Our fourth trip of the year took place in October to Chavenage House, and although I didn't go on this trip due to holidays, have found a flyer about the house, there's a website, and I have kindly been given permission to use the excellent photos taken by Marion James.
Although this historic Elizabethan house is home to the Lowsley-Williams family, it has been open to the public for a number of years. Tours of the house are usually conducted by a member of the family who will show visitors the tapestry rooms, furniture and relics of the Cromwellian period.
During the Civil War (1641-1649) Chavenage was owned by Colonel Nathaniel Stephens, MP for Gloucestershire who was persuaded by Cromwell, to whom he was related, to vote to impeach the King. Soon after the King was beheaded and Colonel Stephens died and it is said that his ghostly form was seen being driven away from Chavenage by a headless coachman wearing the royal vestments.
Chavenage has been used as a film set for many TV series, the most recent being Poldark starring Aidan Turner, although it's George and Elizabeth Warleggan who 'live' at Chavenage.
The Chavenage visit was the last for 2018, with visits to Madresfield Court, Hauser and Wirth, The Watts Gallery, and Chavenage House, we visited some outstanding places in the area.