£90 All day (inc. lunch at Claydon House). Chilton House was largely rebuilt from 1739 onwards by Richard Carter, Chief Justice of South Wales, on the site of an earlier 16th-century
All day (inc. lunch at Claydon House).
Chilton House was largely rebuilt from 1739 onwards by Richard Carter, Chief Justice of South Wales, on the site of an earlier 16th-century house owned by the Croke family. Based on William Winde’s Buckingham House (1702-5), the house is constructed of red brick with stone dressings and has four storeys, including basement. The east and west elevations are of 9 bays; the more elaborate east front has a rusticated basement and stone Doric pilasters flanking the outer pair of bays. Since 1739, the Grade II* house has remained within the same family, albeit through a complex descent. The present owner, Sir Henrey Aubrey-Fletcher Bt, has restored the fine plasterwork and staircases of the 18th-century interiors and the house is currently run as a luxury private nursing home.
Claydon House, although in the National Trust’s custodianship, still remains the home of the Verney family, who have lived at Claydon since the 15th century and currently run the estate, garden and stable court enterprises. The present house, grade I-listed, dates from the 1750s and was commissioned by the 2nd Earl Verney. The rather austere exterior belies the extravagant rococo interiors, with ornate carving and chinoiserie, which were created by Luke Lightfoot. In the 1760s a second wing was built, connected to the first one by a colonnaded rotunda surmounted by a cupola. After Verney’s death in 1792, his niece Mary, Lady Fermanagh, inherited and pulled down the rotunda and second wing, thereby reducing the house to its present size.
*£10 discount when booked before 31 January (regular price £90)
Andrew Wells leads
All Day (Wednesday)