An insider glimpse of English country style

Get up close to 17th-century decor on a study day at Weston Park

Get up close to 17th-century decor on a study day at Weston Park

If you're considering an English country scheme for your next interiors project, what better way to get ideas than study how the masters of yesteryear did it?

Next week Weston Park, the former Shropshire seat of the Earls of Bradford, will open its doors for a one-off study day, allowing visitors to take a close look at its stunning interior decor for the first time.

The house, which was built in the 1670s, has links with a impressive roster of craftsmen and designers including Thomas Chippendale, John Fowler, the architect James Paine and landscape designer Capability Brown.

Visitors will be led in a discussion and tour of the house by the curator of the Weston Park Foundation, Gareth Williams, who is currently overseeing the full restoration of the drawing room to its original 1860s design.

Gareth will talk through the evolution of the house's interiors from Rococo swags to pared-back neoclassical designs, and will show guests mood boards and plans for current projects. A peek at the newly decorated School Room and Porch bedrooms, not usually on view to the public, will also be part of the tour.

The day also includes a two-course lunch in the grand dining room and a chance to see Weston's outstanding collection of art, which includes work by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Hans Holbein and rare porcelain by Worcester, Derby and Wedgwood.

Here's to some Downton-style inspiration...

'Paint, Paper and Plasterwork' study day at Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Shropshire, Tuesday 18th February, 10.30am-4pm.

Tickets are £52 per person. To book call 01952 852100 or email

Interview: Sarah Moore, winner of BBC's The Great Interior Design Challenge
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