Charlecote Manor Revisited

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday we revisited Charlecote Park. The tourist season is winding down as the end of summer and the beginning of winter approaches, and a lot of the National Trust properties are only open on the weekends now.  Charlecote Park is located just outside of Stratford-on-Avon and it isn’t far from us, so we decided to visit again.

Here I am just outside the entrance of Charlecote Park. They were having a pumpkin sale, it really set the tone for autumn! They had every kind of gourd and pumpkin you could imagine. Even pumpkins called “Cinderella Pumpkins” (I should have bought one) :)

Cindy at Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Cindy at Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

The road leading up to Charlecote is quite a long walk, but transportation is provided for you if you need it and can’t walk that far. It isn’t that long, but for people with walking difficulties, they have vehicles to take you to the manor house.

Road to Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Road to Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Getting ready to enter the gatehouse, then to the courtyard in front of Charlecote Manor.

(Remember, in England, always bring your umbrella!)

Cindy at Charlecote Gatehouse ©Cindy Williams

Cindy at Charlecote Gatehouse ©Cindy Williams
In England, never leave your umbrella behind!

Keri (on the left) walking toward the Gatehouse, wearing his Eskimo Joe’s Hoodie I bought him from Oklahoma :)

(I also had my Eskimo Joe’s t-shirt on under my coat, I should have sent them a photo for their Wall of Fame!) :)

Keri at Charlecote Gatehouse ©Cindy Williams

Keri at Charlecote Gatehouse ©Cindy Williams

Charlecote Manor

Charlecote Manor front ©Cindy Williams

Charlecote Manor front ©Cindy Williams

Back of Charlecote Manor

Part of Avon River @Charlecote Manor ©Cindy Williams

Part of River Avon @Charlecote Manor ©Cindy Williams

Entering Charlecote Manor ©Cindy Williams

Entering Charlecote Manor ©Cindy Williams

The National Trust has a program at each of their properties, for the children. They hide critters around in each room so the little kids can find them (and not be bored). Its a great idea! Charlecote Park calls it CRITTERS ON TOUR.

This week, there were fluffly little owls hiding in each room. (This all has significance,  I will reveal further down in my post)

Charlecote Critters - Owl hiding in house ©Cindy Williams

Charlecote Critters – Owl hiding in house ©Cindy Williams

Fluffly Owl hiding ©Cindy Williams

Fluffly Owl hiding ©Cindy Williams

Another owl hiding at Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Another owl hiding at Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Yet another fluffy owl @Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Yet another fluffy owl @Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

I follow Charlecote Park on Facebook. Last week, they posted about one of their little fluffy owls had fallen out of the nest.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CHARLECOTE PARK OWL RESCUE STORY.

So, in keeping with the theme, Charlecote workers have hidden the fluffy little owls around for the children to find (but adults find it fun too). :)

  Check out this dining table!

Charlecote Park dining ©Cindy Williams

Charlecote Park dining ©Cindy Williams

This Buffet took FIVE YEARS to carve! The artist included the jacobean sheep at the park, and also included carvings of three dog heads which were his own beloved dogs. It boggles the mind thinking of all the planning gone into this piece (and I fret over having to paint a little 6×6″ painting!) Some of this wood came from Warwick Castle

Buffet at Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Buffet at Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

The Library at Charlecote Park is not very big at all. BUT it is one of the most important libraries owned by the National Trust.

Charlecote Manor Library ©Cindy Williams

Charlecote Manor Library ©Cindy Williams

I would love to have a chair like this to relax and just read!

Lounge Chair in Charlecote Library ©Cindy Williams

Lounge Chair in Charlecote Library ©Cindy Williams

Each vase that is sitting on the top shelves in the Charlecote library are dated back to 4 B.C.

400 B.C. Vase @Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

4 B.C. Vase @Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Billiard Room at Charlecote

Billiard Room @ Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Billiard Room @ Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Queen Elizabeth I visited and stayed in what is now the Drawing Room.

Queen Elizabeth I visited Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Queen Elizabeth I visited Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

The Drawing Room is my favorite room in Charlecote

Drawing Room  Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Drawing Room Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Harp in Drawing Room @Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Harp in Drawing Room @Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Victorian Kitchen at Charlecote

Victorian Kitchen @Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

Victorian Kitchen @Charlecote ©Cindy Williams

It’s amazing how the deer there just graze whilst people are walking around. They don’t let people very near them, but they don’t run when people walk by. I guess they believe this is THEIR territory, which it IS.

Deer at Charlecote Park ©Cindy Williams

Deer at Charlecote Park ©Cindy Williams

Charlecote used to be the home of the LUCY family, built by Sir Thomas Lucy. There is an original letter to Sir Thomas Lucy from Oliver Cromwell.

There’s a tale about William Shakespeare as a boy, poached one of the deer at Charlecote.

And also Shakespeare wrote THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR which was based on Charlecote and the residents.

Click here for some great walking tips at Charlecote Park.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of Charlecote Park. I have more photos, but I would be here another five hours posting them (HA!)

Thank you so much for visiting and joining me at National Trust Charlecote Park!

Cindy

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