Chavenage House
Chavenage House
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CHAVENAGE HOUSE is a privately owned Elizabethan Manor House open to the public. It has been used as a TV location for many productions and is at present playing Trenwith in the popular Poldark. There is so much more to see and enjoy. Guided tours by members of the family.
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  • jackie c
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chavenage House, an absolute Gem
    The house is an absolute gem to visit set in the Cotswolds 400+ years old and nothing has changed. It is very much a family home with 4 generations living on site, it is steeped in history, every room telling a story and thanks to George Loosley Williams these stories come to life as he guides you through each room. Oliver Cromwell even stayed in one room, and there are stories from a childhood bought up at Chavenage House.The tour is the the highlight of the visit and whilst they are no formal gardens the view is as far as the eye can see with no hint of the modern world in sight...a view that has remained unchanged for 400 years plus....take your own tea as there is no coffee shop or gift shop on site, again another bonus as the house and grounds remain unspoilt in every way.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 June 2023
  • EstellePorthcawl
    Porthcawl, United Kingdom137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing historical experience
    As part of a group I visited Chavenage House yesterday. Caroline and George gave such a warm welcome and could not have been more entertaining , regaling the history of the house and family ,with amusing stories and anecdotes. It is a testament to the family that film & TV wish to use the house so much for various and interesting productions. This visit is a must, it puts history in place for the region and in particular makes you appreciate the importance of family and life in general as the history gives perspective. Thoroughly recommended and a big thank you to all the family for such enthusiasm and warmth, allowing us to see their home and being part of the house 's history for the moment we were there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Elizabeth T
    Wales, United Kingdom64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    I have just returned from a second visit to Chavenage - it really is an excellent day out. The groups with whom I went opted to have lunch before our tours on both occasions and they were delicious. The family are very welcoming. I have been fortunate to have done tours with Caroline and George both of whom are gifted speakers and not only informative but very entertaining. Their love for their family home and its fascinating history is obvious. Chavenage is well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,031 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History You Can Touch
    Chavenage House is simply one the best attractions we have ever encountered. This private house and estate are from the Elizabethan era and are incredibly well preserved. We were hosted and toured around the house by Colin and Caroline, members of the current owners family. The personal touch provided by them added so much fun and validity to the experience. Poldark, a quite popular British TV series, was filmed here as well as other productions. The history of Chavenage is incredible. You will see many pieces of history including the Oliver Cromwell bedroom, amazing tapestries, Elizabethan era furniture, the family's private tea room, the Eisenhower room where the general and others planned D Day, the unique Catholic/Church of England family chapel, and much more. Best of all, you can actually touch many historical items and sit on the ancient furniture. This makes Chavenage special and so different from most historical places, where everything is roped off with "do not touch" signs everywhere. If you are traveling to near Tetbury or in the Cotswolds, try and work Chavenage into your itinerary. You will be glad you did!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Martyn H
    Stroud, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private Tour
    Private group tours only, pre booked. Morgan Sports Car Club had a fantastic tour by Caroline and George the owners in July 2022. We were lucky that filming was taking place for a blockbuster film Rivals written by Jilly Cooper.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Evelyn M
    Bristol, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A delightful tour of an enchanting family home
    We were lucky enough to join a pre-booked group tour of lovely W I ladies at very short notice. My four sisters had travelled from Northumberland the previous day to spend a few days with me and I knew they would be enchanted if I was able get them there. I emailed Caroline Lowsley-Williams and was delighted when she said we could join. David Lowsley-Williams led the tour around his family home. A natural raconteur, he was very informative about the history of both the house and the family, as well as being extremely amusing. We were all charmed. It was the highlight of my sisters’ visit. I would thoroughly recommend a visit as a group or see if you can join a group as we did.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
  • renia p
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chavenage House more than just Poldark
    Chavenage House is well worth a visit. The house itself is Grade 1 listed it’s historical beautiful and very interesting . The family members who are your tour guides are welcoming knowledgable and very entertaining . My friend and I throughly enjoyed our afternoon there , put it on your to do list .
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Annie M
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful WI summer trip to Chavenage House
    A large group (28) from our WI spent an enjoyable afternoon at Chavenage House with Caroline Lowesley-Williams and her brother George who entertained us all with tales of their family home and its history. The tour was followed up by a delightful afternoon tea made by their sister Joanna. We all had a wonderful time and would highly recommend a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Curt Younce
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A welcoming historic family home.
