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“Good but not great”
Review of Charlecote Park

Charlecote Park
Ranked #4 of 48 things to do in Warwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Charlecote Park has been home to the Lucy family since the 12th century. Their stories are told throughout the house by their portraits, the objects they collected from around the world and the design influence they had on the house and parkland. See how Mary Elizabeth Lucy remodeled the house in Victorian times. The gardens include a formal parterre, woodland walk and the wider parkland (inspired by 'Capability' Brown), which offer walks with picturesque views across the River Avon. A herd of fallow deer has been in the park since Tudor times.
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Another very popular national Trust property, though the gardens were not in the same league as Hidcote, the house makes up for this with its dining room, snooker room and library. An exhibit of carriages can be seen in the stable block, and there are some parkland walks available.

The property will look better in the summer but at the beginning of April, it seemed slightly dull.

Thank Philip S
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Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

The highlight of the visit was an hour long walk with Paul and Matt the gardeners. This really brought the place to life,loved hearing about their plans for the garden. I am not a gardener (unlike the rest of the group it seemed!!) But that didn't prevent me from being fully engaged the entire time! They both obviously love what they do and this makes for an engaging walk. The house is lovely too and I am sure that you could spend many hours in the park exploring (although we didn't!) All in all just lovely

Thank Joanna S
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Being a bit of a sucker for a talk at an NT property, we spent a good hour with Head Gardener, Paul and his colleagues, Matt and the other volunteers.

Whilst I'm by no means a horticulturalist, I thoroughly enjoyed the talk that explained what the staff were trying to achieve at Charlecote for all seasons, not just in the summer. I had no idea what a herbaceous border was before I left, but I now know my Foxgloves from my Alliums!

The house too is very well presented and definitely well loved by the National Trust. A proper gem in the collection.

1  Thank Pinju70
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Visited on a Monday and what a superb house this is. Dating from 13th Century and in the Lucy family for 900 years.
The furnishings that have been collected are first class, many from the William Beckford auction. The Library and Dining rooms in particular are fantastic to view. History abounds in the house and seeing the Oliver Cromwell letter and signature for Richard Lucy to attend the Barebones Parliament in 1653 was great. From that Parliament Richard Lucy was made MP for Warwickshire.
Had very nice cappuccino and homemade cake in the Orangery restaurant.
The grounds and gardens designed by Capability Brown are a treat, with the Summerhouse, walks by the River Avon and meadow, the Parterre, Woodland Garden and not forgetting a game of croquet if you fancy knocking a few balls around.
So something for everyone on a great day out. We also nipped down to the Touchdown Inn about one mile away and had afternoon cooked meal whilst watching the planes and helicopters take off which was also great fun.
Regards Gary Saunders

Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Back again to spend a bit more time here as we rushed it last time. The car park is across the road from the house so well worth clocking this one if you have tinies with you. However, there is a very good National Trust garden shop by the car park so reserve some time on your return to the car to browse. The plants looked in amazing condition and were obviously well looked after. We bought some provisions for tea there too. The house is small but delightful. The room guides were up to their usual standard and are well worth chatting to for the extra information they ooze. The guide sheet is a little low on information, I would have liked more. We also visited the coffee shop to recharge our batteries. There is a small range of sandwiches, soup and home cooked yummies along with wonderful PLAIN scones, THANK YOU!
The grounds are something else and worth a write up of their own! We walked to the church and along the ha-ha. There is a lot to see and enjoy. Visited with older grown up family, for which TA don't provide a tick box!!!

Thank Patricia H
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