The scene of Shakespeare’s reputed poaching exploits, Charlecote Park was already in its middle age by the time Queen Elizabeth I arrived, along the carriage drive through the Tudor Gatehouse and on to the welcoming mansion. Generations of the Lucy family have left their mark on the buildings, gardens and parkland where visitors are intrigued to this day by the family’s continuing presence.
Protected by unnavigable rivers Dene and Avon and by its distinctive cleft-oak paling fences, Charlecote presents a picture of peace and repose. It’s a park where people picnic, play, walk and wander amongst the Jacob sheep and fallow deer that still roam across the ‘Capability’ Brown landscape.
Charlecote Park, Wellesbourne, Warwick, Warwickshire CV15 9ER
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