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Ettington Park (Ettington Hall)

  • Built / Designed For: Shirley family

    House & Family History: Ettington is a mid-19th century turreted Venetian and High Victorian Gothic (sometimes called Ruskinian Romanesque) style house built for the Shirley family of yellow, orange, and gray stone around the core of an earlier 17th century house. The Entrance Fa├žade features a porte-cochere flanked by pierced screen walls, symmetrical gables, and rounded and canted bay windows. Exterior sculptural reliefs by Edward Clarke (designed by H.H. Armstead) depict the history of the Shirley family and of nearby Sherwood Forest, in which the family had held land since before the Norman Conquest. The Gothic Library of 1820 contains a chimneypiece copied from one at Windsor Castle. The Dining Room contains a late 15th century-early 16th century doorway and an 18th century chimneypiece. Ettington is an example writ large of the influence of John Ruskin's seminal 1849 book, "The Seven Lamps of Architecture," which argued that the Decorated Gothic style was the highest form of architecture yet achieved. The Shirley family has let the House as a hotel since the late 20th century.

    Comments: The architects J.P. Seddon and John Prichard (a Welshman who was a pupil of A.W.N. Pugin) remodeled an older house, turning it into what Peter Reid, writing in "Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume II," calls "the most important High Victorian house in the county."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: There is a 17th century loggia in the grounds removed from Coleshill Hall, Warwickshire.

  • Architect: John Pollard Seddon

    Date: 1858-62
    Designed: Remodeled house, together with John Prichard, for Shirely family.

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    Architect: John Prichard

    Date: 1858-62
    Designed: Remodeled house, together with J.P. Seddon, for Shirely family.

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  • Title: Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume II: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire
    Author: Reid, Peter
    Year Published: 1980
    Reference: pg. 144
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110319
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Glory of the English House, The
    Author: Esher, Lionel
    Year Published: 1997
    Reference: pg. 165
    Publisher: London: Barrie & Jenkins
    ISBN: 0752904434
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "The Haunting" (1963 - as Hill House exteriors).
  • Past Seat of: Shirley family.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Hotel

    Ownership Details: House has been let by the Shirley family and is now the Ettington Parkl Hotel, a member of the Hand Picked Hotels Group.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01789-450-123

    Fax: 01789-450-472

    Email: ettingtonpark@handpicked.co.uk

    Website: https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No