History, charm and a beautiful park to explore at this intriguing property that boosts a wonderful, light-filled Orangery.
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights
Temple of Diana is listed in affiliation with Rural Retreats.
The Temple of Diana, built in the 1760’s for Sir Henry Bridgeman, is located within 1,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland on the Weston Park estate.The Temple is a masterpiece of the 18th century architect James Paine whose work can also be seen at Chatsworth and Alnwick Castle to name a few. Sir Henry Bridgeman inherited Weston in 1764, as grandson of Lady Anne Newport, sister of the 4th Earl of Bradford of the 1st creation. He started spending heavily on improvements to the House and wider estate. He ordered fine furniture in London, commissioned the stunning Gobelin tapestries from Paris and instructed the legendary ‘Capability’ Brown to landscape the park. It was Sir Henry’s vision that was to leave a lasting impression on the landscape at Weston. As a multi-purpose 18th century garden building, the Temple has many intriguing features which will be enjoyed by guests 21st century style; a three-bay glazed Orangery used for the cultivation of exotic plants with a spectacular outlook over the landscape; the circular Tea Room ,where the lady of the house would take tea and the Octagonal Music Room where the family would gather for recitals.
The Temple was undoubtedly integral to Brown’s plans, nestled in Temple Wood looking out onto the main house across the grounds, one of only five Pleasure Grounds conceived by Brown. The Temple’s north side was intended to be seen from across Temple Pool and was inspired by Andrea Palladio’s 16th century Venetian works and therefore gave the front and back of the building two very different architectural styles depending on how the visitor approached the estate.
The Weston Park Foundation, the independent charitable trust that now owns and maintains the estate is giving this very special property a new lease of life, balancing comfort and modernity whilst respecting its heritage. A short break in the Temple will be a truly unique experience.This spectacular estate is set to host a year long programme of diverse events to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of England’s most admired landscaper, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown(1716 – 1783) along with many other events throughout the year.
The house sleeps six, with three bedrooms, two en-suite shower rooms and one family shower room. Three of the rooms are circular. There’s a snug on the lower ground floor, plus of course a beautiful, three bay glazed orangery for enjoying plenty of light and a wonderful view of Weston Park.
On the food front, the delicious Granary Grill, Deli and Cafe are located within Weston Park serving a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner. Otherwise, locally sourced produce can be purchased from the well-stocked Deli, or there’s The Fox in Chetwyn Aston, that serves excellent food, however booking is advisable. There is an abundance of walks within the Park where you often spot an array of wildlife, or slightly further afield and you can walk up The Wrekin – a well-known landmark in the area or Cannock Chase, a huge area of parkland.
Weston Park’s Woodland Adventure Playground is the perfect day out for the children with slides, zip wires and a cargo net. The Miniature Railway, a mile long journey through the glorious grounds of the Park. Play a round at Shropshire Golf Club or fish with RH Fisheries Limited, one of their fisheries is located within Weston Park.The Granary Art Gallery is situated on the estate. Selling exhibitions by acclaimed artists from the UK and beyond, along with items on loan to the gallery from private collections. Other activities that Weston Park may be able to arrange for you are: archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry displays, 4×4 off-roading, quad and trail bikes, duck herding, ferret racing, hot air ballooning, horse drawn carriage rides and treasure hunts.
Birmingham (40 minutes)
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