The Big House Attractions in the Cotswolds
May 31, 2018

Aura Care Living have a luxury retirement village and nursing home situated in the heart of the Cotswolds – Cirencester. Surrounding the town are many places to go and visit including some magnificent stately homes.


1. Rodmarton Manor

Our number one has to be Rodmarton Manor. We have been hosting events here for the last two years as part of Opera Brava. Guests from our retirement village have enjoyed some magnificent music and song in these very grounds. It was built in a period where every fine detail, from the regionally-sourced stone foundations to the timber structures, was carefully crafted by hand by local craftsmen.The eight acres of hidden vistas and impressive topiary in the manor’s gardens are breathtakingly beautiful. In the summer months the surrounding land is full of wildlife such as birds and butterflies.

2. Chavenage House

The house has been used more recently for TV work, such as Tess of the D’Ubervilles, Lark Rise to Candleford and most recently, the BBC drama series, Poldark.Virtually unchanged for over four centuries, this Cotswold manor can be found in Tetbury and it’s believed to have origins dating back to medieval times. Inside there are tapestry-lined bedrooms (where Cromwell once slept) and an Edwardian ballroom.

3. Chastleton House

Whether your tastes are historical, architectural or horticultural, this magnificent house constructed between 1607 and 1612 is bound to impress. Not only is it steeped in history with connections to one of the founders of the gunpowder plot, Robert Catesby, but the unspoilt building was used more recently as the set for the BBC drama Wolf Hall, the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novel.A favourite of Aura Care Living and a delightful spot for our retirement residents to drive to.

4. Newark Park

Newark Parkk is one of few venues, hidden away in the countryside and out of sight of any form of modern life. From open theatres to picnics and car meets, Newark Park is a well managed country retreat, used to entertain those who frequent it.This is a matter of miles from the retirement village and nursing home.

5. Charlecote Park

Charlecote has been at the heart of the Lucy family for 900 years and it’s still very much a family home filled with international treasures that were sourced by Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife Mary Elizabeth on their travels. You can view these artefacts in the central portion of the house which is welcome to visitors throughout the year, along with the historic kitchen and outbuildings.

The landscaped gardens and surrounding parkland with views across the River Avon are accessible in the warmer months for picnics and walks.