Celebrating Chinese New Year through our collections

Today marks Chinese New Year and we’re marking this occassion by highlighting some special items from our collections – both inside and out…

Our House Elves care for such a wide variety of items. The collections includes things such as copper pots, taxidermy, framed portraits, tiny miniatures, carved stonework, family books, as well as a fleet of carriages and an historic harp! But we asked them to pick just a few items to share today – each of them with a Chinese connection.

Here’s just a few of the items they chose;

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Amazing Anniversary at National Trust Charlecote Park

We love hearing about your visits to Charlecote, especially when you choose to spend your special occassions with us!


The morning of our 15th Wedding Anniversary started with heavy rain and an hour into our drive to National Trust Charlecote Park near Stratford Upon Avon it was still raining.

We were feeling optimistic that the weather would improve despite the forecast. Fortunatly plans were very loose and our main aim was to obviously enjoy each others company so the weather didn’t matter too much (although dry is obviously nicer)

Shortly before arriving at the car park the grey clouds started to depart and blue sky was quickly making an appearance.

Walking along the long driveway we were greeted by a magnificent gatehouse with beautiful and ornate turrets, balustrades and carving. As you can see the weather really had improved and the billowy white clouds were looking amazing.

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Underneath the Gatehouse arch and a little peak at the house

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Oak trees are just starting to come into leaf and so…

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Other people’s gardens…

This Sunday (30 March) marks the beginning of British Summer Time! And doesn’t it feel like a long time coming. We’ve certainly had some extreme weather so we’ll be looking forward to longer, hopefully sunshine filled, days.

This date also marks our longer opening hours for the house. Our House Elves will be opening the doors at 11am with last entry at 4pm. Why not come along and see if you can see anything that is a little different this season…?

In the meantime, we’re delighted to share with you this lovely blog from one of our visitors. ‘The Random Gardener’ visited earlier this month spotting spring flowers in the garden. It includes some lovely photographs.

First day out of the year! Well, first day out visiting a garden, anyway. Though admittedly the gardens are just a small part of the Charlecote visit, but they’re a very pretty part. The house and the deer park probably spring to mind more readily. Shakespeare was supposedly caught poaching deer in the park, though how true this is I couldn’t say.

though there are photographs in the house showing the garden in the early 20th century with lots of formal flower beds, so it would have been much more colourful.

At the back of the house is a parterre garden, only just planted up for spring but in a month or two it will be lovely.

< Read more of The Random Gardener’s post on their blog >