Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

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On the Set of Poldark

… well, not really. But we did visit Chavenage House in Tetbury, Gloucestershire which is the site of the Manor House in Poldark, as well as being in Lark Rise to Candleford and many other period costume programmes. On a Tuesday in July 2017 it was host to a coach load of National Trust members who arrived for a guided tour and two course lunch in the magnificent 16th century, grey Cotswold stone manor house. It has many Civil War associations including the tapestry-lined rooms stayed in by Cromwell and his second-in-command, General Ireton, in 1648. The house was added to at the turn of the last century and features an Edwardian Ballroom. There is also a family Chapel next to the house.

The guided tour was conducted by members of the Lowsley-Williams family, the current owners and the wonderful two course lunch, eaten in the ballroom, was cooked by another member of the family. We were made to feel so welcome and at home by everyone we met, including three dogs who mingled with the guests and, when we were outside in the grounds, encouraged us to throw a ball for chasing purposes.

A truly wonderful experience, enjoyed by everyone, which can be recommended other National Trust groups or individuals.

There is more information on their website: www.chavenage.com

Photos by Veronica Smith & Chris Senior


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