Historical Honey Competition: Win a Charlecote goodies bag

One of our favourite history-filled websites is Historical Honey. Have you discovered it yet?

The site recently relaunched and now had lots more features including a competitions page. We were more than happy to provide a prize to our HH friends, especially as they feature a book review of our very own Mistress of Charlecote!


So if you haven’t read Mistress of Charlecote yet, or you haven’t got a very cute toy deer at home, why not head over and enter their competition? The competition is open until 16th December. Who ever wins will have their own little Christmas present winging its way to them in the post not long after!



But don’t fret if you’re not the lucky winner. All of the items included in the goodie bag are found in our Servants’ Hall shop which is open all year round.


A #GBWalk in the park

Across the National Trust, we’ve been celebrating the Great British Walk. We’re so lucky to have so many fantastic places to get out to and explore on foot. Many people think of the Peak District or the Lakes as the ideal place to go walking but there are so many wonderful places right here on our door step.

There is a wonderful walk you can do right here at Charlecote. It takes you through our park and past many wonders both past and present. You may even encounter our herd of fallow deer!

You can download the walk from our website.


You’ll discover the royal connections Charlecote has, find out more about the Victorian ‘wendy house’ nestled in the garden and perhaps even have a little time for a game of croquet after your river side wander.

We regularly have park walks, shorter walks, led by a volunteer who will tell you more about our magnificent parkland. These walks depend on volunteer availability but often we can run them 3 or 4 times a week. Check the board outside the Gatehouse when you arrive at the park, or give us a call to ask when our next walk will take place. There is always something going on in the park and a whole host of wildlife to be spotted!

Don’t forget we have our Boundary Walk on 3 November! This is completely free (normal admission applies) and is a guided walk following the boundary of the park. We’ll have staff and volunteers on hand to help and answer questions. The walk starts at 1pm from the Gatehouse.


Our first Boundary Walk in 2009 had, what seemed like, thousands of people joining us for a walk in the park!

Going potty for Whichford pottery!

We are eagerly awaiting some special pots being delivered to us here at Charlecote. Our pots are being made by Whichford Pottery, which not too far away. We have been sent some great photos of them being made…

We are getting some flower pots and a big bowl which is to be used in a water feature for the woodland garden! They have been designed with our mistress of Charlecote, Mary Elizabeth in mind.


Look out for them in our gardens soon!


Interested in pottery?
For more information on Whichford Pottery and to see how the pots are made visit their website here.

How is that table top made?

Our pietra dura table top ©NTPL/Derrick E. Witty

We have a beautiful pietra dura table pride of place in our Great Hall. If you have visited Charlecote’s house you will have seen it, I’m sure. It is something that lots of people ask questions about and many of our room guides have quickly built up their knowledge on this to help answer these queries.

The table dates from the 16th century. It is said that it came from the Borghese Palace in Rome, removed during Napoleon’s Italian campaign in 1796. It then came to Charlecote in 1823 when George Hammond Lucy bought at the Fonthill Abbey sale.

The reason for this blog post is to share with you this link that one of our volunteers found. The V&A website has a very good video on how a pietre dure panel is made! It’s amazing – really explains the process: watch it here. After watching this video, it makes us appreciate our table (and the other pietra dura that is contained in our collection) even more!

This is one of the really interesting items in our collection so if you do visit us, have a chat to one of our room guides who would love to tell you more about it!