About the Estate
Scampston Estate (near Malton) and Lowthorpe & Harpham Estates (near Driffield) are both in North Yorkshire and represent a diverse rural business comprising interests in agriculture, horticulture, tourism, property management, arboriculture, and field sports.
These Estates have been owned, lived in and cared for by their current owners, the Legard family, and their direct St Quintin ancestors for over 700 years in the case of Harpham, and around 300 years for Scampston.
For many generations farming provided the Estate with a consistent source of income required to maintain the Hall and other parts of the Estate, and provided many jobs in the local area. However, in recent times, the Estate has diversified into a range of other businesses.
In 1998 Scampston Hall was first opened to the public and now welcomes several thousand visitors each year to view the magnificent regency interiors which underwent a massive restoration led by Sir Charles & Lady Legard in the 1990's, and to see the exceptional fine art collection which was largely acquired by Sir William St Quintin, 4th Bart.
More recently, Scampston Hall has been opened for weddings and is fast becoming known as one of North Yorkshire's finest and most exclusive wedding venues. It also provides a perfect setting for corporate conferences, receptions and dinners.
The award winning contemporary Walled Garden, designed by Piet Oudolf, first opened its gates to the public in 2004 and several tens of thousands of visitors come to experience this unique garden every year.
Scampston Park Lodges, the brainchild of Chris Legard and Estate Manager Stephen Keyworth, was opened in 2009 following several years of designing, planning and construction. This is destined to be North Yorkshire's finest holiday lodge park with breath-taking landscaping and lake views for every lodge. We were recently awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award for conservation.
There are also a range of other businesses carried on at Scampston, from residential property lettings and christmas trees sales to field sports and park events.