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22 April 2020West Horsley Place
30 April 2020Spring Tour to the Malvern Area
20 May 2020Avington Park & Hinton Ampner
24 June 2020Godinton House & Smallhythe Place
16 July 2020The Churt Sculpture Park & The Watts Gallery
31 August 2020Autumn tour to Yorkshire
11 September 2020Rochester Cathedral and the Restoration House

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West Horsley Place
Wednesday 22 April 2020

Visit to West Horsley Place

22nd April 2020 10.00 am

The tour lasts approximately 2 hours

Cost - £25

(A copy of Bamber Gascoigne’s introductory booklet will be given to each member of the group.) 

 

 

Since West Horsley Place is not far from Ashtead, to keep costs down there will be no coach provided and members will need to make their own travel arrangements. Directions can be provided if required. No refreshments are available at the house.

West Horsley Place was in the news a few years ago when the television presenter and author, Bamber Gascoigne, inherited it from his aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe. Dating from 1425, the house is a Grade I listed medieval manor house and estate of great beauty and historic significance.

The Mary Roxburghe Trust, which now owns the property, is in the process of restoring the house, gardens, 380-acre estate and 8 Grade II listed outbuildings and our visit provides a fascinating opportunity to see the restoration work in progress and learn about this grand old house’s past and its future. After 1000 years of private ownership, West Horsley Place will be reborn as a place for everyone to enjoy, whether as a visitor to the house or garden or as a student learning a new craft.

The house is in demand as a film location, including the recent BBC sitcom, Ghosts. It is also closed during the Grange Park Opera season in June and July, so opportunities for group visits are limited. Due to the restoration work, groups of more than 20 people are not possible. Please book early to avoid disappointment! (The management at West Horsley will warn visitors about specific safety issues on the day but please be aware in advance that there may be hazards such as holes in the floor to avoid.)