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Shute House is a Grade II-listed former rectory, dating from the late 16thcentury with an early 18th-century Baroque-style extension to the south. The 18th-century range retains fine period features such as main stairs, panelling, ceilings and fireplaces. A highlight of the property is the magnificent garden designed by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe for Captain Michael and Lady Anne Tree, first begun in 1969 and finished 25 years later in 1994 for the present owners. Considered to be Jellicoe’s masterpiece, he cleverly diverted the River Nadder to create a series of canals, pools and waterfalls which pass through a number of garden ‘rooms’ before culminating in the musical rill garden.

Chettle House, designed by Thomas Archer, was built in 1710 for George Chafin. Considered by Pevsner to be a ‘nationally outstanding…specimen of English Baroque’, the Grade I building was bought in the mid 19th century by the banker William Castlemain, who remodelled parts of the house. Of red-brick with ashlar dressings, the plan of the house is characterised by its rounded ends and the sweeping double staircase in the Oak Entrance Hall remains a highlight of Archer’s original design. Although converted into flats in the 1950s, new owners have recently restored the house back into single use.

*£10 discount when booked before 31 January 2019 (regular price £90)

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