Ilam Park, Ilam

#8 of 19 in Parks in Peak District National Park
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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  • August 18, 2017
    We spent an excellent few hours at this NT property, walking to the 'stepping stones' and beyond, enjoying the views. We had a nice late lunch on the lawn at the tea rooms. It was quite busy, but prob...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful garden, with a wide view of the Valley. Excellent grass and flowers everywhere, not to mention the bunnies. An enchanted place where spend time in absolute calm in nature, and where to go hiking through small passages in the hills among cows and sheep grazing.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Parked here as our base for walking to the Stepping Stones at Dovedale as it is free for National Trust members, what a truly beautiful and tranquil area. Lovely open space, tea rooms, plentiful parki...  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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