By remaining within the same family for much of its existence, Chastleton has been able to retain its unique spirit and collection being affectionately called a time capsule and treasure trove. With little intrusion from the modern age, it feels like you are stepping back in time as you enter the front door.
The spirit of romantic neglect continues out into the intimate garden where a visit can include a game of croquet, a perusal of the kitchen garden and herbaceous borders or for the little ones a game of hide and seek in the topiary. The Jacobean layout largely remains intact with the garden designed to have different ‘rooms’ to explore. The rules of Croquet were codified at Chastleton so there is no better place to try your hand at the sport. The croquet set is available to enjoy most afternoons, weather depending.
Chastleton is open Wednesday to Sunday between March and October from 1pm with last entry one hour before closing at 4pm. There is no official on-site National Trust tea room at Chastleton but refreshments can be purchased Wednesday to Saturday in the local Church with proceeds going to local charities. On Sundays the Chastleton Brewhouse is opened to serve beautiful homemade cakes and a selection of teas and coffee with proceeds going back into our work at Chastleton.
The gardens are not only beautiful to stroll through but also extremely fruitful with regular produce available to purchase from visitor reception. Punnets of home grown strawberries and juicy peaches line the shelves in the summer and other treats can be bought throughout the year.
Entry to Chastleton is free for National Trust members. Adult admission to the house for non-members is £10.50 with Gift Aid. Please visit our website for a full list of prices.
Chastleton is a Jacobean treasure-trove hidden away in the Oxfordshire countryside. Visit with your group in the morning to enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the house or the tranquil gardens.