A romantic and atmospheric moated manor house, dating from the 15 century and little changed since 1634. The interiors reflect the house’s heyday in the Elizabethan era, when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics – there are no fewer than three priest holes. There is a delightful garden with stewponds, a lake walk and a nature walk.
The home of the Lucy family for over 700 years. The mellow brickwork and great chimneys of Charlecote seem to sum up the very essence of Tudor England. There are strong associations with both Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare, who knew the house well. The rich early Victorian interior contains many important objects from Beckford’ s Fonthill Abbey. The balustraded formal garden gives onto a fine deer park landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown.
One of the great Tudor houses, Coughton has been the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409. It has important associations with the Gunpowder Plot and activity during the Civil War. The impressive central gatehouse and half timbered courtyard are particularly noteworthy. Inside there are fine collections of furniture, porcelain and paintings. Two churches a lake, a riverside walk, new formal walled garden and bog garden provide additional interest.
A beautiful honey coloured stone house, built in the mid 18th century and the home of the Holbech family for over 300 years. The interior plasterwork is quite outstanding and the charming grounds contain 19th century temples, a terrace walk and an obelisk.
A circular 14th Century dovecote, still housing doves and retaining its potencies, an unusual pivoted ladder from which access is possible to the nesting boxes.