“When my father, Hugh Edward Conway Seymour, The 8th Marquess of Hertford inherited Ragley in 1940, most of the house was being used as a hospital, with about a quarter of it reserved for family use.
My parents moved into Ragley immediately after their marriage in 1956. The restoration of the house and gardens, the running of the farms and woods on the Estate kept them busy until November 1991, when Ragley was handed over to me.
Unlike my parents, who found Ragley in danger of becoming a ruin, my wife and I found the house ready to live in due to the 35 years of restoration, dedication and commitment shared by them.
We invite you and your family and friends to enjoy our family home and gardens, as our family has done so since 1680. We hope it brings you as much pleasure and joy as it does us.”
Henry Jocelyn Seymour,
The 9th Marquess of Hertford