This beautiful, late 17th-house, with Dutch inspired interiors, was the home of William Blathwayt (1649-1717), MP for Bath from 1693 to 1710, who was largely responsible for the establishment of the War Office as a department of the British government. The formal gardens, with reflective ponds, a wildflower meadow and orchard, and the newly-opened terrace walks, are perfect for a quiet rest or relaxing stroll. The 270-acre park, with veteran trees and herd of fallow deer, offers plenty of space for exploration, with far-reaching views across the Welsh hills.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Access to house restricted to ground floor & basement. Heavy electric wheelchairs not allowed in house
- Facilities: Tea room, shop & garden wheelchair accessible, use of 4 wheelchairs, free bus from car park
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: House open daily 4 Mar-29 Oct 11-5; Garden, basement, shop & tea room open daily Jan-Dec 10-5; Park open daily all year 10-5 (last admission 1hr before closing). Closes at dusk when earlier than 5. Closed 24-25 Dec
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About The area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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