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Overview

Whittington Court is a small Tudor manor house with Jacobean and later additions, set in beautiful Cotswold countryside 5 miles east of Cheltenham.

The present house, believed to sit on the site of a much earlier Manor, was probably started by Richard Cotton of Carmarthen, with later additions built by subsequent generations of the Cotton family who held the house through the 16th and 17th Centuries. It was clearly substantial because on September 9, 1592, Queen Elizabeth ‘dyned at Mr Cotons at Whytington’ on her Progress through Gloucestershire.

Visitors to the house today are able to see most of the main rooms including the dining hall which is the most complete part of the early house with its four-centred arch chimneypiece of around 1590 and the library in the east wing with its elaborate and ambitious Renaissance fireplace.

The massive oak staircase, dating from before 1637 with its rare early dog gate, gives access to the first floor of the east wing, originally conceived as a long gallery but now divided into a series of smaller sitting rooms.

At the very top of the house, visitors can see some of the attic bedrooms, one of which is the textile design and block printing studio of the house’s owner, Jenny Stringer.

The house contains some interesting furniture, notably the trio of Regency library bookcases, as well as collections of glass, ceramics, textiles, minerals and fossils, Egyptian artefacts and books, including a collection of books by The Whittington Press.

Visitors to the house are also welcome to enjoy the gardens and see the Tithe Barn (grade II*) built by Ralph Cotton in 1614, the Stables (grade II*) and St Bartholomew’s Church which dates from the 12th Century or perhaps earlier and might have been the chapel to an earlier house on the same site.


Opening
Opening

31 March to 15 April; 11 to 27 August. 2pm to 5pm.

 

Find Us
Find us

4 miles east of Cheltenham on the north side of A40.

The nearest train station is Cheltenham Spa approximately 6 miles away. The 801 bus route from Cheltenham to Bourton on the Water stops at Whittington.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Andy cars 01242 262611

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults £5.00, OAP £4.50, Child £1.00

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking

Fun Facts

We have important collections of glass, ceramics, textiles and fossils. There are also books from the Whittington Press on display and an open studio and exhibition on block-printed textiles.

 


Filming Opportunities

We welcome requests for filming. Whittington Court is a 16th-century manor house with Elizabethan interior including a massive oak staircase and Renaissance fireplace in the library. Period features, antique furniture and family possessions.