There has been a residence on the Middleton Hall site for almost 1,000 years, although the Hall has changed over the years with buildings being added as well as demolished.
But the buildings we know today owe their salvation to a team of volunteers from the Middleton Hall Trust, who have lovingly and painstakingly restored the Hall and its surrounds over the last 35 years after English Heritage granted them special dispensation to carry out the work.
Shortly afterwards, the Hall hosted its most famous visitor when Queen Elizabeth I came to stay for a week in 1575, during which she knighted the Hall's owner Sir Francis Willoughby in the Great Hall.
The Willoughby family owned the property for 500 years with one of Sir Francis's daughters, Margaret, later marrying Robert Spencer - making Francis the 10 times great grandfather of Lady Diana Spencer who wed HRH Prince Charles.
Another major attraction is the John Ray Building, constructed in 1647 and restored to the way it was in 1710.
The room where naturalist John Ray lived in the 17th century
Ray, who lived at Middleton Hall from 1666 to 1676, went on to become the first great English naturalist under the patronage of the Willoughby family, publishing the first ever scientific book on birds.
There is also a restored Georgian west wing looking out over the grounds which is now available for weddings, private parties and conferences.
The Georgian west wing during Tamworth Heritage Open Day
Once running into many thousands of acres, the estate is now just 42 acres in size but includes a Site of Special Scientific Interest covering the area around Middleton Pool. Visitors can stroll around the nature trail or enjoy the orchard or walled gardens, built in 1717.
Back inside Middleton Hall there is another top attraction in the form of The Peel Collection and Police Museum, run by the Peel Society.
The Society was founded in 1979 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Metropolitan Police Force, founded by Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, who lived at nearby Drayton Manor, home to the Peel family from 1790 to 1925.
The unique collection of Peel memorabilia also focuses on Sir Robert's two other great reforms - the Catholic Emancipation Act 1829 and the Repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 - while the Police Museum houses a collection of police memorabilia including a display of old truncheons, uniforms and even a police rattle used before the invention of the police whistle in the 1870s.
A Napoleonic era re-enactment group during a Heritage Open Day