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Unchanged for 400 years

A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power.

Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time.

With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting. We do not have a shop or tea-room, so you can truly believe you have stepped back in time.

Important information for visitors

Please note that entry to the house is by timed ticket. All tickets are issued on a first-come first-served basis and there is no pre-booking facility. For conservation reasons, visitor numbers are limited so entry to the house cannot be guaranteed on busy days. To ensure entry to the house, why not book places on one of our special out-of-hours tours and events.

Oxfordshire Craft Guild exhibition

Autumn leaves

10 - 21 September during our standard opening times. Normal admission applies.

Contemporary crafts by local artists will be on display throughout the rooms in the house alongside the original contents. Work will be available for you to buy too.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

At Chastleton, you can:

9. Eat an apple from the tree on our Apple Day in September.

18. Balance on the fallen tree at the bottom of the garden.

25. Make a grass trumpet

28. Climb the big hill back to the car park

What to do on a rainy day...

Don't worry if it's raining.

You can still come and explore the house. Or borrow one of our umbrellas and have a wander in the garden.