A Jacobean treasure to explore
We've taken a unique approach to conservation at the house, with the 'conserve as found' philosophy – but how does that translate to the garden, where living things grow and change? The garden retains its Jacobean layout, with divisions into compartments divided according to use.
Anyone for croquet?
From April to September, you can enjoy a game of croquet on the lawns where the rules of the game were invented. You might even catch our volunteer croquet team playing a demonstration game in their whites. Once bowling lawns and overlooked from the terrace, they had become overgrown with nettles and brambles but have now been restored and are maintained by our garden team. Croquet on the lawns at Chastleton is a unique experience enjoyed by our visitors.
The garden presents an intimate and beautiful setting for the house, views from the windows draw you out to explore the topiary, kitchen garden and wilderness, or just to sit in the sunshine or the shade of the trees.
- The celebrated acer griseum bought by the Richardsons
- The mulberry tree believed to be nearly 400 years old
- The kitchen garden laid out by John Henry Whitmore-Jones in the 1830s
- Our bee hives producing honey for sale
- The mysterious topiary shapes – what can you find?