Explore the house here at Packwood
The doors to the house are now open (Friday-Tuesday), the blinds are up, the clocks are wound, and visitors can once again come and enjoy the house. Things are a little different at the moment, but we still have our downstairs rooms open for you to explore. Our volunteers are here to welcome you and share stories about the history of the house and collection.
Our friendly team will be on hand to welcome you and share with you Packwood's history in a safe environment.
Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings and continue to use hand-sanitising stations at the entrance and exit. We hope you enjoy exploring the house.
The house is closed on Wednesday's and Thursday's and access to the house is on a first come first serve basis via timed ticket and last admission is 4.30pm.
The house at Packwood was first built around 1570 by the Fetherston family and was much extended and restored over 370 years to create the Tudor-style manor house seen today. It was gifted to the National Trust in 1941 by Graham Baron Ash, a local man whose wealth enabled him to transform the house into his dream Tudor home in the early twentieth century. The rooms you can see today reflect his love of tradition, collecting, conserving and entertaining. Look out in each room for the star items.
The Birmingham Door & Inner Hall
You are welcomed into the house through a different entrance, the “Birmingham Door”, so called because it was used by Baron Ash when he travelled to Birmingham. Entering via here instead of the usual front door (known as the “Leamington door”, for travelling to Leamington of course!) enables us to facilitate a safe route through the house. It also allows you to see the outside of the house from a different perspective. A volunteer will welcome you in the Inner Hall, which was originally the entrance room in the Fetherston era.
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room was created by adding a partition wall to make two separate rooms and was originally part of the Inner Hall. The fireplace is in the corner of the room because of this alteration. The room was likely used by Baron Ash for relaxing and entertaining. Today some of the collection items highlight one of Baron Ash’s proudest moments as owner of Packwood, the visit in 1927 of Queen Mary. The teacup, pen and chair she used whilst visiting are memorialised in this room, a lasting reminder of a very special visit.
The Dining Room
The Dining Room was used for ‘posh’ dinners according to Baron Ash’s sister, Beryl, who also remarked how the room felt haunted. The six pieces of silver which sit on the two chests commemorate Baron Ash’s time as Sheriff of Warwickshire, a position he proudly held in 1938.
The Entrance Hall
The Entrance Hall was extensively remodelled by Baron Ash, from an open galleried-staircase space to a more Tudor-looking hall with magnificent double height window. An archive photograph from shows how the room looked in 1921 before it’s renovations.
The Long Gallery
The Long Gallery is a deceiving space. From the inside it appears authentically Tudor, with is tapestry-adorned walls and beautiful wooden flooring. However, this space was built in the 1930s by Baron Ash to connect the Entrance Hall in the main house to the lone Great Hall. The tapestries in this room are just some of the 26 tapestries in our collection, and include the first one Baron Ash purchased, ‘Verdure with Two Chickens’, found in a cathedral in Tournai during his service in WW1.
The Great Hall
Once a cow barn, the Great Hall is the epitome of Baron Ash’s transformation of Packwood. He began restoring the space in the 1920s. A room used for entertaining guests, this is where Queen Mary took her tea in 1927 and where Prince George Chavchavadze gave a spinet recital in 1931. This spinet now sits in our Drawing Room. Dominating the room is a great 17th century oak table, bought by Baron Ash from Baddesley Clinton, our neighbouring National Trust property.