The Sugnall Estate, which lies is in the heart of rural Staffordshire, has been the family home for five generations. Over the years the hall and its surrounding estate has seen many changes and since I took up the reigns I have also overseen and implemented many new developments.

Walled garden from the air 2

This is the Sugnall walled garden a few years ago, walled in 1737 next to the old hall (now demolished) and Home Farm. The present hall is half a mile away.

As with other country houses we have had to adapt and evolve, and today I work with a small team to manage the 1,400-acre estate, which includes tenant farmers, a rural business centre and a number of residential developments.

At Sugnall we have recently started holding weddings in the historic Walled Garden and we also have several locations around the estate available for small-scale corporate events and private parties. Parts of the estate are also available for filming, including parts of the main house, including its oak-panelled Billiard Room and the play house (a miniature fully-operational cottage that was built when I was a child).

I hope you enjoy exploring my world here at Sugnall, which you can do on our website or by visiting the walled garden or enjoying walks across the estate.

David Jacques