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“Coughton Court - On my doorstep...”
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Coughton Court
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Alcester
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Owner description: Coughton Court has been home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years, this finest of Tudor houses stands testament to a family's courage in maintaining their beliefs. From a position of high favour to one of fear and oppression post-Reformation, the Throckmortons were leaders in a dangerous age, helping to bring about Catholic emancipation in the 19th century. Explore this story of fascinating personalities through the 'family album' of portraits and Catholic treasures around the house. Coughton is still very much a family home with an intimate feel: the Throckmorton family live here, managing the stunning gardens which they have created.
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Having lived ‘just around the corner’ in Redditch for +13 years we were well overdue our first visit of this stunning property.
We had a delightful walk around the gardens which for a family of four (two adults and two children) cost a reasonable £17 in total.
The gardens are splendid...even for someone like me who knows nothing about plants, herbs and trees etc. If one does have knowledge I would imagine it to be an engrossing experience.
We didn't go into the house - which I now wish we had - however this can be done on another day. The children really enjoyed the visit which was a real bonus! A nice, relaxing way to spend a couple of hours. Recommended.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Was really surprised at the beauty and extent of the gardens: worth the visit just to walk around and soak up the wildlfe. The house too was a great atmospheric surprise. Beautiful Tudor rooms, furnishings and lighting. The Gunpowder plot assosiations and furnishings in the top room were fantastic. Well worth a return visit

Thank alan b b
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

A great National Trust property to visit! - imposing exterior set in beautiful gardens with a fascinating interior. Lots of information available about its complicated history - especially the involvement of the Throckmortons with the Gunpowder Plot. Helpful and friendly volunteer guides!
And one of the family still lives here. Had a good lunch - chicken & ham hock pie, moist and delicious (wasn't keen on the bit of puff pastry plonked on top), steak & ale pie - a glass of wine and a pint of UBU - very good. Well worth a second visit.

Thank Bill D
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Did not like this place at all. Not the house as such but we did arrive a little early and although the gates were open when someone came out to us we had a very frosty "don't you eat lunch?" - talk about snobbish! We were abrubty turned away and told to come back later.....which we did not for obvious reasons!

4  Thank Jennifer W
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Nick T, Manager at Coughton Court, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2013

We are really sorry that your experience when visiting Coughton Court did not meet our standards of exceptional customer service. We pride ourselves in welcoming visitors as "guests" and many give feedback saying they feel that they leave as "friends" It would give the team at Coughton great pleasure if you were return to Coughton Court and enjoy all that we have to offer. Front of House Manager

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Reviewed August 25, 2012

The building is an historical treasure. The house and the generations of the Throckmorton family that have lived there have witnessed and been involved in so much history. The house is very atmospheric (I agree about it being spooky!) and it is easy to imagine secret Catholic Mass taking place, the fear of the priests hiding in the priest hole (you can see it!) and Gunpowder Plotters waiting for news of their failed plot. The fine house is surrounded by stunning gardens. As others have said, you have to pay £2.50 to visit the Walled Gardens that are looked after by the Throckmorton's still. It is worth every penny because they are beautiful. The gardens are very well kept and lots of fun to explore. Of course you have the usual National Trust facilities, a well stocked shop and very nice tearooms. There are also plant sales (Throckmorton plants) and a second hand bookshop. We didn't do it because there were threatening skies and rumbles of thunder but there were lots of walks around the wider grounds. You could spend the day there. I certainly recommend a visit.

Thank AdeSmith1972
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