Chavenage House
Chavenage House
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CHAVENAGE HOUSE is a privately owned Elizabethan Manor House open to the public. It has been used as a TV location for many productions and is at present playing Trenwith in the popular Poldark. There is so much more to see and enjoy. Guided tours by members of the family.
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Elizabeth T
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Jun 2022 • Friends
Wow! what an amazing day you gave us all at Chavenage House. We truly had a most memorable day. Caroline Lowsley-Williams started our visit off with a wonderful, very entertaining, tales of her family’s magnificent home. We cannot recommend a visit more highly; it was such a great experience for everyone who was lucky enough to be able to be there with us.
Joanna, Caroline’s sister provided us with a most delicious lunch served in very splendid surroundings. We were even able to bring our own wine and soft drinks! Many thanks to Joanna and her team. We must also say a huge thank you to close family friend Gillian, who gave us such a fascinating tour of the house. She was so passionate and knowledgeable in her explanation of the long history of the house and family and of course all the various Film Productions. I can speak on behalf of everyone who attended, that we all thoroughly enjoyed her taking us around this fantastic family home. When we left we popped in the teepee next door for a cup of tea and delicious homemade cakes, an additional treat for us all, before our journey home. It was a great end to this very special day.
Thank you all, at Chavenage House, for such a memorable and immensely enjoyable occasion.
From the Inner Wheel Club of Taunton.
Written August 7, 2022
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giarc_10
Gloucester, UK4 contributions
Sep 2021
Having visited Chavenge before, we took a friend along for a day out as a birthday treat.
The visit was excellent value for money not just in the length of the tour but in the presentation by Caroline which included the history of the house and highly amusing family anecdotes. There's great benefit being shown round by a family member who is great fun and makes the stories come alive.
We left with big smiles on our faces.
Thank you to Caroline and all the staff, we will certainly be back.
Written October 4, 2021
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Ria115
Bath, England26 contributions
Jun 2020
Absolute gem of a place.

Such beautiful architecture and a wonderful tour given by the daughter of the owners, Caroline. She was so funny and engaging and presented so many interesting quips and stories that really made the place come to life.

The family offered home-made preserves and gifts at the end - made by themselves. Excellent quality.

Really taken aback with how much effort the family had put into making the visit so enjoyable.

I visited before Covid lockdown (the earliest option I could chose from the menu bar was June 2020), but the visit was so memorable that I am happy to recommend it; left a lasting impression.

Go if you can, once everything re-opens.
Written May 13, 2021
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madmalc2018
Orpington, UK57 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
A group of us visited Chavenage House in Tetbury Gloucestershire and many of them stated it was the best visit of a property they had ever had.
From the initial enquiry to saying goodbye went so smoothly. I have to mention Caroline who dealt with the booking and corresponded keeping me up to date with everything before our visit. Then there was Joanna who supplied our meal ( Ploughmans and apple tart) which we received on arrival and was very tasty. Then there was George the son of the owner who showed us round. He spoke of the family and many surprising facts, showed us the bed Oliver Cromwell slept in with a 400 year old original tapestry on the wall-very unique. He explained of the many films and television series that had been filmed there since 1975 including Poldark and there were many photographs of stars that had been to Chavenage. We were also shown many rooms of interest in this Elizabethen house the massive grounds and their church with the 1000 year old font. George was such a character so fascinating knowledgeable hilarious at times and so interesting you listened to him intently.
I would thoroughly recommend a group visit to this excellent property as you be looked after at all times and it was a great pleasure to meet such a lovely family
Written July 29, 2021
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Michelle K
Towcester, UK4 contributions
Aug 2021
We have just arrived back from a weekend visit to the Cotswolds. Part of our visit was to the beautiful Chavenage House. We received a lovely warm welcome from the family there. George gave us a tour of the house, including it’s history, information about the Stephens family who first owned the house and George’s family who still live there now. He talked of the several films and series that had been filmed there, great anecdotes about the actors also.

We saw the room Oliver Cromwell stayed in whilst he tried to convince Nathaniel Stephens to agree to the execution of Charles I including the legend that follows. Contained within, was a beautiful 400-year-old tapestry that covered all the walls, which also carried it’s own story. There was so much to learn about this great place, so much to see and we found it really interesting.

