Chastleton House



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Built between 1607 and 1612, by a prosperous wool merchant, this is one of England's finest and most complete Jacobean houses. Chastleton House is filled with a mixture of rare and everyday objects, furniture and textiles maintaining the atmosphere of this 400-year-old home. The gardens have a typical Elizabethan and Jacobean layout with a ring of topiary, two croquet lawns and a kitchen garden. The National Trust has focussed on conserving rather than restoring the house and garden, reflecting an atmosphere of romantic decline. There is no tea room or shop, and all entries are on a timed ticket basis. See website for details.

Chastleton House


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Facilities: Visual material on ground floor, introductory video
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Wed-Sun, Mar & Oct 1-4 & Apr-Sep 1-5 (last entry 1hr before close). Dec, Sat-Sun 11-3

About the area

Discover Oxfordshire

Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.

The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.

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