Chastleton House and Garden

Chastleton House and Garden

Chastleton House and Garden
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Completed in 1612, this is one of the finest and most complete Jacobean houses in England, with scenic gardens and a topiary that are truly Jacobean and Elizabethan in style.
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  • Kelly M
    Maidstone, United Kingdom307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely house and gardens
    I think this is my absolute favourite NT place to date. The story of this house is amazing and promoted my to buy a book to read more about it. I love how the house has been left to be authentic and the previous owners wishes have been acknowledged in terms of the treatment of the house. The garden is stunning and the house is fantastic. I’d have loved to have seen a lot more doors open as I’m very nosey and wanted to see more!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Jandanda
    Barnsley, United Kingdom262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Visit
    We absolutely loved this stunning National Trust property. The house and the history around it was fascinating. The gardens were the absolute highlight for us. Total credit to the wonderful team who presented and tended to the fantastic grounds. The plants and flowers were covered with bees and butterflies – superb. We took some great photographs of the fauna, flora and insect life. We even tried a game of croquet and met a beautiful and friendly resident cat. I think that this place will always be remembered by both of us as a very special place – the perfect end to a fabulous holiday in the Cotswolds.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Vijay_from_Surrey
    London, United Kingdom126 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different to most NT houses
    Interesting visit to see a place left in time as it was when first taken over by the NT. Don't need more than a couple of hours foe house and gardends. Staff were all very welcoming and happy to help. Note no tea room but the church next door offers for charity, although we did not go based on other reviews.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Angela R
    89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cotswold weekend
    Really fascinating house and garden to visit and recommended. The interior is to a great extent left from the last occupier, although not a "grand" house there is a lot to see. Gardens are lovely and need to return during the spring. Recommend going to the church for tea and cake, lovely and in aid of a great cause
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • NyatiTravels
    United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended for history and art lovers
    A lovely afternoon outing. This house is an absolute marvel in the way the National Trust has preserved it as is, like the owners are still living there. It's a whimsical mix of the various centuries in its architecture and decor, feeling homely rather than imposing. Each room was wonderful to explore with the volunteers being full of information and the handy sheets explaining the history. It was a weekday afternoon and so it felt like we had the house mostly to ourselves with only a dozen or so other visitors spread across the property. Highly recommended for lovers of history, art and anthropology. The only thing that could have improved our visit is if they had a guided tour available.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Geoff H
    Manchester, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating old house
    An unexpected find as we were travelling on the road out of Stow and stopped there on impulse. A fascinating large house dating from the early 1600’s and in almost constant decline ever since. Now maintained with a light touch by the NT (as the selectively left dust and cobwebs attest) this is a charming building, with excellent volunteers in all rooms, together with information sheets. A wonderful experience capped off by tea and cake in the adjacent church. Definitely on the list for a return visit
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • D7112ARmaryw
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A step back in time!
    This a wonderful old Jacobean Manor House, set out of town, about 4 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh. It had been in the same family for hundreds of years, and had received very few updates from the time time in was built in the 17th century. We were able to wander through the house on our own. There were guides in each room to answer questions. It was like stepping back in time, one of the best things we did on our trip to England!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 November 2023
  • coppercox
    86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Fascinating house and gardens with original furniture and items that have been the house for centuries. BEWARE it is a long walk from the car park to the house. (see photo). there is accessible parking closer to the house if required.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
  • Nickyhants
    Southampton, United Kingdom773 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Preserved Not Restored - but still a gen
    This Jacobian house, near Morton on the Marsh in the Cotswolds was built on a large scale, but the family could not afford the upkeep, nor to firnish it lavishly. It is very 'tired' in places, but interestingly they have left things as they were when the house was handed over. It is all about preserve not renovate, which makes it very interesting and the gardens are lovely. Check out the exercise room (and chair), the library with the special Charles I artefact and the white bedspread which took 15 years to make! The video in the stables is a useful introduction. Oh you have to walk past the sheep to reach the house.....
    Written 17 May 2024
  • marlenekeller9577
    El Cerrito, California8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding
    This is a splendid Cotswolds house and garden: authentic, beautiful and historic. The guides in every room can explain the art and furniture—as well as provide information about the people who lived there. You can also enjoy a church tea nearby.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 July 2024
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Laura R
United Kingdom196 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Fairly decent sized car park, walk down to the house through the field isn’t as bad as first feared. It’s not too steep (although is a bit of a hill) and has gravelled walkways making it a bit easier. The toilets at the car park were not open, which was the first disappointment of the day after a fairly long journey, particularly when it’s then a fair walk down to the house / toilets.

