Take a look at some of the special projects and routine restoration work that we’re undertaking this year. They are all aimed at making your visit to Charlecote really special, while keeping an eye on important conservation in the house, gardens and parkland.
You’ll see us carrying out some of the work on these projects when you visit, while other things are happening behind the scenes, and of course you’ll see the results throughout the year.
Do ask any of our staff and volunteers about anything that interests you and we’ll be happy to tell you more.
Do stop and buy a raffle ticket from one of our friendly volunteer sellers – there are great prizes.
All the money raised at Charlecote stays at Charlecote and is doubled by the National Trust.
This is a really important source of income for us and we have bought display cases in the house and fruit trees for the orchard in recent years with our raffle funds. This year we'll be repairing stonework around the parkland.
House and buildings
- The Gatehouse clock has been restored this spring and you can hear it striking once again.
- Our new team of costumed volunteers will be bringing the brewery, laundry and tackroom to life.
- We're improving the presentation of the upstairs corridor between the bedrooms.
- We're working with the park team to put on wool spinning demonstrations in the outbuildings.
- Hooray! - the visitors’ loos will be refurbished.
The little summerhouse in the garden by the Orangery restaurant has become rather dilapidated in recent years. Mary Elizabeth Lucy built it for her grandchildren and she based the design on one she remembered from her childhood in North Wales. Sadly we can't allow visitors in to this delightful little building at the moment.
Restoration plans have taken time to put together and work begins this year, funded in part by proceeds from a previous year’s raffle.
The roof needs re-thatching, rotten timbers need to be replaced, and there is restoration work on the interior to begin too.
Around the gardens
- The driveway from the main gates down to the Gatehouse will be relayed and widened.
- We’ll be repairing stonework and statues – funded by proceeds from last year’s property raffle.
- Exciting new research into the history of the gardens is beginning.
- We’ve been setting up a professional nursery area so we can produce more of our own plants for the gardens.
- Look out for our new information panels.
- The play area around the Major’s house in the woodland garden will have carved wooden sheep for climbing on.
The park team
We’re working with the Environment Agency to install an eel bypass at the Cascade.
We're making films of our livestock, such as our Oxford Sandy and Black pigs at play.
The team are putting together a wider program of children’s activities to encourage more outdoors play.
There will be a new playhouse and wildlife spotting area in the Spinney behind the outbuildings.
We’re sourcing more locally-produced items and Charlecote exclusives.
The local produce shop has been relocated from the Gatehouse. You’ll find local produce in the Pantry Shop opposite the entrance to the Victorian Kitchen now.
Second-hand books are now in the Gatehouse and this is also where you’ll find our new Welcome Hosts if there’s anything you’d like to know.
- We’ll be using the Orangery as an exhibition space for photographs and artwork from local artists and photographers.
- We’re working with the park and garden teams on growing and using more of our own produce.
- Everyone is enjoying our work devising (and testing) more of our own recipes - such as our new mutton pies and strawberry crumble cake.