Overview

Whitminster House is listed Grade II* and is a charming example of a family home that has evolved over the centuries.

The manor dates from Saxon times and is mentioned in Domesday Book. Variously owned by a succession of Earls, Dukes and Kings including Henry V, Edward IV and Richard III it became the property of local notables in the 17th and 18th-centuries. One of these, Richard Owen Cambridge, a friend of the poet Alexander Pope and of Frederick, Prince of Wales, created glamorous embellishments to the house and grounds which attracted many visitors. Sadly, the outdoor improvements have not survived but the panelled Library remains.

Positioned within ten acres of pretty, private gardens and a grove, Whitminster House offers a perfect location for filming, for full weekend weddings and self-catering family celebrations and for peaceful retreats


Opening
Opening
Appointment

Whitminster House is open by appointment for individuals and groups. 

Please contact us to arrange a visit:

Mrs Anita Teesdale 
whitminsterhouse@btconnect.com
01452 740204

Find Us
Find us

2 miles from junction 13 of the M5 between Gloucester (9 miles) and Bristol (28 miles), 1 mile W of the A38 through the village of Whitminster, next to St Andrew's Church.

Stonehouse station (direct trains from London to Cheltenham) is 4 miles away; Bristol Airport is 38 miles away. The nearest coach terminus is Gloucester.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Andy Cars 01242 262611

Admission
Admission

No charge.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

Whitminster House is open by appointment for individuals and groups. 

Please contact us to arrange a visit:

Mrs Anita Teesdale 
whitminsterhouse@btconnect.com
01452 740204


A word from the owner

We always felt any self-respecting house of this age should have at least one ghost, but had no concrete evidence other than the usual creaks and thumps associated with all old houses.

So it was with great delight that we learned of a ghost appearing on several occasions in the last fifty years to guests staying in a particular bedroom. What was even more interesting was they describe

The gardens at Whitminster


Weddings

One significant advantage of holding your wedding at Whitminster House is being able to personalise your own special day over an entire weekend.

Weddings at Whitminster take place in the Victorian Walled Garden beside the house, complete with a marquee for 100+ guests across the full weekend.

All weddings include the booking of the West Wing and Old Stables Cottage to provide accommodation for 16-18 close family and friends and ensure complete privacy, but further cottages are available.

We have a complete list of recommended suppliers, including a brilliant photographer who is very familiar with the venue and all the best locations for your shots, excellent caterers, cake makers, drinks suppliers, musicians and more.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Guest parking

Thank you once again for making their wedding the fairy-tale they had dreamt of. We have received such wonderful letters and know that every single guest enjoyed every single minute of the day and indeed the entire weekend for those who stayed on.

Parents of the bride


Accommodation

Whitminster House self-catering cottages offer comfortable, flexible accommodation in lovely rural surroundings for groups of 2-49 guests in six friendly cottages, and in the West Wing of the historic Manor House.

All are fully equipped, each with a garden and ample parking. One cottage has level access throughout and another combination comes with a free party room in which to host special celebrations for up to 40 guests.

Excellent local caterers can be arranged for all events, from intimate anniversaries, to hen and stag parties to full-blown weddings.

Located in beautiful countryside near the Stroudwater and Gloucester/Sharpness canals, there is a vast range of things to do and see in the surrounding area, from Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust to Gloucester Cathedral, Stroud's artisan Saturday Market to Berkeley Castle, racing at Cheltenham or rugby in Gloucester. 


Filming Opportunities

We welcome requests for filming. 

Whitminster House is a charming Cotswold stone manor house featuring a delightful melange of architectural eras.

Triple Hall: long shots through the Main Hall (large fireplace, carved black wood overmantel). Staircase Hall (dark oak staircase with landings, huge window, glass ceiling panels set in ornate moulding) and Garden Hall (light, double doors onto Terrace and lawn).

Victorian Dining Room: heavily-moulded high ceiling, full height carved wood overmantel around a stone fireplace, long low window seat below enlarged windows with wooden shutters.

Georgian Library: fully panelled in pine with a large mahogany bookcase complete with extensive collection of original leather-bound tomes, bow window with window seat and wooden shutters.

Victorian Drawing Room: large, light room with tall windows, moulded ceiling, gilt-framed mirrors and pictures against teal blue William Morris wallpaper.

Mediaeval Kitchen: beamed, flagstone floor, huge stone fireplaces with cooking niches and partial bread oven; built-in white-painted wooden dresser, servants' bells.

Porch Room & Chapel: four poster bed; blue & white tiled fireplace; doorway through to tiny whitewashed chapel with wood planked floor, small wooden chest/altar, Jacobean carver, leaded window facing church.

There is ample parking for vehicles and trailers, the Victorian Walled Garden has lavatories and access to water and electricity supplies plus a lawned space for marquees or gazebos. A large room off the Old Stables kitchen can provide under cover catering options for cast and crew.