Ragdale Hall – a home from home!
We hear our guests say time and time again that a visit to Ragdale is like coming home, but for two recent guests it actually was!
The Countess Ferrers and her daughter Lady Hermione Shirley who’s ancestor the 6th Earl Ferrers built Ragdale Hall in 1785, visited in September.
Susannah Ferrers is married to the 14th Earl Ferrers, Robert Shirley and they have three children including Hermione. A family member is currently researching their history and mentioned that Ragdale Hall was once their family home. Hermione who had heard of Ragdale but never been, suggested to her mother that they visit to see where their ancestors had lived……and enjoy a bit of pampering too!
It was Tim Norton, Ragdale’s resident historian/Night Porter that noticed Lady Susannah and Lady Hermione were at the Hall, as he scanned his room list one night. He instantly recognised their names.
Tim’s passion is researching the history of the Hall, the families that have lived in it and the surrounding area and he regularly gives talks to guests about his findings. His talks are always very interesting so if you ever get the chance to listen to one, you must.
Following on from their visit we received a lovely email, where Lady Susannah Ferrers commented:
“Hermione and I so enjoyed our time at Ragdale, we were looked after beautifully by everyone.”
“I loved the fact that the views from the Hall are so unchanged from what they would have been when the 6th Earl looked out and decided to build a house there. It also occurred to us that the last time a Countess Ferrers visited Ragdale she probably arrived in a horse drawn coach!!”
Here’s Lady Susannah and Lady Hermione standing underneath their family crest during their mother and daughter spa visit.
We try our very best to deliver a sense of homeliness and warmth by treating all our guests like VIP’s, however when Tim left a note for management, describing these particular guests, as VERY VIP’s, I’m sure you’ll agree he rightly did so. If it wasn’t for their ancestors, none of us would be here enjoying the Ragdale Hall that it is today!