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Rodmarton Manor and Owlpen Manor
Thursday 11 July 2019

A Cotswold Arts and Craft House, Rodmarton is one of the last great country houses to be built in the traditional way, containing beautiful furniture, ironwork, china and needlework specially made for the house.  Ernest Barnsley and the Cotswold group of Craftsmen, who built and furnished the house in 1909, were responsible for the revival of many traditional crafts in the Cotswolds which were in danger of dying out.  Over the 20 years that it took to build the house many people were involved in building, woodwork, metalwork, needlework, painting, gardening, all done to a very high standard.


Owlpen Manor, the home of Sir Nicholas and Lady Mander, has long been recognised as one of the most romantic Tudor manor houses in Southern England  Set in a picturesque valley in the Cotswold hills, it has formal  terraced gadens and magnificent yews dating from the 17th century.  The house dates from 1450 to 1616.  It was saved from ruin in 1926 by Cotswold Arts and Crafts after over 80 years of dereliction  Today the interiors contain a series of unique painted textiles and Mander family portraits and collections, as well a a famous colletion of Cotsowld Arts and Crafts furniture and fittings.