Preservation in the Pipelines at Charlecote

Project
The crane moves in to lower in the pieces for Charlecote's new restaurant

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

07 Jan 19

Bigger on the inside

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.

The interior of Charlecote's new wood yard cafe begins to take shape

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.

The crane moves in to lower in the pieces for Charlecote's new restaurant

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.

Charlecote Park's wood yard project sees scaffolding go up for new restaurant