Visiting the house was not a pleasant experience at all. Whilst in the queue the volunteer on the door was talking to some locals in front and made various comments about “staycation people making the traffic horrendous”. As we were on a staycation we felt a bit like we were seen as an inconvenience and not really welcome here.

At the door, we were suddenly told we had to leave rucksacks in a locker which we have no problem with, but no signs or anyone to tell us that prior to queuing. We duly did this and came back only to see the lady in front being waved in with her rucksack on. So obviously a selective rule.

Once inside the house there were no signs telling you where to go and very little information about what was around. Nearly every sign I saw was a “do not touch” sign. We went up some stairs and with still no idea where to go, picked the less crowed room. Room on the left had was crowded with no masks and distancing, room on the right was masked and vaguely distanced. We picked the room on the right to keep us, and others, safe. As people moved, we went to go across to the room we missed as it was too busy, to suddenly be shouted at by a volunteer telling us there was a one way system in place. No one had told us this at any point and no signs saying this. We were then told it was to make it covid safe by stopping people crossing over, fine but why not tell people this or at least have signs up. In fact the whole reason we were having that conversation was because we were trying to do our part of keeping others safe by making room for distancing and avoiding crowds.

We moved on, still no signs telling us which way to go. There were lots of people coming down a staircase so I assumed that wasn’t the right way. The volunteer came out again and told us we had to go up the staircase, so into a busy crowded area, with people coming both ways, which seemed contrary to what we had just been told.

When you come out the house there’s again, no indication of where you go. Perhaps one that says “lockers this way” would be helpful. We wandered aimlessly around some grassed areas and small gardens (not the best NT gardens by a long stretch) until we found where to get our belongings back. We went to watch the video in the stables because we felt we hadn’t really seen or learnt much about the house, but you can’t hear the video because it’s right next to the lockers where families are busy sorting out what to take in / out.

Sadly, this is a property I won’t return to. We left feeling completely unwelcome and that by being in the minority of people wearing masks and trying to distance this was “wrong”.

FYI coffee and cake is on plastic garden chairs amongst the gravestones in the church next door. We gave this a miss.
Written 30 August 2021
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MikeyG53
Emersons Green, UK5,308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Having decided to take out National Trust Membership we felt encouraged to see what places of interest were available for us to visit in the Cotswolds during a recent staycation. We read with interest about Chastleton House (near Moreton-in-Marsh) being a residence of the last resident owner as late as 1991.

Nothing strange in this fact I hear you say, but the fact is that the last resident lived there, in a building suffering from increasing disrepair, with nothing other than the most urgent reparations carried out since improvements, made by the previous owners, that took place between the two world wars.

The place is an absolute picture of what it was (cosmetically) like in the 1930’s. With large parts of the house having been closed and uninhabitable, some parts of the house hark back over 400 years. The owner (who died 15 years later) moved out, and the property was bought using the National Heritage Memorial Fund. It was then passed immediately to the National Trust who have been gradually renovating the buildings and gardens over the last 30 years. The plan was was to conserve “the romantic air of decline”, and having seen this for ourselves, it is an interesting time capsule of living history of over 400 years of family life. It is also a story of sympathetic conservation: not removing the feel of what it was like to live in a home that was still totally outdated in the 1950s let alone in the 1980s when the last owner was living there.

There are no on-site catering facilities but the adjacent Church of St Mary sell tea and some donated cakes to raise funds for the church and it’s upkeep. We indulged in a little ‘light fruit cake’ with our cups of tea although the ‘Gooseberry Cake’ was the big hit; but we were too late to get some of that.

It’s quite a distance on narrow roads from the A44 at Little Compton to this very rewarding property and gardens.
Written 16 August 2021
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Alistair M
Northampton, UK195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
From the outside of the property you are not immediately aware of the decline in fortunes of the various former occupants. However, the overwhelming narrative on entering the house relates to the struggles of those that lived here. This narrative is told in the austerity of remaining furnishings and in the information relayed to visitors.

Be aware that there is a reasonable, inclined walk from car park to the front door. Refreshments are not NT, but are served by the local community raising funds from the church next door. Expect tea/coffee and a selection of home-made cakes.

