This Summer at Chastleton

The north facade of Chastleton House, Oxfordshire

Chastleton is an early 17th century country house with a beautiful garden. It was a hidden treasure-trove for nearly 400 years as the same, increasingly impoverished, family were unable to update the interiors and collection. It's a perfectly preserved glimpse into a bygone age.

Visit Chastleton this Summer for a relaxing day at this perfectly preserved hidden gem in the rolling Oxfordshire landscape.  

Access information

Start your visit in the main car park at our new reception where you can pick up one of our guidebooks, a bottle of water or, depending on the weather, a refreshing tub of Bennetts ice-cream.

There's a leisurely 400 yard walk down the hill to the house and gardens. If you require accessible parking closer to the house and garden, call at visitor reception in the main car park for an 'accessible parking permit' and directions to the closer car park.

View of Chastleton House from the front
View of Chastleton House from the front
View of Chastleton House from the front

Families

If you're with the kids, ask for an Explorer Pack at visitor reception. FInd out about the house and the families that lived at Chastleton using this acitivity pack, which includes binoculars to spot hidden doors, a magnifing glass to examine the paintings and tape measure to find out the length of some of the pieces of furniture.

Play a game of Croquet on the lawns where the rules of the game were first officially set out. With the house as a backdrop, pick up a croquet mallet and give it a go!

View of Chastleton House from the Croquet lawn
View of Chastleton House from the Croquet lawn
View of Chastleton House from the Croquet lawn

What not to miss

The Introductory video in the Stableblock gives a great overview of the work done at Chastleton, including work on the Best Garden Project, and a flavour of what to expect before you enter the house and garden.

Browse a good book to the music tunes of the 1950s in the beautiful new Second hand bookshop. Housed in the old garage in the stableyard, there's a great selection of donated books on sale which are replenished every day we are open.

The Old Garage Bookshop at Chastleton
The Old Garage Bookshop at Chastleton
The Old Garage Bookshop at Chastleton

Head into the house to find out more about the Clutton-Brocks who were the most recent and last private owners of Chastleton. Don't miss the Long Gallery where you can view the three counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, the beautiful Jacobite Glass in the Great Chamber and the Juxon Bible in the Library.

Lots to explore at Chastleton House
Visitors exploring through window outside
Lots to explore at Chastleton House

Afterwards, you could make your way into the garden, with views across the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. Walk through the Wilderness at the bottom of the garden, amongst the flowers and the gradually developing Best Garden, with its new borders and ancient topiary formations.  

You can wander in the Kitchen Garden and pick up some of the seasonal produce grown there to take a taste of Chastleton away with you. (Subject to availability - when it's gone, it's gone!). 

View of the countryside from the wilderness walk at Chastleton
View of the countryside from the wilderness walk at Chastleton
View of the countryside from the wilderness walk at Chastleton

Refreshments

After all that you may need a cup of tea and a slice of cake, so make your way to the Church (not NT) next door where local charities and organisations provide refreshments each day we are open. There is seating outside with a fabulous view from the churchyard of the house and forecourt.  

Finally, finish your visit with a trip back up the hill to the visitor reception where you can buy pots of honey collected from beehives housed in the gardens at Chastleton, browse our small retail offer or support our conservation work by joining as a National Trust member.