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Monday, September 27, 2010

Chastleton House

Chastleton House was completed in 1612 by Walter Jones, one of the 'new men' of the 17th century. He had made his fortune in real estate law as an attorney in London and invested it in the house you see below.

A later Jones, Arthur, aka 'the Cavalier' fought with Charles II at the Battle of Worcester and after the royalists were defeated is said to have fled back to Chastleton House where his wife drugged the pursuing Parliamentary troops allowing him to escape.

Chastleton House

Chastleton House retains much of its original furniture and has been owned by the National Trust since 1991. The National Trust has been careful not to 'over-restore' Chastleton House and the house retains its intangible fragility.

Chastleton House

Chastleton House is surrounded by gardens of an English Renaissance design which have been reworked over the generations. The dove cote near the entrance to Chastleton House can be seen in the photograph below.

Chastleton House

Chastleton House is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from the 24th of March to the 30th of October. Chastleton House is located near the A436 and is not far from Bourton on the Water, Snowshill Manor and Hidcote Manor Garden.

Chastleton, Oxon
GL56 0SU
Tel: 01608 674981
Map of Chastleton House

© 2010 John Westby

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