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18 September 2018Visit Rodmarton Manor and Gardens - FULLY BOOKED
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Visit Rodmarton Manor and Gardens - FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 18 September 2018

We have arranged a private tour for 20 members of Rodmarton Manor for Tuesday 18th September, followed by a light lunch and the opportunity to explore the fabulous gardens.

Rodmarton Manor is the supreme example of a house built with all its furniture made according to Arts and Crafts ideals. It was one of the last country houses to be built and furnished in the old traditional style when everything was done by hand with local stone, local timber and local craftsmen.

Ernest Barnsley and the Cotswold group of Craftsmen, who built and furnished the house for Claud and Margaret Biddulph, beginning in 1909, were responsible for the revival of many traditional crafts in the Cotswolds which were in danger of dying out.

Most of the furniture was made specially for the house, either in the Rodmarton workshops, or by Sidney Barnsley, Edward Barnsley and Peter Waals. Some furniture was bought after the house was built but all pieces are directly or indirectly attributable to the original craftsmen or people who had connections with them.

The eight-acre Cotswold garden is interesting any month of the year but really beautiful throughout the summer months. It was designed originally as a series of outdoor rooms and is still the same today. There is a wide selection of planting that has been done over the years, with superb vistas and views throughout, and plenty of places to sit and admire the view.

Provisional timings

11:00       Meet at Rodmarton Manor

                Guided tour of Manor

12:30        Light lunch

14:00        Self-conducted tour of gardens


Tickets cost £20 which covers the tour of the house and gardens, and lunch. Further details will be available at the February lecture.

You may book your place on this visit at any of the regular lectures. Payment is required at the time of making a booking or within seven days. This fee can only be refunded if there is a waiting list for the visit and your place can be taken by another member.

For further information on Rodmarton Manor visit its website.