But there is still plenty for visitors to enjoy at what is the only complete working historic estate in the country.
Shugborough estate is dominated by the imposing mansion house which was the home for more than 40 years of Lord Patrick Lichfield, the 5th Earl of Lichfield, who was also Her Majesty the Queen's first cousin once removed.
Lord Lichfield, who was also a famous photographer, inherited Shugborough from his grandfather, the 4th Earl, in 1960. And when the National Trust became owners six years later, he created his own private apartments on most of the upper floor and then leased them from the county council until his death in 2005.
Lord Lichfield's former bathroom in the private apartments
Lord Lichfield's son later surrendered the lease back to the council, who then spent nine months restoring the apartments to how they would have looked in the 1960s.
And visitors can today see the result of that project during a tour of the private apartments, which include many of the famous faces that Patrick Lichfield photographed at Shugborough from Mick Jagger, Lulu and Joanna Lumley to his former girlfriend and actress Britt Ekland.
But, as I said at the outset, there is much more to Shugborough than 'just' the mansion house.
Visitors to the estate will first pass through the walled garden followed by a series of original farm workshops, including the head gardener's office, which have recently been restored. The workshops are now used for craft displays but they only open at various times.
A short stroll then brings you to Shugborough Park Farm, a working farm originating from the Georgian period, which boasts its own working mill.
Visitors can see demonstrations such as bread and cheese making, while the farm also has a collection of rare animal breeds which the estate manages in tandem with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
They include Bagot goats, the rarest animal on the farm with only 100-200 breeding females left in the world, Middle White Pigs (200-300 breeding females left) and Boreray sheep, with less than 500 breeding females in the world.
A land train will take visitors the half mile or so to the mansion house, or you can opt to walk along a parkland path.
And taking the healthy option allows you a close-up look at the Tower of the Winds, an 18th century copy of a classical monument which was apparently used for parties, although the cellar was converted into a dairy in 1805.
Head cook's demonstration in the Victorian servants' quarters