Historic Houses in Gloucestershire
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This is our guide to the stately homes of Gloucestershire. For other historic properties see Historic Buildings in Gloucestershire
A sprawling Elizabethan country house of grey Cotswold stone. See the chamber where Oliver Cromwell slept when he visited here with General Ireton in 1648. The interior rooms feature historic tapestries, Cromwellian relics, and fine period furnishings.
A fabulous stately home built by William Blathwayte, Secretary of State to William III. In 1692 Blathwayte began to build an opulent mansion on the foundations of an earlier house. He chose what can charitable be described as a peculiar mix of styles - a combination of French, Dutch, and Italianate design, but the result is superb. The interior is overflowing with superb portraits, particularly Dutch artwork. Other highlights include wood-panelled rooms and an ornate state bed, The house stands in wonderful parkland with both water features and formal garden areas.
A late 18th century house designed by famed Georgian architect Robert Smirke and built 1816-17 for the Lloyd-Baker family. The interiors feature a suite of attractive Georgian chambers, including a Dining Room, Drawing Room, Library, and Entrance Hall.
Lodge Park is a 17th century 'grandstand' built as an observation point for viewers to watch deer coursing, a form of race between deer and hunting dogs. John Dutton, lord of the Sherborne Estate, had Lodge Park erected so the he and his guests could watch the coursing in comfort, play cards, dance, or simply socialise. There are very few grandstands still in existence, which makes Lodge Park's survival so impressive. The grandstand has been restored to its original condition by the National Trust, and stands amid lovely parkland laid out by Charles Bridgeman.
Starting life as a Tudor hunting lodge, Newark Park was converted to a Georgian country house. It is located on a cliff top, offering superb views to the River Severn.
Lovely Tudor manor house and gardens. Restored in 1926 after 100 years of neglect, by Cotswolds Arts and Crafts architect Norman Jewson. Painted cloth hangings dating from 1700. Mander family collections of textiles, furnishings and art.
An unusual early 20th century manor house of Cotswold stone, one of the last traditional country houses in England. Rodmarton Manor was built for Claud and Margaret Biddulph in 1909, by Ernest Barnsley, who created a lovely house in the Arts and Crafts mode.
Bourton on the Hill
An extraordinary country house built in the manner of an Indian palace, creating a little bit of the Far East in the middle of the Cotswold countryside. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavillion. The house is set in a small but beautiful Oriental gardens.
Wow! A maze of rooms crammed full of the decidedly eclectic (and eccentric) collections of Charles Paget Wade, who rebuilt the ruined Cotswold manor from 1919. Crammed into every nook and cranny is a jumble of objects from bicycles to toys, musical instruments, masks, spinning wheels, and on and on. All of the finest craftsmanship.
A glorious Cotswold manor in a secluded setting, Stanway House is one of the finest historic manor houses in Gloucestershire, and boasts the highest fountain in Europe. The origins of Stanway go back to the eary 8th century, when the manor was owned by the Abbey of Tewkesbury.
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