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“Chastleton” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chastleton House and Garden

Chastleton House and Garden
Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU , England
01494 755560
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: Completed in 1612, this is one of the finest and most complete Jacobean houses in England, with scenic gardens and a topiary that are truly Jacobean and Elizabethan in style.
UK
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“Chastleton”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

A Jacobean house with charm; this is not a typical National Trust visit. The National Trust has adopted the approach to conserve rather than to restore and the house is as it was when the family left. It seems they never had quite enough funds to keep up to the maintenance and certainly not enough to modernise with changing fashions, so much of the interior is original. You really sense the history of the place. The room guides were friendly and informative and the gardens pretty. There is a temporary arrangement for selling hot drinks, but there are plans for a cafe in the future.

Visited May 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful house, but not for families with young children.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We had National Trust Membership when we visited, and two young children. This was one of the first houses we visited with our membership, and I wondered if we had made a dreadful mistake. Fortunately since then, we have visited NT properties where the staff have been wonderful and we've had a brilliant day out. Sadly, Chastleton is spoiled for me because of the way we were treated by the staff. It is a beautiful and very interesting house and I would recommend it to anyone - unless they have young children with them. The gardens are also very interesting and charming too. Definitely worth a visit if you love old buildings and history like me.
From the moment we arrived with our push-chair, we were shouted at in a rude and unfriendly manner about having to leave the push chair at the entrance. We do understand the need for this, but there are ways of talking to people that can avoid them feeling unwelcome and 'told off' in front of all the other visitors. Embarassed, we then entered the house, with a sensible 6 year old and a boisterous 2 year old, and I felt completely uncomfortable - as did another couple with a younger crying toddler. You could feel the frosty and disapproving stares from staff in every room - children should not be allowed here and have no place in this historic home ! Later we got shouted at again by a woman, because we went the wrong way, and again in another room because my child touched something.
I could not wait to get out of there. Horrible horrible atmosphere. Either avoid this place like the plague if you have young children, or go there deliberately to wind these miserable people up !

Visited August 2012
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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“Faded glory”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We visited Chastleton House on our recent trip to the Cotswolds. The house is beautiful outside and interesting inside. Fascinating history and a wonderful bible there that Charles 1st took to the scaffold with him! Lots of interesting family portraits and a shame that the family no longer live there. There are some lovely Jacobean moulded ceilings and a long gallery at the top of the house with great views. The girls in the family used to play shuttlecock there on wet days. The garden outside is quite compact, but pretty and if you are into croquet you can play on the croquet lawn! Teas are served in the church next door. We were lucky on the day we visited as it was sunny and warm, in less clement weather the walk from the car park wouldn't be pleasant. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Visited May 2013
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cornwall
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“A Time capsule”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This is a very interesting house, not just for its architecture but also the amount of furnishings and antique "junk" to be found inside. The National Trust has conserved and preserved rather than restored, but alas if you are susceptible to sinus trouble or sore throats you may well find the dust too much. We came out desperate for a drink of anything. There is no provision for the sale of cold drinks etc in the reception building which I think is a pity. Fortunately the ladies of the church next door were making tea by the time we came out so we had tea and a slice of cake there. There is a timed ticket entry system. We got there by 12.30 for opening at 1pm and in April had no trouble getting tickets. The car park is some walk from the house through a lovely field of sheep but you would get soaked on a wet day.

Visited April 2013
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“Enjoyable & Interesting House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Enjoyed our visit to this property, and down the narrow road just before arriving at the house we found a footpath/bridleway sign so gave our dog a lovely walk with wonderful views across to Gloucestershire. This NT property said dogs were allowed in the car park area and the field opposite the house, but the field opposite the house was full of sheep and people walking to and from the house/car park, so stopping to walk him on the footpath/bridleway was a good choice. It's an amazing house seeing it left in a lived-in condition as others have mentioned. It was quiet when we visited so there wasn't a timed ticket system as mentioned in our NT book, so we were able to go in the house as soon as we arrived. Guides were friendly and helpful, and there was so much to see in this house, plenty of rooms to really give you a feel for how people must of lived here. Well worth visiting.

Visited April 2013
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