A 1960s Christmas at Chastleton
Experience a 1960s Christmas in the style of Chastleton's last owners, Barbara and Alan Clutton-Brock.
A 1960s Christmas
29 November - 17 December, Wednesdays - Sundays. House open 11am – 3pm (last entry at 2.15pm).
Enjoy the nostalgia of a 1960s-style country Christmas, reminiscent of the parties hosted by last owners Barbara and Alan Clutton-Brock. The champagne's on ice, cocktails are ready and the dining table is laid out for Christmas dinner...
Explore rooms decorated to represent the Clutton-Brocks' chaotic but cosy style, with paper chains, tinsel, trees and piles of wrapped presents. Head to the Great Chamber to have a go at a classic board game and watch some festive television.
Younger visitors can look out for Christmas mice hidden throughout the house.
Normal property admission price applies (free for National Trust members and under-fives).
Evening Christmas tours
Thursdays 30 November, 7 and 14 December, 5.30-7pm and 6.30-8pm
Enjoy our festive offer out of hours with a rare chance to see Chastleton after dark. Enjoy a warming drink and mince pie before you take a look around the decorated rooms.
£20 per person. Call 0344 249 1895 or click here to pre-book.
Meet the Clutton-Brocks
Alan and Barbara Clutton-Brock inherited Chastleton House in 1955 and, despite the ongoing challenges of being custodians of an ever-declining house, they enjoyed sharing their unique home with others.
The couple were sociable and had a wide-ranging group of friends; Alan was an artist and worked as an art critic for the The Times and later as Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University.
Friends and family who visited Chastleton during this time have fond memories of country Christmases at Chastleton, when the house was bustling with life and festive fun. Using stories captured from oral history projects, we try and re-create that spirit today.
Discover a series of discrete spaces in Chastleton’s romantic garden, where you’ll find a productive Kitchen Garden, historic croquet lawn and neat topiary.
Chastleton was built as a display of wealth and status, but eventually fell into a state of romantic neglect. Discover the history of this fine 17th-century country house.