The pieces of the modular build for the new cafe have been lowered into place. Work can now begin on fitting out the building, ready for opening later this spring.
Preservation in the Pipelines at Charlecote
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 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.
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.
07 Jan 19
Bigger on the inside
14 Dec 18
The crane gang
No-one could miss the crane towering over the wood yard as the modular sections of the new Wood Yard cafe are lowered into place. This will be (literally) wrapped up over Christmas and internal work will begin in January.
07 Dec 18
It's all about the base
The concrete base has been poured and set. Scaffolding has been erected so that cranes can lift in the sections of the new restaurant building.