We are now closed to the public for the winter. Occasionally we have private tours and events in November and March; please contact the office for details.
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We are delighted to have received a grant for further roofing work on the South range from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, managed by Historic England and the Historic Houses Association. The photo to the left shows why the repairs are needed. Work starts on 4th January. More details here.
Please help us by buying a ticket for this weekly local lottery. The Mansion Trust receives 50% of the price directly, plus a further share at the end of the year.
Ideal for anyone interested in the Mansion, this book tells the story of William Leigh, Benjamin Bucknall and the building of Woodchester Mansion.
WOODCHESTER MANSION is a unique and amazing Grade 1 listed Victorian Gothic house hidden in a beautiful Cotswold valley.
It is an unfinished masterpiece. Building started about 1857, but stopped in the mid-1860s so floors and ceilings are missing, walls not plastered and windows unglazed. All the secrets of the construction of the Mansion are visible - something visitors will never see in another country house.
The Mansion was designed by a young local architect, Benjamin Bucknall from Rodborough. He produced a unique Gothic Revival house which blends the local traditional work in limestone with the ideas of the French architectural thinker Viollet-le-Duc.
If you are interested in the Mansion and its history we have a book.
The quality of the stone carvings in the Mansion is outstanding: some are inspired by the plants in the surrounding valley and others are life-like images of animals. There are also real mammals to be seen as the Mansion houses breeding colonies of Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats.
Owned by Stroud District Council, the Mansion is managed by the Woodchester Mansion Trust (it is not a National Trust property). On Open Days visitors can see how the house was built, admire the fine carvings and look at the bats on CCTV. Refreshments are available and the surrounding Woodchester Park (National Trust) can be explored. It is also possible to arrange private tours and hire of the Mansion.
Woodchester Mansion Trust: Registered Charity No 900315
Please note: There is no mobile phone signal or public wifi at the Mansion.
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