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Troutsdale Farm Luxury Barn Holiday Cottages... "a special place to stay"

Capability Brown's Tercentenary

Celebrating 300 years of Capability Brown in our Peak District and Staffordshire local areas ....

The nickname ‘Capability’ came from his fondness of saying that landscapes had capability of improvement. ..... His landscapes are naturalistic, featuring curving lines, flowing lakes and picture perfect viewpoints all carefully crafted to appear in the landscape for the enjoyment of people exploring the grounds........

The national Capability Brown Festival celebrating the Tercentenary of Brown’s birth will take place in 2016 and sees many of the sites influenced by Brown getting involved to showcase his work.


Here are a few places locally - and we can keep adding to these as we find out more .....


Trentham Gardens

Brown was employed at Trentham Gardens from 1759 to 1780 and created the mile long lake and the surrounding parklands in the gardens. As a result The Trentham Estate intends to play a significant role in this celebration.


To celebrate Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s Tercentenary in 2016, they plan to restore one of his lost landscapes at Trentham Gardens see their blog for more details.


Award winning Trentham Gardens have already started doing escorted Capability Brown tours- where you can learn more about their fasinating history of these award winning gardens.

These gardens have already been featured in The Daily Telegraph and won BBC Garden of the Year 2014/2015 in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.


Check out the Trentham Estate Capability Brown Meadow' on the BBC here


Chatsworth House

  • Magnificent Chatsworth house is often called the 'Palace of the Peak'. 
  • Chatsworth House is often more associated with Joseph Paxton who was head Gardener for the 6th Duke of Devonshire in the 19th Century - creating the present 100 acre gardens laid out by Sir Joseph Paxton (who later designed the Crystal Palace) in the 1840s.
  • However The 1,000 acre park was constructed by Capability Brown in 1760/61 for the 4th Duke -  designed out of what was then working farmland
  • Read more here


Weston Park 

  • Award winning 17th Century Stately Home set in 1000 acres of  sweeping 'Capability' Brown Parklands -  situated on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border.
  • Attractions include the House, Adventure Playground, Miniature Railway, Gallery and Gift Shop, Stables Coffee Bar and Restaurant, Auditorium, formal gardens, woodland walks, lakes, follies, newly plants Yew Hedge Maze and Orchard



Lancelot (Capability) Brown often talked of a garden’s ‘capabilities’ which earned him his well-known nickname 'Capability'.... as he would often say of an area that "This has capabilities".

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Troutsdale Farm

Springbank Wood


Blackshaw Moor

Leek ST13 8TJ


Tel 01538 300101


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CHRISTMAS - We have just had a cancellation for Old Shire Stables Cottage - it will be decorated for Christmas including a real decorated Christmas tree, a basket of logs for a cosy log fire and freshly baked mince pies on arrival




Both Cottages available - sleeps 6/8 and 10 (total of 18).

Special Breaks throughout November & December .... ideal for family or friends get-together ... if you can't just manage it over the Christmas period - with our lovely large tables to all sit around. 

Include a little bit Christmas Shopping in the Peak District!  Buxton Spa Town, Leek's historic market town, Pottery bargins at Emma Bridgewater Factory,Chatsworth House Nativity, or medieval festivities at Haddon Hall, see Santa on a steam train ...... independent local shopping, farmers markets, festive events and fun ...... in the build up to Christmas in search of those special pressies..... combined with Peak District Walks, good local pubs and a cosy log fire to return to and wrap everything up! Make Shopping a pleasure in the Peaks this year .... make a weekend of it!

Various MIDWEEK BREAKS available - Not tied to school hols or working week? - Checkout our excellent midweek break rates (with 4 nights for the price of 3)  


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