.
The Great Hall and Dining Room are available for hire, either separately or in combination. Alternatively, a marquee may be sited on the terrace or front lawn. Excellent refreshments can be tailored to your needs by our recommended caterers.