3* Mercure The Telford Centre Hotel, Telford
This modern 3-star hotel is conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants and bars and the attractions, making it an ideal base for us to explore these National Trust properties from.
Free Wi-Fi Bar Restaurant En-suite bathroom Tea/coffee making facilities Telephone TV Safe Hairdryer Iron & Ironing board Onsite leisure facilities including a gym and an indoor pool
4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Glass of wine with dinner on the first night
Free use of leisure facilities
National Trust Property: Entrance to Wightwick Manor & Gardens with Cream Tea
National Trust Property: Entrance to Shugborough Hall
National Trust Property: Entrance to Sudbury Hall and Museum with Cream Tea
Image: Exterior view of Wightwick Manor and Gardens © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
We make our way to the hotel for tea/coffee when we arrive before dinner is served.
Wightwick Manor & Gardens
We make our way to Wightwick Manor & Gardens. Pronounced "Wittick", the house is one of a handful of buildings still standing today whose design was influenced by both the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts Movements. Explore a home full of Pre-Raphaelite art and William Morris interiors, lovingly collected by the building's constructors, Sir Geoffrey Mander and Rosalie, Lady Mander. We make our way to the old garage and stables were cream tea will be served during our visit.
We spend today at Shugborough Hall, a rare surviving complete estate, with all major buildings intact including mansion house, servants' quarters, working farm and walled garden. We explore the Georgian mansion, experiencing life below stairs as well as the world of glamour and royalty in the apartments of Patrick Lichfield, 5th Earl and fashion photographer, before discovering the parkland and Park Farm.
Explore the historic country home of the Vernon family and get to know some of the amazing characters who have moulded Sudbury over the centuries. Admire the beautiful plasterwork, carvings and of course the stunning Grand Staircase. There's also, The National Trust Museum of Childhood, situated in the Hall's old service wing is a delight for all ages, discover something new or relive nostalgic memories. Explore childhoods of times gone by, play with toys and share stories. Try your hand as a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian school pupil, and be captivated by the archive film and interactive displays. During our visit we enjoy a cream tea in Sudbury Halls old Coach House.
It's time to say farewell and head for home.