Chastleton House has no tea room. What? How can that be? What manner of madness is that in a National Trust property in the middle of nowhere?
Proof positive on my enjoyment!
A close up of the bottle.
Chastleton House itself has timed tickets for admissions, and these sell out very quickly because visitor numbers are restricted. On our way out, we saw a notice pinned to the gate that said the house was full. If you'd travelled a long way expecting to gain entry, unfortunately you would have wasted both your time and money. Do check before setting off, by giving them a ring and see if you can't pre-book a ticket for a private viewing. The National Trust need to do a bit better on this.
They are pretty, but not spectacular, and there is a croquet lawn which looks as if it's available to use, though there were no notices to this effect. We sat on it and sunbathed!
Interesting topiary and lovely views into the surrounding countryside.
There are doubtless various walks around the fields next to the house, but not everyone wants to walk or is indeed capable of doing so, so bring a book and pray that it isn't raining.
More about the house itself in the next posting.