The Lodges have been designed with conservation in mind and retain many original features of the beautiful Victorian building, which have all been painstakingly restored. Grand ceiling heights, oak panelling, sandstone corbels, cedarwood beams, ironwork and original tiling combine to make the Lodges a totally unique place to stay.
Ingestre village (pronounced Inn-guess-tree) lies in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside on the edge of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are less than two mile from Shugbourough Hall, the ancestral home of the Earls of Lichfield, now owned by the National Trust. Those interested in military history and WWI can visit the Commonwealth and German war graves at Cannock Chase as well as the nearby National Memoriam Arboretum.
For centuries Ingestre has been the home of the Chetwynd-Talbot family who in 1858 inherited the earldom of Shrewsbury. It still retains the feel of an estate village and many of the farm buildings attached to the Hall are listed as being of architectural and historical importance.
The Hall itself was built in 1613 by Sir Walter Chetwynd, a Member of Parliament and High Sheriff of Staffordshire. His grandson, also called Walter, built the adjoining Church of St Mary the Virgin in 1676 to a design attributed to Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul’s Cathedral and 50 parish churches following the Great Fire of London.