WOODCHESTER MANSION

A HOUSE LIKE NO OTHER

An amazing unfinished Gothic Revival masterpiece

NOW CLOSED FOR THE WINTER  

 

THANK-YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED US BY VISITING IN 2020 & 2021

We RE-OPEN on FRIDAY 1st APRIL 2022 at 11am

 


Open Days

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.

WE RE-OPEN on FRIDAY 1st APRIL 2022 at 11am

For all queries, please email: info@woodchestermansion.org.uk

What to see when you do visit the Mansion →

 

 

New Grant

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! More details here.

Christmas Cards

We have Mansion Christmas cards for sale. Pack of 10, single design (image above), greeting inside 'With best wishes from'. The price is £7.80 inc. p&p. Please email: info@woodchestermansion.org.uk to order.

A Christmas Gift

Woodchester - A Gothic Vision

Ideal for anyone interested in the Mansion, this book tells the story of William Leigh, Benjamin Bucknall and the building of Woodchester Mansion.

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Conservation 

Last winter the ironing room roof and part of the north range roof were restored.

Click here to see the finished work

If you are interested in how the work progressed, follow this link.

Over the winter we will post progress on work on the E end of the S range roof (above).

Highlights of 2021

It's been a short season, but we've had a variety of events. To see what's been happening, click here.

Lucky Severn Lottery!

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.

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Membership

Please support the Mansion by becoming a member of the Woodchester Mansion Trust, the charity that manages the Mansion. Membership brings benefits to both you and the Mansion. To join, click here.

Halloween Spooky Cellars

To relive the fear, click here!

 

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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