Coughton Court stands in 25 acres of grounds containing some of the most beautiful gardens in the country.
The name Coughton (pronounce "Coat-un") suggests a settlement or farm known for the hunting of woodcock or game birds.
It is believed that there was a medieval house on the site when John de Throckmorton arrived in 1409 to marry into the de Spiney family. Since that time, Coughton Court has been home to the Throckmortons, one of the UK's oldest catholic families.
Coughton Court still has many of its original features including its flamboyant sixteenth-century gate tower. It is one of the last remaining Roman Catholic houses in the country to retain its historic treasures, housing one of the very best collections of portraits and memorabilia of one family from the early Tudor times. Alongside family items on display, there are pieces such as the chemise reputedly worn by Mary Queen of Scots when she was executed and a bishop's Cope, with intricate needlework, believed to have been worked upon by Catherine of Aragon.
Coughton Court was gifted to the National Trust in 1946 by the Throckmortons, the family continue to live at Coughton Court, continuing six centuries of unbroken tradition.
Since 1992, the gardens which had been abandoned after the Second World War have been brought back to life by Clare McLaren Throckmorton and her daughter Christina Williams who have created a garden that provides this beautiful house the setting it deserves.
8 March to 4 November, Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm-5pm.
Not open: Wednesdays in March and October and 8 and 9 September.
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N.B. In a change to the 2018 printed handbook, this property does not any longer admit Historic Houses members for free. We apologise for this change.
Enjoy a private tour of the award winning Throckmorton Gardens. Pick the brains of the Head Gardener whilst walking around.
Please ring 01789 400 004 for availability.
An exclusive tour of the private wing of Coughton Court, still occupied by the Throckmortons, one of Britain’s oldest Roman Catholic f amilies, who have lived here for 600 years. House is early Tudor with a fl amboyant C16th gate tower. The Throckmorton and Gunpowder Plots were fomented here. Gardens are described as ‘breathtaking.’