Westwood Manor may be a small but, thanks to the care and attention of its current tenants, its beautifully restored rooms have a domestic feel.
Built over three centuries from the fifteenth century (and adapted and changed for succeeding generations), it is the most recent, twentieth-century restoration that has had the most impact on Westwood Manor – thanks to the restorers' skills and understanding of medieval, Tudor and Jacobean periods.
In 1911 Edgar 'Ted' Lister bought Westwood Manor and with much attention to detail restored it to its seventeenth-century glory. Taking back alterations, he uncovered original wall panelling, ceilings, and even original window glazing hidden beneath plaster.
The sound of music
The country's earliest Italian keyboard instrument forms part of the collection: a virginal dating from 1537. There is also a spinet, built by Stephen Keene in London, from 1711.
In 2009, with the support of the National Trust and a number of private subscribers, both were restored to full working order.
" Getting to know an original instrument's particular voice and disposition is immensely rewarding for player and listener alike. In a fascinating and touching way, we become an integral part of that instrument's long history."
The garden is a tranquil haven with lawns and topiary, and there is little to distract from its peaceful simplicity. Lister created two small pool gardens, now covered in water lilies and home to the rare and protected Great Crested newt.