    I cannot express how wonderful this experience was. For the family to invite one in to view their beautiful family home. A beautiful heritage and history that is absolutely fascinating! I cannot recommend this enough!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Kathy R
    Honolulu, Hawaii14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Tour
    Our visit to this lovely Manor house was a true highlight of our stay in the Cotswold area. Caroline was terrific on email and helped arrange a visit for my husband and I. Just driving up to the house was a thrill! All my memories of Larkrise and Poldark came to life. Caroline and her brother George provided the tour and both are so charming, witty, and genuine. They had us all laughing out loud or making our jaws drop at some of the incredible historical pieces to view. Be sure to add this tour to your travel adventures. Highly recommend!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
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Jean B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I visited Chavenage House on the 5th June with the Taunton Vale Inner Wheel Group and what an interesting and enjoyable day it was. Starting with a warm welcome with coffee and biscuits, followed by an informative and fascinating talk by Gillian. Ending with a delicious lunch. I would certain recommend the visit if you are ever in the area.
Written 8 June 2024
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missdisneymagic
Palm Coast, FL103 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
I'am a huge Poldark fan and I reached out to the owner of this house to see if any tours were available as we were visiting from America. Caroline was gracious enough to allow us to come when another tour was coming to see and tour the home. It was a dream come true for me!! I couldn't believe that I was standing in the same places where they shot the series :) It was everything I hoped it would be and then some. Thank you to Caroline and George for their amazing hospitality. Such wonderful history share.
Written 6 June 2024
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Mo H
Bristol, UK4 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Friends
Taunton Vale Inner Wheel and Friends enjoyed a wonderful visit to Chavenage House on the 5th June. We were welcomed by Caroline Lowsley-Williams, followed by a fascinating and informative guided tour by Gillian Keightley. We learned about its history, the family and all visitors to the House. The amusing talk also gave an insight into the different companies that have used Chavenage House for films and series, such as Poldark and Rivals. Following our tour, we enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Joanna Gouriet. A thoroghly enjoyable visit that is highly recommended.
Written 6 June 2024
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Lel1234
Minehead, UK51 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
Travelled with a large group from Somerset yesterday. Our day started with a warm welcome by Caroline, a member of the family who live in this fascinating house,followed by a delicious lunch prepared and cooked on the premises and served by a lovely team of staff. We were divided into two groups and given an informative tour of the house. With loads of historical facts and a lot of amusing ones too. This house has starred in many films and television series and it is not hard to see why it is chosen. There are numerous photographs, pictures and artefacts relating to the only two families who have lived there since the reign of Elizabeth 1. Our hosts today have lived here since 1891 and it is still very much their family home. I thoroughly recommend a visit with family, friends or even as we were a large group of like minded people.
Written 24 May 2024
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Stan B
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May 2024 • Friends
A very enjoyable time. The guide was very friendly and well informed. We had tea and biscuits provided. Lovely house and clearly the people we met were all Poldark fans.
Written 15 May 2024
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Stacey P
Marin County, CA117 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Great history, fantastic family, wonderful tour and incredible interior details. Beyond being used for over 50 movies/shows (like Poldark), this manor house still serves as a family residence. The four siblings divide responsibilities and personally deliver historic details, humorous insights, and engaging stories. All with a warm and inviting hospitality.
Written 12 May 2024
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Passport27349263282
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May 2024 • Family
I had long wanted to go to Chavenage House. Not only is the place where Poldark and many other movies/shows were filmed, but it is a family owned manor house. Something unique and different for Americans to see and understand. The four siblings work hard to not only convey the history of the house, but how the house has evolved and what they do to keep it "in the family" and going (and updated/repaired when needed). An unexpected pleasure was how incredibly down-to-earth and approachable the family is. AND how funny! Their stories, presentation of house history, etc. is both vibrant and engaging. The house has many details and items that are in-place and historically unique -- stunning and museum quality details you might only see in the Victoria and Albert museum! The grounds are breathtaking and the hospitality warm and inviting. ENJOY your visit (make sure you plan for 2+ hours) and get the Seville Orange Marmalade on the way out (delicious!)
Written 10 May 2024
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Helen J
14 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
What a fantastic place to visit. So interesting and a real treat for Poldark fans. We were made so welcome by Caroline and Colin did an amazing job guiding us through the history of the house. Simply the best house I have ever visited. I would thoroughly recommend a trip, you won't be disappointed.
Written 13 April 2024
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Marilyn C
Champlin, MN6 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Family
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the Lowsley-Williams family as they guided us on a lovely tour of Chavenage House. Their personal knowledge of the home was exceptional. George and Colin were superb. Of the places we toured this was definitely our number 1 even after seeing Highclere ! Thank you to the entire family for sharing your home with us. It was a pleasure meeting all of you.
Written 20 March 2024
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Richard_A-Sandys
Hereford, UK154 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Friends
The warmest welcome into a true family home - guided around by family members and shown so many original artifacts. Our group had lunch in the ballroom which was delicious and amazing value.
Written 19 February 2024
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