Afterwards we were invited to have lunch with the family. Joanna cooked the most delicious meal for us. She must have gone to a lot of trouble, and we thoroughly enjoyed it and to be able to chat round the table made it all the more special.
A special thank you also to Caroline for liaising with the organiser of our weekend and to James for the great wine recommendations.

I strongly recommend a visit to Chavenage if you can, but suggest a call or check on their website before visiting to check opening times/days.
Written August 3, 2021
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Joyce Sweet
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Apr 2022
After my 3rd visit to Chavenage House I thought it was long overdue that I wrote a review. My first visit was for the reception of my son and new daughter in law 12 years ago. From start to finish the whole experience was exceptional. A beautiful house with so much history in lovely surroundings and with excellent discreet service. My next 2 visits have been as part of my local WI history group. The first tour was taken by Caroline (a daughter of the owners). She was a mine of information about the family, house and its connection to other places in the area. Our second visit was in late April this year and this time it was George (son of the owners) who again provided us with so much information about the house especially visiting the bedroom that Oliver Cromwell had slept in with fascinating details about the tapestries that covered the walls of this and a second bedroom. Seeing photos and hearing about all the filming etc. that has taken place at the house (especially Poldark!) just adds to the experience. Both tours were thoroughly enjoyed by all members and were finished with delightful cakes and tea or coffee provided by Joanna (sister to George and Caroline). Hopefully it won't be the last visit by our group!
Written May 19, 2022
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Paul Butler
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Jul 2022
My group of about 40 people had a wonderful Cotswold tea (sandwiches, scones, cakes) all prepared by a member of the owner's family; we were given a witty and informative talk by another member before splitting into two groups for a tour of the house given by two other members - the family connections made a real difference to our understanding and appreciation of a classic, mostly Elizabethan, Cotswold manor house. We could well understand why it has been used as the settng for so many films and television series. The house itself, and its attached chapel, are fascinating, inclcuding the Cromwell room (where he stayed) which is clad entirely in original tapestries. There are many intriguing artefacts connected with this and other periods. It was a perfect vist and I am pleased to say everyone in the group really enjoyed it and appreciated the time and trouble the family had taken to give us a such an interesting time.
Written July 20, 2022
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jwain834
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK58 contributions
Aug 2021
We have been members of the National Trust for many years and during that time have visited and enjoyed many of their properties all over England and Wales.
Initially we stayed in Tetbury so that we could visit Highgrove. However we were told about Chavenage by a local shopkeeper, so we decided to give it a try. I checked their web-site only to find that only group tours could be accommodated due to Covid. Not to be deterred, I e-mailed Caroline, the daughter of the family who own Chavenage. Her response was swift, offering us the option of tagging onto one of the pre-booked groups.
Without a doubt, Chavenage is the best experience that we have had over all the years visiting Historical properties. Caroline and her brother George, by their anecdotes and insight into the fascinating history of the House, enhanced our enjoyment of the visit.
Although the House is important historically, what is more fascinating is that it continues to this day adding interest by being used as a location for films and TV programmes.
Our heartfelt thanks to The Abergaveny Historical Appreciation Soc. who allowed us to join them and to Caroline, George and others of the team, not forgetting the wonderful dogs. What a pleasure!!!
Written August 19, 2021
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Robin G
Klamath Falls, OR6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We had a wonderful tour on August 12th, 2022. There was a delicious lunch with our host George & his sister Carolyn. Very friendly down to earth people who made us right to home. George brought the history of Chavenage to life with significant facts and humorous antidotes. Thank you George & Carolyn.
Written August 14, 2022
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Frank C
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Jul 2022
Maney Probus Club (45 of us) had a brilliant time at our visit to Chavenage House. Caroline's presentation was entertaining as well as informative and George's guided tour made history come alive. It was a pleasure to hear aspects of our national history in the context of a family, though a very special family! And the lunch was excellent.
We have made lots of visits to historical properties but this was the best of the best!
Written August 2, 2022
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