Secret Cottage took a Cotswolds tour to Chastleton House today, but unfortunately it was closed for the filming of Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies. Filming started yesterday and will continue until August the 6th. As an alternative, we took our tourists to The Rollright Stones which were nearby and our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
However, we wanted to tell you something about the fabulous Chastleton House.
Chastleton House is a fine Jacobean country house built between 1607 and 1612 by a Welsh wool merchant called Walter Jones. The house is built from beautiful local Cotswold stone and is Grade I listed. It was built on the site of an older house by Robert Catesby who masterminded the gunpowder plot!
There are many unique features to Chastleton House; one of them being the longevity of the property within one family. In fact, until the National Trust took over the property in 1991, it had remained in the same family for around 400 years.
Unlike many tourist attractions, the National Trust have kept this house completely unspoilt – they are conserving it, rather than restoring it. They don’t even have a shop or tea room; giving you the opportunity to truly step back in time.
It’s almost like being in a living museum with a large number of the rooms open to the public that are still beautiful and untouched and have escaped the intrusion of being bought into the 21st century. A trip to Chastleton House brings history to life. This house has charm; there is no pretence with making walls perfect or fixing minor problems; expect to find gaps in the walls, cracks in the ceiling, uneven floors, dust and cobwebs in all their glory. It as if you are invited to spend the afternoon with the Jones family and you take them as you find them!
The house has a unique ‘Long Gallery’ – the only one surviving from this time period. The gallery is 72 feet and has a barrel vaulted ceiling. It also boasts a great chamber which was reserved for entertaining special guests.
Outdoors, there is a grade II listed garden with an orchard, kitchen garden, terraces, flower gardens, topiary, dovecote and pleasure garden.
Chastleton House stands in a stunning spot and you’re unlikely to pass it by accident. This is a place you need to seek out as it’s in such a secluded and peaceful location. And that’s why our visitors love our Cotswolds tour; because we take you to hidden and unspoilt places that few people know about!