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“Great evening”
Review of Shaw House

Shaw House
Ranked #10 of 35 things to do in Newbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Built in 1581 by Newbury clothier Thomas Dolman this fine Elizabethan building was recently restored through a £6million project. The stories and characters from Shaw House’s varied past are bought to life in the new exhibition. An ideal day out for families; Wheelie Do activities are located throughout the house, with activities from designing the gardens to playing our Civil War board game. Exciting and varied events program. Open most weekends.
Reviewed 31 August 2014 via mobile

Visited shaw house to watch robin hood at the open air theatre. Another fantastic production by illyria. Lovely grounds to sit and picnic in. Luckily the sun was shining. The toilets were clean but a bit of a pain being downstairs in the basement. Nice little cafe, only had a cuppa cos had picnic with us.

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Great evening, great atmosphere.......just a shame the evening wasn't a bit warmer!

The event was well organised, parking was easy and the film (Dirty Dancing) started on time. The screen was in front of the house, where we all sat on picnic chairs or rugs.

Thank reviewshols
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

My Husband and myself decided to visit for a look. We just wanted to walk round. The fact I was in my mobility scooter did not stop me from seeing it all; but the rooms are bare of furniture and ornaments. . The staff were knowledgeable , friendly, and very helpful. A bit more information in each room would be good. The only criticism is the toilets are down in the basemant and the doors are so heavy I had trouble opening them, not being strong, even my Husband found them heavy. At £3 per adult we found it good value. Limited range of cold snacks and sandwiches, but food was fresh and cafe clean. Cappucino was lovely . We spent about four hours here, as we walked the garden route by the river, which ends at a beautiful church next to the house.

3  Thank Dave S
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

This red brick old school house is worth a visit if in Newbury. The fee is £3 pp and there is a guide at the entrance who gives you a bit of the history. It is fascinating that it was used as a meting place for the royalists during the civil war, later became a girls school, was bombarded during the war and then had a succession of family owners. They have kept some of the old doors and windows to show you and all the rooms have an explanation. It has a lift and bathroom and a cafe inside. It is used mainly for council meetings as it is owned by the council. They have wedding services on a regular service, there was one when we visited! And you can use the house as a background for photos. The gardens is nothing much really to look at, we walked the entire premises and nothing much. It's a nice way of learning the history of the area and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I wasn't expecting much. To be honest, we just wanted to dwindle away an hour or so. What a surprise. Shaw house has more than meets the eye. Ok, there are no fascinating object d'arts, expensive pieces of furniture, no real curios, let's face it, it's an empty house. But..the House Guide can bring the place to life - we had a rally good talk in the hall from an enthusiastic guide. The rooms speak for themselves. The more you look, the more you see. Just exploring how the house was constructed, looking at the various layers of decoration and reading the information panels was 'good enough'. Some rooms have dressing up opportunities- great for old and young. There was a fixed exhibition when we went, focusing on the gardens and a small display looking at the history of the house as a local school. The small grounds are well kept, so worth visit even for a just picnic. The cafe is lovely - a good range of cakes and sandwiches, ices and drinks. All in all, Shaw House is a quiet gem. It doesn't have the markings of a major attraction, but it does tell more about local history and also some events that link it to the Civil War. No doubt, Shaw House will grow in touristic maturity, but even as it is, it's worth a visit. And the staff are lovely.

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