Charlecote Park is a magnificent Tudor mansion standing on the banks of the River Avon. It has been the home of the Lucy family since the 13th century. Charlecote Park is approached through a long path that leads under an impressive Tudor brick gatehouse. Behind the house is a small formal garden terrace, beyond which is a large deer park landscaped by Capability Brown. Between 1828 and 1844, a Victorian wing was added and the house modernised. It has not been changed since. The east elevation retains much of the Elizabethan form. Within the great hall is a fine bay window filled with armorial stained glass bearing the arms of the Lucy family. The house interior is largely Victorian.
The Orangery Restaurant serves a range of hot and cold meals, including its speciality, venison casserole which is sourced from the estate. If you intend to eat in the restaurant, which only has 60 covers, please indicate so on the booking form so that the catering manager can make adequate provision. Alternatively, you may wish to bring a picnic to consume while relaxing on the bank of the River Avon.
Date & Timings: Saturday, 13th September
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 9.00am. Arrive at Charlecote Park at approx. 10.30 am.
Depart from Charlecote Park at 5.00 pm. Arrive at Melton Mowbray at approx. 6.30 pm.
The cost of £23.00 per person (£14.00 for NT members) includes coach travel, parking, gratuities and access to House and Gardens. Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure temporary membership.
To reserve a place on the outing please return the completed booking form to the organizer with the full amount payable – cheques made out to the Melton Mowbray & District Historical Society – by 23rd August. Please provide a stamp addressed envelope or an e-mail address so that receipt of your reservation may be acknowledged. Payments for reservations cancelled within 2 weeks of the outing may be partially refunded provided entrance tickets have not been purchased.
DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL WILL BE FROM THE MELTON & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, LEICESTER ROAD, MELTON MOWBRAY (NEAR B&Q DIY STORE). PLEASE INDICATE ON BOOKING FORM IF YOU REQUIRE PICK UP FROM WILTON ROAD CAR PARK.
Organizer: Peter Raikes, 39 Cavalry Close, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0SZ. Tel: 01664 567118
The Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.