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.
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.
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
Urban art goes rural
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 gets underway. See characters from Croome's past like you've never seen them before.
Head for heights?
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.
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
There are 6 rooms currently on show on the ground floor including the double-height Saloon and the spacious Long Gallery. There's lots of space, light and even an open fire or two to enjoy. Walk around and enjoy the freedom of visiting this grand country house and look out for the urgent repair work taking place too.
The grandest room
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. Stop to enjoy the gorgeous marble chimneypiece depicting two nymphs of Flora.
The most colourful room
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?
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
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
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.
What's coming up?
There's loads more coming soon inside the house, including a fresh look at the family tree, telling the story of the lost tapestries, drawing in the Long Gallery and a room dedicated to exploring the repair work in detail.
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