June 2023 - ongoing
Preserving Granny's Summerhouse
This year, we've invested in work to rethatch the roof on 'Granny's Summerhouse'.
Originally built by the Victorian owner Mary Elizabeth Lucy for her children and grandchildren, the Summerhouse is a Grade II listed building nestled in the formal gardens next to the Orangery cafe.
The rethatching took place over three weeks, at the start of the summer and marks the start of a longer-term project to preserve the Grade II listed building over several years. The new roof will make the structure watertight and allow conservation experts to carry out surveys to assess the next conservation steps that are needed to preserve it so it can continue to be enjoyed for future generations.
With the help of volunteers, the team have created a special Summerhouse pinbadge to help raise money for the remaining works which include repairing damage to the stained-glass windows, conserving the interior of the building - including the panelling and silk ceiling covers - and repairing the exterior larch cladding and some structural timbers.
Visitors can purchase a pin badge from the Visitor Welcome Centre or one of the shops when visiting Charlecote.