An interesting place, but I wouldn't imagine our grandchildren finding this an absorbing experience.
Written 13 September 2021
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Ms_Breakspear
London, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Beautiful house, gardens and countryside all around. The barrel vaulted gallery on the top floor is the longest in the country and absolutely stunning. There is so much to love and appreciate about the opportunity to explore this incredible old building - not only the unspoilt sense of history to reflect on, but also the generous time and warmth of all the volunteers.

Loved the tea and delicious homemade cake in the churchyard. Quintessential English experience in every respect. We are lucky to have these special places.
Written 11 September 2021
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sammy b
Southampton, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We were met at the gate to this enchanting house by a welcoming chap Angus who gave us some information to assist our visit.
We ambled through the house which has remained relatively untouched through the centuries and continued once the National Trust took it over, all of which adds to the wonderful atmosphere of this large warm and friendly house.
There was plenty of information provided both by the team of friendly and knowledgeable volunteers around the house and on written sheets in each room.
Tea and cake in the church was very welcome after a walk round the gardens and it added to the overall charming experience of our visit.
Well worth adding to your list of places to see in the Cotswold's
Written 24 June 2022
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Kathryn B
Wales, UK252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The parking arrangement for this house caused confusion for both us and some other visitors, but we eventually parked and entered the house using our National Trust membership. Looking at the prices, they do not appear too unreasonable for what is here. In the stables there is a helpful introductory video explaining the story of the house, and it is made very clear that minimal restoration was done to give a more authentic presentation. This differs from other houses we have visited, and it is evident walking through the rooms. The rooms feature original furnishings, which give a clear view into the lives of those who lived in the house throughout its 400-year history. From an architectural standpoint, Chastleton House reminds me of Newton House near Llandeilo for its detail without being overly ornate. It is a balance I find quite charming. Paintings line the walls throughout and there is a great deal of fine woodwork and plasterwork, all showing their age through wear and cracking. The most impressive rooms are likely to be the long gallery and great hall. All levels from the dining rooms to bedrooms to kitchens and cellars are excellently presented, akin to a time capsule. The gardens are also beautiful, with a variety of flowers and bushes, and play an important part in the history of croquet, for the set of rules codified here became widely used. As the focus has been placed on doing as little to the house as possible, there are no conventional facilities here besides a small bookshop. Chastleton House is uniquely presented and has a long history. Its lack of facilities and worn appearance may be a flaw for some, but for me it only enhances the charm and character of the house, and I consider it an attraction that is worth seeing.
Written 12 November 2022
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nickpayne82
Leatherhead, UK809 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is house is a real step back in time to Jacobean times, with the house being only slightly changed in 400 plus years. Amazing from stepping into main hall, through the numerous rooms, many of which have had little to no updates since being built, other than central heating and lighting! The house is in remarkable condition and following the work by the NT will now stay standing otherwise would have been lost. Amazing long gallery on the top floor! The gardens are a delight, and are themselves being restored, as well as allowing you time to play croquet.
Whilst there are toilets at the house, were is no cafe. That said after visit do go to the church next door as there are groups there serving tea and home made cakes. Ot was the local Scouts when we were there. Quite a walk down a hill from the car park but what a place, so book a time slot in advance in busy times.
Worth a visit when in the Cotswolds
Written 27 June 2022
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CMickell
Bristol, UK216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
What a fascinating place. I’ve been an NT member for years but I think this is one of the most interesting places to visit. The trip through the house, with the history of a family in permanent decline, is fabulous and illuminated by the knowledgable and friendly guides. We spent about 1.5-2 hours inside then enjoyed tea and homemade cake in the churchyard next door. Recommended.
Written 8 July 2023
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Julie P
Exeter, UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Very interesting property, mainly due to te fact that it is in it's original state. Carpark was a fair walk from the house, too far and steep for my mother-in-law to walk back. A bench near the gates would have been useful. One of the guides was very kind and let her sit down in the hall while we explored the house, unfortunately she found the uneven floors hard to deal with.
The tea and cake ssrved in the nearby church were delicious but no savoury options available. Well worth a visit but not for the faint hearted.
Written 9 September 2021
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Googly2010
Tonbridge, UK808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This was a fantastic surprise for us. The house is virtually unchanged from its completion in 1612 and still has many original pieces of furniture and other artefacts. Even the 400 year buildup of smoky grease on the kitchen ceiling has been left intact. To create this experience 6 years of conservation have been put in by the NT, and visitors are very fortunate that the owners over the centuries lacked the funds to repair and change the house as has happened in so many other places. The guides were really knowledgable and greatly added to our experience.
Written 19 September 2021
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