Stanford Hall
Stanford Hall
Stanford Hall stands on the banks of the River Avon, and has been the home of the Cave family since 1430. The medieval manor inhabited by those first Caves was pulled down in 1690 by Sir Rober Cave to make way for a lovely William and Mary mansion, built by the Smith's of Warwick.
The house displays fine furniture and collections of family treasures accumulated over the centuries. Chief among the artwork on display is a collection of royal Stuart portraits which was assembled by the Cardinal Duke of York. The Ballroom features a richly painted, coved and gilded ceiling with trompe l'oeil shell corners. There are family costumes on display, including a series of embroidered waistcoats in the Old DiningRoom, where you will also find a set of early Tudor portraits.

Among the exhibits at Stanford Hall is a life-sized replica of 'The Hawk', a fabulous winged flying machine invented by Lt. Percy Pilcher, a friend of Lord Braye of Stanford. Pilcher was killed while flying The Hawk at Stanford in 1899.

The house stands in a lovely grounds featuring a rose garden and higly successful craft centre. Nearby is the parish church of St Nicholas, with monuments to generations of the Cave family.