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Stokesay Court

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Craven Arms


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Stokesay Court was built for John Derby Allcroft, a wealthy manufacturer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who had made a fortune in the glove making business. Designed by architect Thomas Harris, the house was at the cutting edge of technology when it was completed in 1892, just six months before John 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. Aesthetically, however, Stokesay Court looks to the grandeur of the Victorian era. Behind its imposing Jacobean-style façade lies a magnificent interior notable for its stunning English Oak woodwork.The grounds contain a fountain, grotto, woodland and a series of pools connected by cascades, rills and steps. Wildlife abounds. Heron, kingfishers, dippers, newts, and even otters have been spotted in and around the pools.During the First World War Stokesay Court was used as an Auxiliary Military Hospital for convalescent solders and in World War II it served as a boarding house for evacuated Sussex-based Lancing College and then as a Western Command Junior Leaders’ School. Throughout all of this, the family continued to live there and the house has survived largely untouched to this day.Still very much a lived-in, private home, Stokesay Court found world-wide fame in 2007 as the Tallis Estate in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement.Visitors can now visit the house and grounds on pre-arranged tours. These are often conducted by the owner. The house is also a distinctive venue for both corporate and private events. Please visit our website for further information and news.Open for group visits (minimum 20) by appointment only. Individuals may book for advertised afternoon tours starting at 2.30pm. Please check the website for details. Alternatively,email or telephone 01584 856238. Please contact us direct for information on disabled access.

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By Road

From Stokesay Court is just outside Onibury, 5 miles north of Ludlow or 3 miles south of Craven Arms on the A49. For coaches, access is via the back drive off Green Lane. Follow the signs. There is ample parking.

By Public Transport

The nearest railway stations to Stokesay Court are at Craven Arms (3 miles) and Ludlow (5 miles). Both are served by a frequent Arriva Trains Wales service connecting to Newport, Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly for major rail routes. Taxis can be arranged from both stations. There is a local bus service to Onibury from Craven Arms and Ludlow

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Stokesay Court facilities include:

  • In countryside
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Smoking not permitted
  • Guided tours available for groups
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Booking essential
  • Groups accepted
  • Max group size
  • Min group size
  • Open outside normal opening times by appointment
  • Toilets

Stokesay Court accessibility includes:

  • Ramp/level access
  • Service dogs permitted (eg guide dogs)
  • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside main entrance
  • Flat route with no steps from parking area to entrance
  • Handrail by ramp
  • Handrail by steps
  • Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet
  • Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet suitable for wheelchair users

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