Architectural History

Westonbirt House is one of the country’s finest examples of Victorian architecture located in the heart of the Cotswolds and standing within over 200 acres of private parkland. Designed by Lewis Vulliamy and completed in 1870, Westonbirt House was the country seat of Robert Stayner Holford who positioned it so that he could look straight down Holford Ride towards his Arboretum, where he had planted his first trees in 1829. To ensure that his privacy was maintained whilst he was resident, he moved the village further away and lowered the road so that the carriages using it did not interrupt his view. In 1892 the estate passed to his son, Sir George Lindsay Holford, who was an enthusiastic and accomplished horticulturist. The Gardens of the House were already well established, and he continued to expand the area now known as the National Arboretum.

Architectural Features

Inside the House, the sumptuous classic style and design of each room presents a new experience through every door. Centrally, the Great Hall with its magnificent historic open fireplace has provided a fine venue for entertainment and dance for over 140 years. The Dining Room is complemented by a double aspect view of the magnificent Gardens and benefits from grand architectural features including unique silk wall hangings and an ornamental ceiling.


Special Considerations

  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots
  • Weekend Shoots


The extensive Gardens provide a variety of scenarios, such as an ornamental Italian Garden, diverse Statutory, Woodlands, Lakes and even a 100-year-old public Golf Course. A recent refurbishment was completed of Camellia House, an original Victorian Glasshouse located within the Italian Gardens. The Orangery, located within the North Wing of the House, provides a versatile performance space, changing rooms and galleried seating.

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