Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote

Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote

Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote
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MikeyG53
Emersons Green, UK4,013 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Minster Lovell has three distinct areas; ‘Little Minster’ which we didn’t explore, ‘New Minster’ which is on, and south, of the Burford Road (B4047), and also a much more ancient ‘Old Minster’. The latter is an attractive rural area to the north of the Burford Road down in the River Windrush valley, which is the original village dating from Saxon times. This is a hugely attractive area with thatched cottages, a lovely looking pub, and a narrow lane leading up to Crawley and the northern part of Witney.

We explored by driving up the narrow lane but we baulked at a sign, which warned us of a narrow road with no passing places. We were aiming to visit the Freedom of The Press Winery which was further up this narrow lane: but on checking the website we saw that it was closed until much later in the day. At that point we could have easily turned around, but it was possible to park, and we had noted that other visitors were walking off from their parked cars. There was a sign pointing to a church (but nothing else). It was, however, obviously quite popular from the people parked-up there. So, we also parked, and followed an even narrower access road on foot which led us to St. Kenelm’s Church.

As we walked around the church there seemed to be more people than you would normally expect to encounter visiting a very old but fairly typical church on a weekday. Then as we reached the area behind the church we found the reason why. There, almost unannounced was Minster Lovell Hall. The sign, mentioned above, made no mention of the ruins of this extensive 15th Century Manor House and associated buildings like the Dovecote (which remains intact).

We spend a good 45 minutes looking around and marvelling at the scale of the buildings and reading the information signs that evidenced an illustrious history of association with the wealthy and powerful.

This National Heritage site is well worth a visit, if you have even the slightest of interest in the remnants of a local culture that goes back nearly 600 years.
Written August 16, 2021
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dena f
California305 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
Minster Lovell is a nice place to walk and look around though parking is not ample. The Hall is an easy walk open to the public behind a historic church. A small donation is requested though the site is unmanned. It is an English Heritage site. It’s right on the water and it would be a nice place to picnic in good weather. Our kids enjoyed running through the different rooms and looking around.
Written February 11, 2021
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Marcus G
Stroud, UK342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is very good - well worth a look, park at the top of the road, because you honestly don't want to turn round by the church. Anyway, entry is free it's English Heritage and you can get a guide book in the church. In it's day this would have been a major house and much more remains than similar dated buildings.
All in all recommended.
Written March 8, 2020
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Marge
Birmingham, UK490 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
Lovely scenery around Minster Lovell. Great place for picnics by the riverside & around the ruins. Lots of families enjoying the sun here during lockdown with little ones paddling in river. Lots of photo opportunities around ruins.
Written June 10, 2020
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Jo B
Sydney, Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful heritage site ticked away at the end of the most beautiful street in England. A well kept secret so that when the rest of the Cotswolds are crowded you can escape and appreciate history and country beauty at the same time. Thatched roofs! We didn’t have time to stop in at the pub - The Swan - but it’s on our list for next time.
Written April 1, 2024
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Jem137
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
My family and I frequent here often we never tire of exploring the magnificent ruins. We’ve swam in the beautifully clean river on many occasion, we’ve enjoyed pond dipping for newts in the pond next to the river, and have been known to go crayfishing here also. There’s so much more then meets the eye with this treasure of a place, perfect for a full family day out with big ones and little ones alike.
Written August 7, 2020
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mrsDenver_Colorado
Denver, CO39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Hardly anyone else here, such a nice escape from the crazy tourist Cotswalds. No tour buses here! You wonder through a beautiful church yard and out the back and the ruins are just spectacular. The architecture is beautiful and the interpretation is fun to bring the ruins alive.
Written January 16, 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
SO PICTURESQUE! Lots of history, fascinating to "read" the remains of the buildings to see how the house changed. Wander around to the dovecote, it's been open to go inside on some of my visits over the years.

Good interpretation boards.

Love the stories about Lord Lovell, locked in the cellar and starved to death.

Church is quite special, but Bampton or Burford are better.
Written July 18, 2020
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Jacqui B
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Came across this church when finding places to visit. Totally surprised to stumble across the old Manor ruin behind the church. Beautiful landscape with river and great picnic spots. The lovely cottages and warm and friendly pub at the end of the road, where we ended our visit. Totally recommend visiting if in the area.
Written August 26, 2020
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Jenny
88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Parking at the top of the lane is limited. Very popular on a warm sunny day with families. Young children love playing in the ruins, paddling in the river and lots of picnicking. Not so good if you want to savour the history and mystery - go on a foggy day in November, preferably at dusk.
From the far side of the grounds, there is a gate to a path which will get you a good circular walk over the river, through fields and the next village (Crawley). Probably about 5 miles.
Written August 1, 2020
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