17th-century house perched on the Berkshire Downs. This extraordinary Dutch-style house is famous for its association with Elizabeth of Bohemia (‘The Winter Queen’), Charles I’s sister, to whom the house was ‘consecrated’. The interior has an impressive great staircase rising from hall to attic, and important paintings contemporary with the house. There are spectacular views from the roof over the formal parterre, lawns and surrounding countryside, as well as beautiful walks in neighbouring Ashdown Woods. Nearby Weathercock Hill and Alfred’s Castle, an Iron Age defended settlement where in 871 King Alfred is rumoured to have defeated the Danes, offer fine walking country.
Please check the National Trust website before visiting.
2016: Adult £5, child £2.50 Woodland: Free
- National Trust
2 1/2 miles south of Ashbury, 3 1/2 miles north of Lambourn, on west side of B4000. Follow local brown signs off B4000
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Facilities and services
Visitor access in the house is by guided tour only up the main staircase (100 steps) to the rooftop viewing area. Please visit the website for opening days and tour times. Picnic area by car park. Free parking. Not suitable for coaches.
- Guided tours
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