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Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester

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Rodmarton Manor is a large country house, in Rodmarton, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, built for the Biddulph family. It is a Grade I listed building. It was constructed in the early 20th century in an Arts and Crafts style, to a design by Ernest Barnsley. After Ernest's death in 1925, it was completed by Sidney Barnsley, his brother, and then by Norman Jewson, Ernest's son-in-law. All the construction materials were obtained locally, and hand worked by local craftsmen.

The three wings of the house are angled around a central, circular, lawned courtyard. The east wing, originally for servants, has been converted into flats, whilst the central "public" wing was not lived in by the family, instead being used for community teaching and events. Crafts were taught in the building and the vast majority of the furniture was commissioned for the house and built locally. The southern gardens used hedges to create specific spaces, giving the impression of exterior "rooms" next to the house, with an extensive kitchen garden which provided much of the food for the house. The house was described by the designer Charles Ashbee as the single best example of the Arts and Crafts movement.

During World War II, the house was used as an evacuation point for a London Catholic school, and a maternity house due to the shortage of midwives.
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  • What a beautiful house! This is an absolutely hidden gem in the Gloucestershire countryside. The house itself has many very beautiful Art and Crafts features which are thoughtfully presented. There... 
    What a beautiful house! This is an absolutely hidden gem in the Gloucestershire countryside. The house itself has many very beautiful Art and Crafts features which are thoughtfully presented. There...  more »
  • A must for all who appreciate the era of Arts and Crafts. The design of the manor and its garden displays the craftsmanship that was in danger of elimination by the industrial revolution and mass... 
    A must for all who appreciate the era of Arts and Crafts. The design of the manor and its garden displays the craftsmanship that was in danger of elimination by the industrial revolution and mass...  more »
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  • Beautiful arts and crafts house with amazing garden rooms ⛲️🏡 Rodmarton Manor is situated between Tetbury and Cirencester close to the Cotswold Airport, therefore in the heart of the Cotswolds. It’s a stunning example of the arts and carts movement with an amazing attention to detail in the bespoke furniture and design of the interior of the house. As a privately owned property it’s a pleasure to be allowed to see into a family home, open between May and September with a number of events held during this period it’s a great place to visit if you are in the area.
  • Rodmarton Manor is open only certain months of the year usually on a Wednesday and Saturdays from 2.00pm but check out their website. The garden and house is relatively easy to find and you park in a field and walk to the house. The house was started to be built in 1909 and took to 1928 to be completed. The guides in the room are helpful, knowledgeable and eustatic. The outside of the house and interiors are Arts and Craft period. The rooms are simply decorated with lots of great furniture designed specifically for the house itself. The house is on three floors. There was social distancing and when the house was full new visitors waited outside for people to leave. At present you don't have to pre-book to go. The gardens are very impressive and attractive and carry over the arts and crafts style. There is a walled garden with attractive boarders and and orchard. The gardens rooms lead you one by one. There is a tearoom serving nice cakes , takes and coffees. The toilets are clean. The tearoom staff are very helpful. Well worth a visit and there is lots to see. Children might like the lead animals on the outside lead water pipes.

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