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Chastleton House Guidebook

Chastleton House Guidebook

Chastleton House
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Chastleton is an exceptionally well-preserved Jacobean house, barely modernised because the family who owned it for nearly 400 years were always short of money. Rare Jacobite memorabilia and original textiles contribute to the romantic air of decline that has been maintained since the National Trust took over in 1991. Chastleton was built between 1607 and 1612 by Walter Jones, a lawyer and MP. His home’s impressive exterior and lavishly decorated rooms were matched by an up-to-date garden design of walled courts that still survives. Walter’s descendants never had the funds to follow architectural fashions, so Chastleton has remained remarkably unaltered. Its symmetrical grandeur marks it out as an important example of elite Jacobean taste from a time when English architecture was making the transition from medieval traditions to classically inspired forms. The interior boasts a spectacular Long Gallery with barrel-vaulted ceiling, richly ornamented Great Chamber and exquisite wall coverings, as well as a kitchen that retains original Jacobean fittings despite having been in use until the 20th century. Chastleton’s other claim to fame is as the cradle of that quintessentially English sport, croquet. Victorian owner Walter Whitmore-Jones wrote the game’s defi nitive rules in 1865 and went on to win the first ever croquet championship. In 1991, the National Trust took over the house and has aimed to conserve and stabilise the property while keeping the wonderfully faded character that makes Chastleton such a special place. Richly illustrated with new photography, this lively book is complemented by a family tree, fl oorplans and a bird’s-eye view of the house and garden.

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5 Average Rating 5/5 (3 reviews)
5 stars Wonderful Guide to a Wonderful House Written by

It is wonderful reviewing our visit to Chastleton by means of this excellent guide. It's quite a house, and, although it took us two tries to see it, the effort was more than worth the trouble.

5 stars Upton House and Chastleton House Written by

Very happy that I could buy the latter on line but somewhat surprised I could not buy the Upton House brochure as there was no link to it - instead I phoned the Upton House shop who were more than happy to sell me one over the phone and post it to me !

4 stars Chastleton House Written by

Excellent guide to what is a magical property. The guide evokes memories of a very happy afternoon spent at Chastleton in the company of very knowledgeable room guides, who really are passionate about the place and brought the history vividly to life. It was a chance visit which proved enchanting, the only low spot was that they had sold out of the old guide book. The new one, purchased later, is an excellent reminder!

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