Charlecote's Wood Yard café
This article was prepared before coronavirus restrictions. Please click on the link below to see up-to-date information on what we are currently able to offer in the Wood Yard cafe.
Our Wood Yard Café is the perfect stop for families and dog-walkers. There's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for you to enjoy a snack and hot drinks. We reckon it’s worth the calories when every slice of your favourite cake helps us to look after Charlecote
On quiet days the Wood Yard cafe or Orangery may be closed. Please phone ahead to check if this will affect your visit.
This fresh bright space offers new views of Charlecote and there’s plenty of outside seating, some of it under cover. Over the past year visitors have enjoyed experiencing part of the old working part of Charlecote’s estate for the first time.
There’s lots of room in the Wood Yard for families and dog walkers to enjoy hot drinks, snacks and ice-cream.
As visitor numbers have increased in recent years, our hard-working team in the Orangery have coped with some exceptionally busy days, serving delicious food and drink to our visitors. The Wood Yard Café now reduces queues for all our visitors, providing a relaxing space for refreshment before – or after – enjoying the parkland. Feedback from our regular visitors has been very enthusiastic!
This 2019 development is just the start of major new infrastructure projects at Charlecote to improve our visitor experience.
About the Café build
We worked on this project with award-winning architects and modular building providers, IPT Architects and Ecospace.
The larch-wood cladding will change colour with age to mirror the existing, historic timber used in the original buildings in this space. All the benches have been made by the National Trust’s carpenters at Dudmaston.
The café is a prefabricated building which means:
- The building waste material was minimized.
- A high thermal performance with low U-values (heat transfer) because it uses Structurally Insulated Panels.
- The roof is a single ply membrane that is environmentally-friendly and long-lasting.
- The insulation is CFC and HCFC free and can be recycled at the end of its serviceable life.
- All the wood has been sourced from sustainable and renewable, certified sources.
- All the interior equipment has been sourced for the best energy efficiency.
History of the Wood Yard
This area was once the historical working heart of the estate and its use has changed over time.
In the 1600s it was a kitchen garden supplying fresh fruit and vegetables for the Lucy family and their servants. In the 1800s it was a working yard used by staff employed on maintaining the estate, managing livestock and storing timber. In recent years our Park and Garden team used it for storing their equipment and compost bays.
Take a look at the timelapse video of the whole cafe build here: