Overview

Chavenage is a wonderful Elizabethan house of mellow grey Cotswold stone and tiles which contains much of interest for the discerning visitor.

The approach aspect of Chavenage is virtually as it was left by Edward Stephens in 1576. Only two families have owned Chavenage; the present owners (Lowsley-Williams) since 1891 and the Stephens family before them.

Inside Chavenage there are many interesting rooms, especially the 17th-century tapestries. The house and grounds have been used as a TV and film location on many occasions, including featuring as Trenwith in the hugely popular Poldark.


Today
Today’s opening hours

1 May to 30 September: Thursday and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Opening
Opening

2020

1 May to 30 September: Thursday and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

 

Find Us
Find us

2 miles north west of Tetbury. 7miles south east of Stroud Signed from Tetbury or off the A46.

You can take the train to Kemble or Stroud -  a bus to Tetbury and walk.

 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

The Pink Cab 07960 036003

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £10

Children: £5

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome at any time or day through out the year, by appointment only. Refreshments are available by appointment, generally served in the Ball Room.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

Chavenage is very suitable for functions, weddings, dinners and lunches.

We can accommodate up to 300 people, with seating for up to 100 people for meals and conferences in the Ball Room.

There are 5 rooms available:

1. The Hall, a medieval room with open fire;
2. Oak Room, 1590 panelled sitting room;
3. Ante Room, between the Hall and Ball Room;
4. Ball Room, with seating for 100 guests; and
5. Chomondley's Room, an en suite room for the wedding couples changing facilities.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking

Thank you for considering Chavenage as the venue for your special day. We look forward to showing you more.

The Owners


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Breakaway

Chavenage is ideal to use as a breakaway company centre.
We have often worked with several renowned agencies to organise some of the most memorable corporate events.

Past successful activities based at Chavenage have included:
- clay pigeon shooting,
- Land-Rover mud-plasting,
- buggy racing,
- murder mysteries, and
- hover racing around one of the biggest lawns in Gloucestershire.

Please call us to arrange any of your company functions

Chavenage Challenges

Chavenage Challenges is a cycling events company situated at Chavenage House in the heart of the Cotswolds. We offer Cyclo-cross racing and Road cycling Sportives on and around this privately owned estate. We are ideally situated in Gloucestershire within easy access of London, South Wales and the Midlands. Our main focus is to provide cycling enthusiasts with a selection of well organised cycling events from this magnificent location. Run by professional cyclist, James Lowsley-Williams, with the support of a dedicated crew of cycling enthusiasts and event organisers 'Chavenage Challenges' really does have cycling at its heart and we hope to see you at one of our events.

Facilities

  • Dinner
  • Plentiful parking
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Team building activities
  • Breakfast

Today
Today’s opening hours

1 May to 30 September: Thursday and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Opening
Opening

2020

1 May to 30 September: Thursday and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

 

Find Us
Find us

2 miles north west of Tetbury. 7miles south east of Stroud Signed from Tetbury or off the A46.

You can take the train to Kemble or Stroud -  a bus to Tetbury and walk.

 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

The Pink Cab 07960 036003

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £10

Children: £5

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome at any time or day through out the year, by appointment only. Refreshments are available by appointment, generally served in the Ball Room.

Other opening

Group visits

Groups are welcome at any time or day through out the year, by appointment only (coaches). Refreshments by appointment, generally served in the Ball Room. Chavenage is available for hire for private functions such as weddings dinners and lunches. Chavenage is especially suitable for those wishing an intimate and personal tour, usually conducted by the owner, or for small groups wanting a change from the larger establishments.

Accessibility

Disabled Access.
Chavenage is an Elizabethan building retaining many of its original features (dating from before 1576). As a result, there is unfortunately no wheelchair access, and there are steps and uneven floors throughout the house.

Health and Safety Advice.
In the gardens there are uneven surfaces, non-edible plants, low branches, and slippery surfaces in wet weather. In the building there are some steep stone steps, low doorways, uneven and slippery floors, and other steps not immediately obvious. Children should always be accompanied while visiting Chavenage.


Chavenage House's history and features

The earliest recorded owner of Chavenage was Princess Goda, the sister of Edward the Confessor, however there are records of Chavenage Green being the meeting place of the Hundred Court early in the ninth century. In the troubled times prior to the successful Norman invasion, Earl Godwin (Goda's husband), and former friend of the King, gathered a regiment together at a point on the estate, still known today as Longtree Bottom, with the purpose of confronting his brother-in4aw Edward, at Gloucester. The Earl Godwin, and his sons controlled much of southern England at this time and in 1054 had his headquarters at Beverstone. The Godwin family resented the King's Norman advisors and wished to make him see sense; fortunately a compromise was reached and no fighting ensued.

After the Conquest a community of Augustinian monks from Tours in France settled at Horsley, which since Anglo-Saxon times had encompassed Chavenage. Shortly after, however, the Abbot of Bruton, Somerset, was given authorisation to transfer some French property to the Augustinian Order in exchange for the Manor of Horsley and surrounding lands. Thus an English Community was established at Horsley in the late eleventh century.

Read more about Chavenage's history here


A word from the owner

We have a hands on approach, with David, George and Caroline doing much of the guiding. Joanna (David's other daughter) is a wonderful cook and runs Chavenage Catering.

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