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A Victorian home set in landscaped deer park
Charlecote Park presents a picture of riverside tranquillity in Warwickshire countryside on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford.
For over 900 years the Lucy family’s tastes, lifestyle and fortunes have created the house and its setting that you see today as you make your way along the avenue and through the historic Gatehouse.
The Victorian occupants George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, extended and improved their draughty house reflecting the modernising spirit of the age. They toured Europe to bring back the finest furnishings for their home.
Today, the kitchen is brought to life in cooking and costume. Across the courtyard you can explore the laundry and brewhouse which once hummed with the activity of a busy working estate. Discover the stables which house the family’s carriage collection, each with its own story to tell.
The gardens that Mary Elizabeth loved dearly still prevail with a formal parterre, rare plants in shady woodland and colourful herbaceous planting.
Picnic, play and wander through the wider parkland, inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown, with views across the river Avon. Our historic herds of Jacob sheep and fallow deer roam freely here and you can see them at close quarters all year round.
Please note: the house is closed on Wednesdays
Traditional Victorian Christmas
- We're open every day (house at weekends only).
- Find the spirit of Christmas at Charlecote away from the bustle of the high street
- Join us for December weekends and help us decorate our Christmas trees, listen to story-telling at the Major’s House in the woodland and enjoy music on the Cedar Lawn.
- Find out how the Victorian family and their servants celebrated Christmas. Share their excitement and traditions through food and drink and costumes.
Please note that the whole property is closed 23-25 December. Why not bring your family and friends for a walk on Boxing Day?
No need to hibernate
Pull on your wellies and kick through the fallen leaves in the parkland. Download our park walk.
Bring your binoculars and see what wildlife you can spot today. Everything is easier to see once the leaves have fallen.
See what else you can tick off on your 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾ list - have you flown a kite yet?
Round off your visit with a hot drink and a snack or a tasty meal from the Orangery restaurant.
Inspired by Charlecote
Beatrice and Benedick find love (eventually) at Charlecote!
We have been working with the Royal Shakespeare Company for their productions of Shakespeare's great romantic comedies Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing).
The theatre in Stratford is being turned into our very own Charlecote Park and we've really felt that we have stepped back in time for a little while.
Book tickets with the RSC.
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News and ideas for your visit from the Charlecote team.
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Charlecote has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014.
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