Croome Court

An extraordinary scaffold

Check out this extraordinary video showing the extent of the scaffolding around Croome Court as the repair work to the house begins. The best bit is that you can climb up to the very top! Video thanks to Sky Scaffolding.

House open!

Croome Court is open whilst major repairs are carried out to reservice the whole house. Explore the work for yourself throughout the ground floor and basement.

The repairs will allow us to open up most of the rooms throughout the whole house and all four floors by 2016.

How it all began

George William, the 6th Earl of Coventry, inherited Croome in his late 20s. In the mid-18th century, he set about employing new and emerging architects, designers and craftsmen to put his ambitious new ideas into action.

Expect the unexpected

Croome is a country house like no other. It's not only being repaired, it's also a light, open space with creative ways of sharing its fascinating stories with you. We're working with lots of new and emerging artists and designers to create a unique experience, like Soul to Sole.

Things to see and do

What is there to see in the house?

Looking into the depths 

Even though Croome Court doesn't have a traditional collection displayed, there's still plenty to see and do at the house. From repair works to contemporary style exhibitions, flick through these tabs to see what you can see when you visit.

Urban art goes rural

The 6th Earl goes urban © NT/Amy Forster-Smith

There's some truly amazing art work, inspired by Croome, that has been created on the temporary scaffold wrap around the house as the repair work continues. See characters from Croome's past like you've never seen them before.

Head for heights?

Climb to the top of the scaffold for an unrivalled view © NT/Amy Forster-Smith

If you've got the nerve, head up to the very top of the scaffold that surrounds the house and enjoy the views across the park to the Malvern Hills and a cup of tea from Sky Cafe.

Bird spotting

Gossip Girl defends her territory from strangers © NT/Jack Nelson

Head up to the top of the scaffold to the telescopes for a spot of very special bird watching. Modelled on the Golden Pheasants which lived in the now lost 18th century Menagerie, 8 eye-catching birds can be found roosting in the trees around the park and visible from the house. Their colourful plumage has been designed by new and talented local artists and school groups.

The ground floor

Come and find out what is behind that door © NT

There are 8 rooms currently on show on the ground floor including the double-height Saloon and the spacious Long Gallery. Walk around and enjoy the freedom of visiting this grand country house with lots of space and light as the repair works take place in front of you.

The grandest room

The figures reputedly represent the famous and beautiful Gunning sisters © Layton Thompson

Arguably the grandest room in the house, the Long Gallery is just as it should be - light, open and spacious. We don't have the original furniture so you can appreciate the architectural elegance of Robert Adam's first complete room design. A new exhibition of contemporary sculptures inspired by Croome opens on Friday 7 August in the Long Gallery. 

The most colourful room

What do you think about the paint scheme? © NT

The Dining Room is a truly unique experience inside Croome Court. Intricate 18th century fruit plasterwork graces the room and in the early 1980s, Hare Krishna devotees who owned the house for four colourful years, painted the room in a palette of vibrant colours. Do you love it or hate it?

The basement

Looking into the depths © NT

Down into the basement the atmosphere changes to one of activity and production. Here, the repair work is clearly visible as we knock off flaking plaster and lift up concrete floors. Wander through the corridors and explore what's happening. You'll also find the creative additions of the 'Hidden House' and the magical 'Soul to Sole'.

The hidden house

The hidden house is revealed © NT/David Birtwhistle

In the basement, find a brand new Croome Court in miniature. Turn it inside out to discover a lost house within its walls, carefully hidden away by 'Capability' Brown.

Based on architectural research and original drawings by talented local artist David Birtwhistle, the Hidden House will show you something entirely new but very old about the house.

Soul to Sole

Every shoe tells a story © NT

In the basement, talented new craftspeople and designers have drawn on archive material to tell true stories of loss and survival through pairs of shoes.

Experience the magical atmosphere for yourself and even design your own pair of shoes to go into Soul to Sole in the creative workshop next door.

Practical information for your visit

  • Ground floor and basement open, except Tuesdays when the house is closed
  • Two toilets in the basement, only accesible via a staircase
  • Universal access portaloo located outside
  • Stairclimber available for wheelchair users to access the ground floor
  • Indoor wheelchair available to borrow
  • Dog tether hook located by the river (please check your map)
  • Tea-room serving drinks and light snacks
  • Scaffold open daily, except Tuesdays and in high winds

The rescue of the Red Wing

In private ownership, the service wing attached to Croome Court had been left to rot and decay. Since acquiring the Red Wing we have saved it from certain collapse with extensive repairs.

Where's all the furniture?

One of a pair of exquisite commodes made for the 6th Earl

Most of the collection was sold in 1948 so there's no furniture at Croome.

We're displaying a fifth of what remains from 2016 in surprising ways to ensure the vibrancy and energy of the beautiful and well crafted furniture is captured.

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