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.
Raffle ticket income this year is going to pay for thousands of plug plants of wild flowers for Places Meadow. Our staff and volunteers have begun planting - in between cake breaks!
Do stop and buy a raffle ticket from one of our friendly volunteer sellers – there are great prizes. Did you know that all the money from tickets sold at Charlecote stays at Charlecote and is doubled by the National Trust?
This is a really important source of income for our work and raffle funds have contributed to fruit trees in the orchard, display cases in the house, and repairs to the little summerhouse and stonework around the gardens.
House and buildings
- The Gatehouse clock has been restored and you can hear it striking once again. We've learned how to fix it ourselves next time too!
- Our new team of costumed volunteers will be bringing the brewery, laundry and tackroom to life during the main holiday times.
- See us carrying out conservation work in the upstairs bedrooms.
- We're looking at new ways to show you some of our hidden treasures.
- The park and house team are arranging lots more of the special behind-the-scenes Discovery events that our visitors love.
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 much of the work has been completed, funded in part by proceeds from a previous year’s raffle.
However, the roof still needs re-thatching, and there is some restoration work on the interior to carry out too when funds allow.
Around the gardens
- We’ll be repairing stonework and statues – funded by proceeds from last year’s property raffle.
- Exciting new research into the history of the parkland and gardens is being undertaken.
- 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 and chat to our new Garden Guides.
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 pigs at play.
The team are putting together a wider program of children’s activities to encourage more outdoors play.
We're improving the wildlife spotting area and playhouse in the Spinney behind the stables.
Every purchase you make in our shops, every cake and cup of tea you buy in the Orangery, every membership you buy from our Visitor Reception team all directly benefits Charlecote and our work here.
Every National Trust member who shows their card on their way in directly generates income for Charlecote.
We couldn't keep Charlecote special without you.
- 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.
We’re sourcing more locally-produced items and Charlecote exclusives for the Servants' Hall shop.
You’ll find local produce including our award-winning venison, hogget and honey in the Pantry Shop opposite the entrance to the Victorian Kitchen now.
You'll find a wide selection of second-hand books in the Stables and if there's anything you's like to know you can find our Welcome Hosts by the Gatehouse.