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Project
The Wood Yard has never before been accessible to Charlecote Park's visitors

New restaurant

The first phase of the project is to build a much-needed new restaurant to complement the existing Orangery tea-room.

We're developing the Wood Yard at the centre of Charlecote's buildings near the stables into our new café - have you ever wondered what's behind the Carriage houses?

We'll be opening up some of these old buildings for the first time, to show visitors the work that went on here in centuries past.

We are working with award-winning architects and modular building providers, IPT Architects and Ecospace for this project. The work should be completed towards the end of April 2019 and you can follow updates on our progress below.

We're discovering hidden corners as we clear the ground for the new cafe
Preparing the ground for Charlecote Park's new restaurant
We're discovering hidden corners as we clear the ground for the new cafe

Welcome hub

We're investing in our car park area to ensure a better experience for you from the moment you arrive. 

Work begins in December to improve the drainage and surface of the car park, putting in some loos (at last!), improving the Visitor Reception area and expanding our retail area.

It's likely to be early 2020 before work is complete here.

Our car park can barely cope on busy days at the moment
Follow the progress of Charlecote Park's new project to improve visitor experience
Our car park can barely cope on busy days at the moment

Heating the house

Work begins in the latter half of 2019 on installing a new central heating system throughout the whole house. It will have to take account of the very different needs of the public rooms, private family apartment, holiday flat in the Turret, and working offices.

A new view

Eventually we'll be able to restore the original view of Charlecote down the Avenue towards the gatehouse.

You can see from the old fuzzy aerial black-and-white view that the tree-lined avenue was once a truly significant part of the Lucy family estate, continuing across the road from the blue gates at the top of the drive.

A historic aerial view of Charlecote clearly showing the line of the old avenue
Historic photograph of old avenue at Charlecote Park
A historic aerial view of Charlecote clearly showing the line of the old avenue

Latest posts

09 Nov 18

Take a peek

Work is well under way in the Wood Yard now. Trenches have been dug ready for the foundation slab for the cafe building.

Take a peek through the gates to see what's happening when you visit. You'll find updates on this project and other projects to come on our signs around the site too.

Take a peak at the exciting new building project at Charlecote Park

01 Oct 18

Diggers!

Work finally begins in the wood yard and the diggers have arrived. Power cables need to be moved, and pipework for the grease trap for the new restaurant is going in.

Work finally begins in Charlecote's woodyard to prepare for our new restaurant

05 Sep 18

Tea pot testing

We’re starting to get to the interesting parts of the project at last. We’ve been discussing the interior design ideas for the new café ready for approval quite soon. We’re looking forward to sharing these with staff and volunteers.

We’ve also had to carry out tea pot testing. Some of us looked at potential crockery options for the Wood Yard Café, checking pourability and robustness - no-one wants a dribbly pot. We have a few more samples to come and should be able to make a decision very soon.

Take a look at the new ranges for autumn in the Servants' Hall shop at Charlecote Park