Ingestre Pavilion

Tixall, Staffordshire

Overview

The building is approached along a forest ride which opens up to a long vista as designed by Capability Brown. Ingestre Pavilion’s imposing façade dates to 1752 but behind it there are new rooms constructed in a Classical style on the old foundations.

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Beds 2 Twin 1 Double

Sleeps
6
4 nights from
£411 equivalent to £17.13 per person, per night

Arrive along a woodland drive

Guests approach the building now from the side along a forest ride that sits between plantations to the Trent. Yet the long vista is as it was when Capability Brown drew up a scheme for ‘an Intended Lawn’ for the second Viscount Chetwynd of Ingestre Hall in 1756. The Pavilion was already there by then, added in about 1752 to an earlier, more formal layout. The façade is powerful and distinguished, and curiously, for nearly two centuries it had been little more than that. By 1802 the building behind it had been demolished. The foundations show the rooms had been surprisingly large and grand. In its place there are now new rooms designed by Philip Jebb, one of the favourite architects of John Smith, Landmark's founder.

Skilled architecture

A local mason-architect named Charles Trubshaw (who trained as a sculptor under Scheemakers) worked at Ingestre around 1750. We believe he probably put up the Pavilion and although he was very able, we think it's unlikely that designed it. The Chetwynds, and after them the Talbots, were enlightened patrons of architecture – the parish church is by Wren – and undoubtedly this is the work of one of the best architects then available, adapted by one of the least sung but most skilfull architects of our time. You come and go below the intricate stonework of the façade but it is best studied from the upstairs bathroom window where you can get a close-up of the stonemason’s skill. Nearby, A.W.Pugin's commissions for Lord Shrewsbury still shine at Cheadle and Alton. If you're keen to explore the Industrial Revolution in more depth, Ironbridge and the Wedgewood Museum are not far away.

‘a sense of being ‘behind the red rope’ in your own private slice of the national heritage’

Conde Nast Traveller

‘Evenings spent by a roaring fire with jigsaws.’

‘Our walk to Tixall yielded the biggest bunches of elderberries imaginable, from which we brewed our own cordial.’

From the logbook

Floor Plan

Map & local info

Reached along a long woodland track, Ingestre Pavilion stands in peace and quiet on the edge of Ingestre Park.

 Explore the local area of Tixall Wide, on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, with a circular walk  that covers many places of interest.  

 The Ancient High House, on the main street of the nearby county town of Stafford, is reputedly one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country. Take a short walk from the town to discover its castle, where the annual Stafford Festival Shakespeare is staged. 

 Cannock Chase provides an exhilarating day out for all. Woodland walks, bike trails and adventure play areas are just some of the activities on offer.

 Shugborough Estate is a fascinating and rare example of an estate that has survived intact. Watch costumed characters at work, demonstrating what life was like there in the past.

Close by is Staffordshire Record Office (3 miles) and Shire Hall Gallery (2.8 miles). You can gain free entry to it with a National Art Pass, which enables its 122,000 holders to enjoy free and discounted entry to over 225 museums, galleries and historic houses throughout the UK. The pass is presented by one of Landmark's partners, the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, which has been supporting museums and galleries for over 110 years by helping them to buy and display great works of art for everyone to enjoy. Income raised through the National Art Pass goes straight back into their charitable programme. Find more about it on the ArtFund's website http://www.artfund.org/


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Ingestre Pavilion
Tixall, Staffordshire
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FAQs

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    Yes.
  • How is the property accessed?

    Via a long track from the main road.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Stafford – 6.5miles.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    Yes – there are two parking spaces adjacent to the property. There are a few steps up from the parking area to the front door. 
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    There are electric night storage heaters and an open fire.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Unfortunately, there is currently no arrangement for the purchase and delivery of logs, however details of local sources will be provided with your order confirmation.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc. There is also an electric cooker.
  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There are two bathrooms, one with a free-standing shower unit and the other with a bath.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    The stairs are steep.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is an open garden.

    Booking and Payment

  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will be able to tell you whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to prepare it then we consider that it is open and available for guests. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, depending on what we have available. It may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking. If the building is accessible but the customer cannot travel due to poor weather in his/her local area then please be aware that Landmark will not provide a refund. However the customer may be able to claim on his/her own travel insurance. We recommend that all guests take out travel insurance when they first secure a booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I create an account?

    If you have not used the Landmark online booking facility before and you wish to register in advance, you can set up an on-line account by following the instructions below:

    Go to the Landmark home page and click on Gift shop (located at the top of the home page in red).

    Select a gift (e.g. Landmark Handbook or Anniversary Mug) and complete the ‘Amount required’ box. There is no need to complete the purchase but this step is necessary in order to bring up the registration page.

    Click ‘Next Step’ at the bottom of the page.

    This will bring you to the ‘Your details’ page.

    Please complete all the fields (name, address, contact details and create an account). Click on the green ‘Create Account’ button once you have finished.

    At the top of the page headed ‘Your details’ there will be a grey box saying ‘Signed in’ and underneath this it will say ‘you are currently signed in as ….

    Here you will also have the option to ‘Sign out’. Please do so and that is your registration completed.

    Please return to the Landmark home page.

    To check your registration or update your account details at any time please ‘Sign in’ using the icon in the top right-hand corner of the home page.

    If you experience any problems in registering or setting up your on-line account please contact webmaster@landmarktrust.org.uk.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries on 01628 825925 if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • Am I insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Are there televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s). If you are visiting one of our European properties we have standard European electricity sockets. If you are visting from the UK, you will need to bring your own adapter plug (s).
History

Undisturbed for the best part of two centuries

The first evidence of the Pavilion’s existence appears on a drawing for a "plan for the intended lawn" proposed for Ingestre in 1756 by Lancelot "Capability" Brown for John, the second Viscount Chetwynd. Here a lightly sketched square outline indicates that the Pavilion was already standing in its present position at the western end of a grassy ride, backing on to the boundary wall of the park. Of its previous existence we know almost nothing. We do know that John Chetwynd and his brother Walter, the first Viscount, who died in 1735, were both enthusiastic "improvers" of their great estate.

It appears that the Pavilion belongs to the period when John was adding to and completing the work of his brother – he later swept much of it away. But although Ingestre was much visited by both tourists and writers, none of them rated the Pavilion as worth more than the barest mention and no reference to it has been found in the Chetwynd papers.

Although no design drawings for the Pavilion have survived, the RIBA Drawings Collection does hold an unsigned drawing for an unknown pavilion that is not unlike it, but without many of its oddities. For example, the front wall carried statues in niches, together with carved panels and swags, where the real Pavilion has vermiculated masonry; the window details are also different, and the Pavilion is both lower and broader in proportion. We may speculate that this drawing was used as a starting point for the building of the Pavilion, but that the designs were altered during their execution. The changes may have been made by a mason or sculptor engaged on its construction, and a candidate may be the mason-builder Charles Trubshaw, who in 1752 was working at Ingestre on a pedestal and dolphin in the new reservoir. The excellence of the carving of the screen of the Pavilion confirms the skill of the sculptural mason concerned. There is however no evidence that Trubshaw was in any way an original architectural designer. The gentleman-architect Sanderson Miller, who designed the Gothick Tower that once stood to the north of the Pavilion (and also the Landmark Trust’s Bath House at Walton, near Stratford), may have advised on the design – he was certainly at Ingestre in 1751 – or indeed Lord Chetwynd himself may have suggested the changes to Trubshaw. This however is no more than supposition.

An archaeological survey has shown that the original Pavilion was roughly square in plan, and larger than most garden buildings of its type – certainly bigger than necessary for a mere picnicking place, with a central large room surrounded by smaller ones. The number of rooms gave accommodation equivalent to that of a small house, but no evidence of a kitchen or of fireplaces has been found. Perhaps the Pavilion was used only as a summer-house; again, the pattern of its use by the family that built it can only be guessed at.

The Pavilion appears again on a survey map of 1789 and again on a map of the parish of Ingestre drawn up in 1802–3. But in the interim it had suffered drastic changes: more than half of the building – the central saloon and several side rooms – had disappeared, for reasons we can only guess at, leaving just the façade, the loggia and the small rooms on either side.

In this diminished form it stood undisturbed for the best part of two centuries.

Restoration

One of our largest restoration projects

The Ingestre estate was broken up and sold off piecemeal in 1960. In 1988, becoming increasingly worried by the rapidly deteriorating state of the Pavilion, the owners of the woods wherein it stands gave it into the hands of the Landmark Trust, a charity that specialises in rescuing buildings of architectural and historic importance. Scaffolding was put up straight away under the plaster vault, to prevent collapse, but difficulties with services access meant that it was nearly two years before work could begin.

Meanwhile the architect Philip Jebb, together with Landmark’s founder John Smith, was drawing up designs for the new rooms to be added behind the façade. As before there was to be one large saloon running through two stories, but otherwise it was to be an entirely new work of Classical architecture. A new staircase was planned for the north side of the loggia, to be linked to the other side of the building by a gallery across the saloon, which would give a new and exciting view of it. The bathrooms could go in the smaller rooms to the south of the loggia, leaving the new larger rooms on either side of the saloon free for the kitchen and bedrooms.

First however considerable repairs to the old structure were necessary and urgent. The pediment was leaning outwards and one of the kneelers forming the left-hand end of the pediment was missing altogether. The contractor, Linford-Bridgeman, fitted a huge wooden template to hold the arch while the roof was stripped, its purlins and rafters repaired and the apex of the pediment taken down and rebuilt. Steel ties, running from front to back, were inserted to hold the pediment in place. The plaster vault was falling, with the plaster skin pulling away from the vault structure itself: while this was repaired the connection between the walls and the vault was temporarily broken and the vault was jacked up and then refixed, suspended by ties from the roof structure.

New openings were made into the new buildings from the side rooms on the ground floor and the central doorway into the loggia was unblocked. The doors themselves are of course all new. New door openings had to be made between the side rooms on the first floor and the new addition, but the original openings were left visible, with new surrounds copied from the fragments of the old. Some surviving sections of the old cornice were retained, and missing areas were made up with new to match. The dummy windows in the façade were unblocked, in order to light the ground-floor rooms and new frames and sashes were provided for the existing window openings on the first floor.

The decorative plaster was badly cracked and broken, with some sections missing altogether. As much as possible was carefully fixed back into position, so that in the end only about 10% had to be renewed – something that at the start had looked an impossibility. The vault was then limewashed and lead fixed to the architrave and cornice to keep rainwater out.

Some stonework was renewed for structural reasons, but much more was saved and simply rebedded and the temptation to replace worn stones was resisted. The brickwork was repointed, but only where the old mortar had failed. The building therefore still looks its age, but is now sound in wind and limb and stands ready among the trees to welcome its 21st-century guests.

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