Unusual follies, garden rooms and towers is the appeal of a stay on Weston Park country estate, which has now added a new experience to its portfolio of self-catered accommodation. The Victorian Wing was built onto the main house in 1866 to offer accommodation for visiting guests. Now it is being used as a self-catered stay for six guests with spaces that combine opulent bedrooms and contemporary living areas.
Weston Park has always been an estate for entertainment, but it was the 3rd Earl of Bradford and his wife Lady Selina that really put it on the map as a destination for social events, celebrations and parties. The addition of the Victorian Wing in 1866 was intended to provide accommodation for important guests in the lofty and well-proportioned south-facing bedrooms, whilst their servants would be accommodated in smaller north facing rooms along a passage running parallel to the main corridor.
The Maids Rooms, as they are detailed on the original plans, have been completely transformed so that together with the bedrooms in this wing of the house they offer a spacious self-catered apartment. The Maids Rooms are now a comfy snug, fun games room and modern kitchen; all stylishly redecorated using rich and contemporary colours.
The new lounge, games room and kitchen overlook the tranquil setting of Church Pool whilst the bedrooms overlook the gardens and out into Weston’s famous Capability Brown landscaping. In a further twist one of the main rooms, which was designed in the 1960s as a tented room by the 6th Countess of Bradford in an affect created by pleated yellow silk enveloping the walls and ceilings and inspired by Napoleonic Paris, has now been transformed into an elegant dining room.
All of the original bedrooms are individually decorated in relaxing palettes and with each having either an en-suite or private bathroom. They are spacious, well-proportioned rooms with armchairs, writing desks and beautiful original fireplaces featured.
Colin Sweeney, CEO at Weston Park says, “We have experienced increased demand for our self-catering holiday properties this year; our five cottages on the estate have been a haven for guests this summer and by adding this very quirky apartment to the collection it offers families or friends the opportunity to escape for a well-deserved break this winter in beautiful surroundings.”
Dotted around the Weston Park estate are the other self-catered hideaways; the Temple of Diana, Knoll Tower, Pink Cottage and the Gardener’s Bothy and Potting Shed.
Situated on the border of Shropshire and Staffordshire Weston Park is a destination in its own right, with extensive grounds and gardens, a restaurant and art gallery, adventure playground and miniature railway all part of the different aspects to be explored. Beyond the estate there are family attractions, market towns and museums to discover.
A stay for six at Weston Park’s Victorian Wing starts from £900.
For further information on the Victorian Wing please visit Weston-park.com/visit-weston/stay/Victorian-wing