Windermere Attractions

Cheltenham and the Cotswolds are home to some of England’s most stunning stately homes and manor houses.

Snowshill Broadway

Situated just 11 miles from Cheltenham, Snowshill Broadway is a manor house which was extended in Elizabethan times. Toys, musical instruments and clocks and a large collection of Japanese Samurai armour are displayed. The small garden is a perfect place to explore with its ponds and terraces.

Rodmarton Manor

Rodmarton Manor is 15 miles from Cheltenham in Cirencester, and is one of the last country houses to be furnished by hand between 1909 and 1929, using local stone and local craftsmen. The furniture and pottery were hand painted by Alfred and Louise Powell and the wall hangings were designed by Hilda Benjamin. The garden was designed by Ernest Barnsley and includes herbaceous borders, roses, rockery and topiary.

Chavenage House

Situated in Tetbury, 17 miles from Cheltenham, Chavenage House is a Cotswold manor which has not altered in the last 400 years. Best known for its appearance in the popular TV series, Larkrise to Candleford, the house was built in a classic Elizabethan E-shape and is packed with stunning period furniture and fascinating relics from the Cromwellian era. Look out the windows of the manor and you’ll understand why directors chose this property as the setting for the show.

Chastleton House

Chastleton House enjoys a great location in Moreton-in-Marsh, just 19 miles from Cheltenham. This fascinating house is one of England’s finest Jacobean houses and is packed with rare objects, furniture and textiles which have been collected since 1612. In the 20th century the Great Chamber was used for giving Christmas presents to the estate staff. The gardens have a display of fascinating topiary at their heart.

Ragley Hall

Situated just over 20 miles from Cheltenham in Alcester, Ragley Hall was designed in 1680 and is the family home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford. The Great Hall has some of England’s finest baroque plasterwork. The famous mural `The Temptation´ by Graham Rust is in the south staircase hall, and family portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds in the drawing room.

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