“Mount Stuart is more than just a house”

Adam Ellis-Jones took up the operations director post with Mount Stuart Trust on Monday, March 23.
Adam Ellis-Jones took up the operations director post with Mount Stuart Trust on Monday, March 23.

Mount Stuart Trust’s new operations director has spoken of the ‘fantastic potential’ and opportunities which lie ahead for the Trust, Bute Estate, and the wider island community.

Adam Ellis-Jones, who took up the post on Monday, March 23, comes to Bute with an extesive background in the heritage sector, having worked latterly for the National Trust with responsibility for the management of their built property portfolio across Wales.

“I think it’s got all sorts of potential,” said Adam of Mount Stuart. “The house and collections are remarkable; they’re world class, and we need to do more with that so people understand it’s not just another country house, it’s very special.

“The gardens are stunning, with 300 acres and a really important design landscape. But really, it’s about bringing the whole estate into it - it’s about access, it’s about activities, it’s about fun.

“People don’t necessarily come to ‘look’ anymore, they want to come and ‘do’, so that’s part of the job - how do we, our partners, and the rest of the island, get a really clear product that shows you can come to Bute, have a great time, stay for a week and enjoy yourself.

“There’s a role for us all to play in pulling together, telling a really good story.”

* Read the full interview in this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, April 2.