The place with everything a visitor needs: ‘a view, a brew and a loo’


A seven-year project to enhance the beautiful Longshaw Estate is complete, as Steve Brown reports.

A series of National Trust projects to improve and enhance the visitor experience at the beautiful Longshaw Estate is complete – ready for what will undoubtedly be one of the busiest summers it has ever seen as we emerge slowly from the pandemic.
In 2014, the National Trust developed a plan to make better use of the spaces at Longshaw for the benefit of staff, residents and visitors alike and the opening a couple
of weeks ago of the remodelled and extended cafe marks the culmination of these projects. The Duke of Rutland was once one of the major landowners in the Peak District. Much of his land was wild open moorland and therefore prime grouse shooting country. Around 1827, the 5th Duke of Rutland built a comfortable “shooting box” for his shooting parties at the site now occupied by Longshaw Lodge, but it was the additions to this structure in the late 19th century which turned it into the elegant country house we see today…