We have had a great summer so far, largely spent taking private house tours around the manor house and gardens. Thw tours are usually conducted by Sir Nicholas Mander, who bought Owlpen in 1974, and has spent a lifetime restoring, repairing, researching and reinvigorating the estate. Yesterday we were lucky enough to welcome the Friends of Gloucester Archives, a group of 24 people who, despite the rain, very much enjoyed their trip around the house, conducted by Hugo Mander. Here is a flavour of their kind words after the visit was over:
We were lucky enough to welcome Jen and Andy to Owlpen, complete with their families and friends, to enjoy their wedding at Owlpen this weekend. We were so pleased by what they said, that we decided to share it here:
Although the summer does not officially start until the solstice, it certainly feels as though the season is upon us here in our little valley at Owlpen. As our wedding guests enjoyed the gardens yesterday the mercury rose to 26 degrees, hotter than Spain or the south of France. Thankfully there is plenty of shade under the yew trees, some of which were planted over 400 years ago.
We had a visit from the BBC today. They are filming an episode of "Escape to the Country" in the Cotswolds, and asked to come to Owlpen to film a history section for this episode. Sir Nicholas Mander has been busy talking to Nicki Chapman about manor houses, Cotswold gardens adn the Arts and Crafts movement, not to mention the odd ghost siting... More details to follow!
We were delighted to receive notice of a recent painting of Owlpen by Mr Ronald Whiting recently. He began this work many years ago, and only recently rediscovered it and decided to finish it off. Thank you for your beautiful rendition of Owlpen!
This winter we had a visit from the Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory, who made use of the scaffolding provided by our film crew to access the ancient cruck trusses in the Cyder House. The team used specialist drills to bore into the heartwood of the trusses, to establish the precise date when the trees, used to support the massive Cotswold stone roof of this Grade 1 listed building, were felled.
It has been a busy winter here at Owlpen: whereas we would usually be fixing roofs and repairing roads, we have had a film crew of 130 people (sometimes) on site since January 5th. Glad to say that we are now open again, and excited to welcome our guests for this week's Cheltenham Races event and beyond. Please come and see us soon!
Owlpen Manor, the grounds and the Cyder House restaurant are currently closed as we host a film crew on the estate. We hope to be open again by February 22nd.
We apologise for the inconvenience. Walkers can still use the public footpaths on the estate, which are all open as usual.
Now booking for Badminton horse trials: contact Bella in the office to find out about our transport, food packages and cottage availability.
And book advance tickets for Badminton now! https://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/tickets/