Attingham Hall, owned by the National Trust, is just 30 minutes from Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel. An elegant 18th-century mansion near Shrewsbury, with Regency interiors and a deer park. This is the most welcoming National Trust property we have visited – dogs and children are positively welcomed, with most of the outside areas accessible for dogs. And there are many areas to let them off their leads! The huge walled kitchen garden is gradually being brought back into production providing flowers and fruit and vegetables for the house. The garden and orchard were probably built at the same time as the mansion in the 1780s for the first Lord Berwick. The gardens provided the Berwicks with a constant supply of fruit, flowers, vegetables and honey. It’s still home to the Attingham bees who can be seen hard at work in the observation hive.
The house has also been much improved with ongoing restoration giving an insight into the Trust’s work. There are also tea rooms with lots of visitor information available.
The iconic columns of Attingham Hall’s portico are an impressive sight at the end of the drive. The herd of longhorn cattle, grazing around it give the whole scene a bucolic, 18th century look. The elegant Georgian drawing room at Attingham is furnished with 18th century Italian furniture, some of which belonged to Napoleon’s sister. The dining room at Attingham is arranged for a Georgian dinner party, complete with simulated candlelight, so that visitors to the house can see how it would have looked with its silver, china, ormolu, crystal, mirrors and porcelain glittering in candlelight.