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Ilam Park, Ilam

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Ilam Park is a 158acre country park situated in Ilam, on both banks of the River Manifold five miles (8 km) north west of Ashbourne, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust. The property is managed as part of the Trust's South Peak Estate.(Ashbourne, the 'post town', is in Derbyshire and thus so is Ilam's postal address, but the Park, and Ilam, are in Staffordshire; the county boundary being the River Dove).The property consists of Ilam Hall and remnants of its gardens, an ancient semi-natural woodland — Hinkley Wood — designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), noted for its small-leaved and large-leaved limes and their hybrids.Ilam HallThe estate was owned from the 16th century, for over 250 years, by the Port family. It was sold to David Pike Watts in 1809. On his death in 1816, the old hall was inherited by his daughter who had married Jesse Russell. Russell (as Jesse Watts-Russell, High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1819 and Conservative MP for the rotten borough of Gatton) commissioned James Trubshaw to build a new Hall to designs by John Shaw; the Hall, now a Grade II* listed building, was built between 1821 and 1826.
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  • Beautiful walks along the river, great views of Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud, a NT shòp and tea room - a great place to spend a day, for aĺl ages  more »
  • We arrived around 11am and drove through the grounds to park. Sheep grazed at the side of the drive whilst young and old ventured out into the grounds and surrounding hills. It sounds idyllic, and it ...  more »
  • We took the trouble to read all the literature before our visit, we planed our day with this in mind and we we're not disappointed, we were however blessed with a very sunny day. Well worth a visit ju...  more »
  • Beautiful views, nice walks, gorgeous old building and quaint village. Dog friendly but must remain on leads due to the sheep. Tea room is a bit expensive so if your low on funds take a picnic, also need to pay for parking but it's a reasonable price. All funds go to the upkeep of the grounds and buildings.
  • Beautiful part of the country. Picturesque surroundings. Highly recommended.
  • Very good. Quite a 'wild' national trust nestled amongst the hills in the Peak District. Some formal gardens, but also lots of nice walks alongside the river and through the woods. Small shop and cafe.
  • Beautiful setting, great for families with a lovely tearoom!
  • Really nice manor in the middle in the peak District. Ilam is a really nice place with peculiar house to walk by. Worth a visit

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