History

 

The beauty and tranquillity of little known Shropshire can be fully appreciated at this very unusual property.  It stands in a spectacular position overlooking Hawkstone Park one of the few Grade I landscapes in the country.

The Hill family were the great land owning family of the area, Sir Rowland being the first Protestant Lord Mayor of London in the middle of the 16th century.

The Citadel was built by a descendant, another Sir Rowland, for his mother and sister in the 1820s.  Constructed in local salmon-red sandstone, it is ingeniously designed in the form of three interlinked  towers, set to the points of an isosceles triangle, and the crenellations and cross-loops give the  house more than a touch of history and romance.

Another imaginative feature is the deep apron  terrace of cobbles at the front of the house, framed by a sandstone retaining wall with bastions at  each corner.  The house looks out over farmland, the nearby golf course and the wooded escarpment of the  Hawkstone hills.

The Griffiths family have lived at the Citadel since 1957, and own the farm, some 200 acres, which surrounds the property.