Fine art, equally fine dining and rustic cosiness are in abundance at this Staffordshire retreat. But it’s the impeccably kept grounds that make it a perfect head-clearing location for a corporate event
Weston Park was gifted to the nation in 1986 by the seventh Earl of Bradford, and is now owned by independent charitable trust, the Weston Park Foundation, whose diligent approach to the task is evident in every nook, cranny, hedge maze and rose garden. The fabulous sprawling estate whose 1,000 acres of verdant grounds – originally tamed and sculpted by landscape artist Capability Brown – straddle the counties of Shropshire and Staffordshire – is about as charming a rural getaway as they come. On the House’s walls can be found an internationally renowned paintings collection, including works by illustrious names from art history including Sir Anthony van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough and George Stubbs.
Local foodies flock here to enjoy the food of head chef Guy Day, whose fusion of seasonal local ingredients with fine international produce was exemplified by the loin of lamb, roasted garlic pomme purée, black olive tapenade and rosemary jus that Director enjoyed.
The settings in which to get down to business range from the formal Castle Bromwich Executive Boardroom to the more casual Music Room. But what makes Weston Park the perfect getaway for corporate entertainment is the privacy, beauty and tranquillity of the grounds. Standing on the roof terrace by the main building’s eastern façade, the visitor can gaze out onto what must be one of the most inspiring views in Britain: a vista of undulating parkland, cadenced by copses and lakes, culminating in a crest of land on the horizon topped by a line of trees and a hunting tower.
A minimum booking of 12 of the 28 individually charactered, antique-strewn period bedrooms is required for overnight stays, while up to 120 people can be catered for in one sitting. And you’ll know the fee is going to a good cause: the Weston Park Foundation has created a pastoral paradise – one which will leave guests, when asked how their trip was, answering: “Lush.”