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Notice: Our usual opening hours are: Wednesday to Sunday: Garden and shop: 12.00noon - 5.30pm, House 1.00pm to 5.00pm, with last entry to the property at 4.30pm.
Country home of playwright Bernard Shaw for 44 years
No dwelling place can rival Ayot:
So there I labour at my job,
And boil my kettle on the hob
Deeming I have the best of reasons,
For staying here through all the seasons.
Playwright, politician, philosopher and wit George Bernard Shaw lived in this Edwardian villa for over 40 years from 1906. When he moved in, he was at the height of his fame. If you'd been walking up the drive 70 years ago, you would have been coming to visit one of the most famous, most photographed and most quoted men in the world.
Today, his home remains much as he left it. You can walk from room to room, enjoying the beautiful Arts and Crafts interiors, and finding fascinating links with the past. The tranquil gardens are a restorative and relaxing place at any time of year. They provide you with a space to reflect on the wit and wisdom of this great man of words - and maybe find the inspiration to write masterpieces of your own.
Every year Shaw's Corner hosts two outdoor productions of Shaw's plays. This year will be Geneva 21-23 June and Misalliance 26-28 July. Tickets are available to book now, and you can find lots of information about the plays, as well as how to book, on the outdoor theatre page.