A Jacobean treasure to explore
We took a unique approach by conserving the house in the condition in which it was found. But how does that approach translate to the garden, where living things grow and change? The garden has nods to changing garden fashions but still largely has its Jacobean layout, with divisions according to use. And it still preserves its secret garden feel of 'romantic neglect'.
Anyone for croquet?
From April to September, you can enjoy a game of croquet on the lawns where the rules of the game were invented. You might even catch our volunteer croquet team playing a demonstration game in their whites. Once bowling lawns and overlooked from the terrace, they had become overgrown with nettles and brambles, but have now been restored and are maintained by our garden team. Croquet on the lawns at Chastleton is a unique experience enjoyed by our visitors.
You might see our garden volunteers clipping the topiary to keep it in its cloud form shapes. It’s fun to try and guess what they might have been, some are easier than others!
Families can discover more about Chastleton's wilder residents with our free explorer packs.
Free garden tours
There are free guided tours of the garden most afternoons when we are open, with a chance to see how our garden changes through the seasons. Learn about our wildlife, kitchen gardening, topiary or even beekeeping!
seasonal fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden
the mulberry tree believed to be nearly 400 years old
the mysterious fruit of the medlar tree
our bee hives producing honey for sale
the cloud-form topiary shapes – what can you find?