By choosing a heritage house as a venue, you’re adding your own moment in time to a long and colourful history; a history that in the case of our houses, span hundreds of years…
In case you haven’t seen it yet, we recently made a video (see below) to showcase some of the great events you can have at any one of our five heritage houses.
(Don’t forget to: Turn up the volume!)
The experience of pulling together the footage from our five heritage houses really highlighted the journeys each of these houses have made.
For example did you know…
Dewsall was the birth place of the colourful 1st Duke of Chandos (1673 – 1744), a great patron of the arts, a major patron of the composer Handel. Later on, it was owned by Guys Hospital for over 300 years. Local folklore says that the derelict Dewsall Court was used for the local SAS to practise on for the Iranian Embassy siege.
Find out more about Dewsall Court’s history and how Samantha and family have turned it into the beautiful venue it is today.
Anselm’s ancestors, the Guise family, back in the day of Henry III, were granted the house and the rent was set at ‘The Clove of one GillyFlower’ each year. A gilly flower (also known as stocks) was frequently used in medieval tenure documents as a means for payment for very low ‘peppercorn’ rent. This gilly flower is where the name comes from for the house’s newest venue the sustainable rammed earth ‘super marquee’, The Gillyflower.
Phil’s family, the Godsals have been at Iscoyd since 1843 but parts of the house date back to 1700 and there was certainly a dwelling there some centuries before that. In the Second World War, the park at Iscoyd was requisitioned for use as a 1,500-bed hospital for United States Forces with a prisoner-of-war camp in the enclosure. Read more about Iscoyd Park’s history
The central part of the house was built between 1600 and 1620, with the large central hall, kitchen and central bedrooms comprising the heart of the house. It was two hundred years later in 1815 that the East and West wings were added to the house, creating a number of reception rooms, the dining room and several further bedrooms.
You can learn more about Pennard’s history and how the Deardens have kept this house in the family here.
In the Second World War, Wasing Place was requisitioned by the Great Western Railway Company and, whilst still in their care in February 1945, suffered a devastating fire leaving only the main walls of the house still standing.
The outbuildings of the park were active farm buildings for the estate. You can recognise the outside of these buildings such as the Dovecote, Castle Barn or Granary on the estate today. You can learn more about the estate’s history here.
Each of the houses retains the fact that despite these various changes, they are still loving, family homes. With the doors now fully open for events. As owners and hosts, they want to create that same warm welcome to and comfortable atmosphere that these houses have created for centuries.
If you’d like a tour around one of these heritage houses yourself, please contact email@example.com
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