Owlpen Manor in its secluded Cotswold valley has been described by a Tovey’s tour guide as ‘the most beautiful place in England’.
The Tudor house dates from 1450 - 1616 with careful Cotswold Arts and Crafts repairs in 1926 when the house was awakened after 80 years of being forgotten, and hidden behind enormous yew trees.
The interior of the house, which can only be viewed by special arrangement, contains: some remarkable survivals, portraits and collections of the Mander family (who built Wightwick Manor), and a renowned group of Cotswold Arts and Crafts Furnishings.
The formal terraced garden is a rare and fascinating survival, last reordered in the 1720’s.
We have lunch here.
After lunch we move to Grade 1 Woodchester Mansion a beautiful and unique Victorian Gothic house hidden in another, nearby, fold of the Cotswolds.
Building started in 1857 but stopped in the mid 1860’s, leaving a roof, but with floors and ceilings missing, walls not plastered and windows not glazed, allowing all the secrets of the construction to be visible. Woodchester is so well hidden that it is still difficult to find today. Fortunately for us this means that it was never plundered for materials and so wood and half carved stone are left just as if the builders were to return.
If you have enjoyed any of the National Trust’s great Victorian houses this visit will allow you a rare insight into their construction and architecture.
The Coach will depart from Yateley Road, Edgbaston.
Please gather at 8.15 am for 8.30 am departure.
We plan to leave Woodchester at about 4.30pm
Cost £65.00 per person
This includes travel in an executive 25 seater coach and entrance to both properties. At Owlpen coffee and tea will be available on arrival and after this we have a tour and then a two course lunch.
After our tour of Woodchester there is cake and tea organized before returning to Birmingham.
Nether of these houses are run by National organizations so membership cards unfortunately do not apply.