The house (at rear) and the Gothic Lodge (foreground) from a 1750 engraving
Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house. Elizabeth I visited one of these earlier houses during her 1566 visit to Oxford.
Built / Designed For: Begun for James Tyrrell of Oakley and completed by his son, General James Tyrell.
House & Family History: The painter John Everett Millais was a friend of George Drury of Shotover Park. Drury was one of the artist's patrons and it was during a stay at Shotover in 1849 that Millais painted "Ferdinand Lured by Ariel," today in The Makins Collection. In the late 20th century, when Shotover was owned by the Miller family, the royal family were frequent visitors.
Garden & Outbuildings: During World War II there was a prisoner-of-war camp in the grounds.
Architect: William TownesendDate: 1724-25
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 2008
Reference: pgs. 616, 1051
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney
Author: Warner, Malcolm; Asleson, Robyn
Year Published: 2001
Publisher: New Haven: Yale Center for British Art
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade I
Current Seat / Home of: Stanier family
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Timothy Tyrrell, 17th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: James Tyrrell, 1715-18; Lieutenant-General James Tyrrell, 1718-42. Baron Augustus Schütz, 18th century; George Frederick Schutz, 18th century; Thomas James Schutz, early 19th century. Richard Vere Drury, 19th century; George Vandeput Drury, until 1849. George Gammie, 1850-71. Colonel James Miller, 19th century; Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Miller, 20th century; Alfred Douglas Miller, until 1933; Miller family here from 1871 until 2006.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Owned by the Shotover Trust.
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No