The House

Untouched by the 21st century

Chastleton House

Chastleton House

The house and estate were owned by one family from its completion in 1612 until 1991, when it was bought by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and passed on to us, together with an endowment for its future upkeep. It is one of the great treasures of England – not because it has a fine and priceless collection or because the family were famous but because it is a unique glimpse into the 'proud poverty of an English family struggling to keep their family home'.

Decline and fall

Chastleton House

The family's declining fortunes meant that it was increasingly difficult for them to maintain the house and eventually the house and garden took on a wild, neglected atmosphere.

Stuck in time

The Dovecote at Chastleton House

When Chastleton came to the Trust, it was clear that its untouched atmosphere of a bygone era needed to be preserved for future generations to see and enjoy.

Forgotten treasure

A magical place to discover

A magical place to discover

The house was closed from 1991 until 1997 during which time major conservation work took place, but with as light a hand as possible – so the house you see today, whilst structurally sound, still has the magical atmosphere of a forgotten treasure.
 

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