Charlecote Park

ADDRESS: Wellesbourne, Warwick, Warwickshire, England CV35 9ER
PHONE: 01789 470277
WEB: Charlecote Park
  • Licensed Restaurant
  • Disabled Access
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walks
  • Picnics
  • Shop
  • Free Parking
  • Gardens

Dating from the 1550's, Charlecote is a Tudor house of immense character set in a 180 acre park, and home to the Lucy family for over 700 years. The house sits on the banks of the River Avon and enjoys views across a landscape massaged by Capability Brown during the mid 1700's.

Although Elizabethan in appearance and dating from the period, much of the external fabric of Charlecote is actually Victorian. When George Lucy inherited Charlecote in 1823, he set about removing the modifications made by successive generations of Lucy's, to restore the house to the Elizabethan style. He also extended the house and added outbuildings. The gatehouse is the only original Elizabethan building at Charlecote Park. Explore the grounds in the 360 degree panoramas above.

Queen Elizabeth stayed at Charlecote Park for two nights in 1572, staying in what is now the drawing room. The Queen's arms are carved on the entrance porch celebrating her visit.

It is claimed that William Shakespeare also had an association with Charlecote, in-so-much that he was caught poaching by the first owner of the house, Sir Thomas Lucy.

The early Victorian interior of Charlecote has many paintings, sculptures and fine furniture, along with some very ornate ceilings. The great hall, originally used for banqueting - but now displaying family portraits, has a barrel vaulted ceiling.

You can also visit the Victorian kitchen, brew house, tack room and laundry at Charlecote, as well as seeing a collection of period horse drawn carriages.

A formal parterre garden terrace enclosed by beautifully carved balustrades, lies to the west elevation of the house, overlooking the River Avon and the flood plain beyond. To the north of the house is a well manicured croquet lawn with full and colourful borders. North east of the house is the woodland garden where you'll also find the orangery, now the National Trust restaurant. Adjacent to the coach house is a small sensory garden. Just south of the house, the River Dene runs into the Avon across an attractive, stepped waterfall.

Beyond the boundaries of the house and garden, the park is extensive, with miles of footpaths, stunning views along the river and across the estate, where you'll see deer and rare breeds sheep. The park is ideal for picnics and benches are scattered around the park.