“ We love Whitminster House and are always thrilled to have the opportunity to share its delights with others. From a filming perspective, the house is able to offer a range of attributes from period charm to Gothic horror (in certain lights, with the church tower rearing behind…), but to us it has always been a warm and welcoming family home. ”

Rosalind Teesdale-Ives

Architectural History

Whitminster House is a charming Cotswold stone manor house featuring a delightful mélange of architectural eras: with Anglo-Saxon foundations, the original house was Norman, fortified briefly under Royal licence in the 14th century before being added to and updated during the reign of James I in the early 17th century. Further improvements were carried out in the 18th century, then in the mid-19th century the South and East sides were re-faced in the Victorian Gothic style with ceilings raised and windows enlarged.

Architectural Features

Triple Hall for long shots: Main Hall with large fireplace and carved black wood overmantel through to Staircase Hall with dark oak staircase with landings, huge window and glass ceiling panels set in ornate moulding, on to Garden Hall with double doors out onto Terrace and lawn.
Victorian Dining Room: heavily-moulded high ceiling; full height carved wood overmantel around stone fireplace; long, low window seat below enlarged windows with wooden shutters.
Georgian Library: fully panelled in pine with a large mahogany bookcase complete with extensive collection of (original) leather-bound tomes, and bow window with window seat and shutters
Victorian Drawing Room: large, light room with tall windows, moulded ceiling and gilt-framed mirrors and pictures against teal blue William Morris wallpaper. Glass chandelier.
Old Kitchen: beamed and flagstone-floored, featuring huge stone fireplace complete with cooking niches and bread oven, built-in white-painted wooden dresser and servants’ bells.
Porch Room & Chapel: four poster bed, pretty blue & white tiled fireplace, doorway through to tiny whitewashed chapel with wood planked floor, small wooden chest/altar, Jacobean carver, window facing Church

Filming Attributes

Whitminster House is located within 10 acres of private garden and grove (therefore not overlooked by any other properties) with ample parking for vehicles and trailers, and has a Victorian walled Kitchen Garden with lavatories, access to water and electricity supplies and a lawned space for marquees or gazebos. A large room off the Old Stables kitchen can provide under cover catering options for cast and crew.
If desired, Whitminster House Estate offers self-catering accommodation in a selection of 7 period cottages plus the West Wing of the Manor House, sleeping up to 50.

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Topography

Whitminster House is easily accessible from Bristol (25 minutes up the M5) or London (1.5 hours along the M4/M5) or Cheltenham (20 minutes down the M5) yet is secluded and peaceful. A gravel drive sweeps down to the House through iron gates and railings and on up around the Church. There is ample parking for vehicles in the Old Rose Garden, by the Church, and in the field next to the Monks’ Pond, all within a few hundred yards of the House itself. The House nestles next to the Church, surrounded by trees and fields, with the River Frome running past the bottom of the front lawn. The Gloucester & Sharpness and the Stroudwater Canals are close by, and the River Severn is just over a mile away.

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Contact

Email: nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com

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