Welcome to our Winter programme which includes a specially interesting talk from two of our Committee members, David Austin and Tim Mars. Our Christmas visit includes two houses, one, Pitzhanger Manor, a highly praised restoration and the other, Sir John Soane Museum, home to the critically acclaimed Hogarth exhibition.

Following feedback from our members we are experimenting with holding meetings on a Saturday afternoon, so members no longer have to turn out on dark, cold nights. Please let us know what you think even if you can’t come to the talk.

We look forward to seeing you on November 30th when you will be able to enjoy tea or coffee and cake after the talk.

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Heritage Open Day at Swinhay House

September 15, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Swinhay House, Photo by Les Wilson


We are very pleased to confirm that once again we have been given permission to hold Heritage Open Day at Swinhay House, Wotton-under-Edge.

Not normally open to the public, there will be guided tours of this amazing futuristic house while visitors can also wander through the extensive gardens and grounds

Swinhay House, a spectacular mansion, with dramatic, sweeping organic forms, was granted planning permission in 2001 as a house of exceptional architectural and landscape interest.

It is highly energy efficient with sophisticated computer controlled environmental systems. There are ten floors, a swimming pool with a retractable floor, a squash court and an enclosed and glazed winter garden.From most levels of the house there are panoramic views from the Tyndale monument on the Cotswold escarpment to the undulating landscape of the Severn vale.

The house is surrounded by nearly 60 acres of magnificent landscaped grounds and a series of themed sunken gardens allowing uninterrupted views to the lake and beyond.

It recently featured in BBC One’s Sherlock as the home of Charles Magnussen

Pre-booking essential  NOW FULLY BOOKED!
Entrance to Swinhay House must be pre-booked. (Applicants who applied last year will be contacted by phone or text within the next two weeks)
Booking Contact: Email: Julietshipman@hotmail.com
Access:  Some gravel paths, not suitable for wheel chairs, steps in the house also not suitable for wheel chairs but gardens can be viewed. No dogs

Additional Information
Max 15 people per tour/session. 30 minute tour of house

IMPORTANT BOOKING NOTE: All residents who applied unsuccessfully last year for tickets will be contacted by phone or text to supply an e mail address. They will then be sent a booking form. Tickets for new applicants will necessarily be limited depending on the take up of those who applied last year. They can send in a request by email to see if there are unallocated tickets.

It will be sign posted.


September 15, 2019
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm