Why go there?
The BBC’s hit show Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Sir Thomas Cromwell during the reign of Henry VIII. The lavish drama was filmed all around the country, but Oxfordshire’s Chastleton House holds the distinction of representing the interiors of Wolf Hall itself.
A wealthy wool merchant built the Jacobean House in the early 17th century, and it stands as a testament to the wealth and power that the industry bought to the region.
What to see
No doubt selected by the Wolf Hall production team for being seemingly frozen in time, visitors can wander around the house’s untouched rooms, including the grand Fettiplace Room, and the great chamber and long gallery seen in the TV drama.
The building’s picturesque grounds, including the Grade II listed garden, also appeared in the show, with the courtyard used in flashback sequences of Thomas Cromwell’s early childhood.
Where to stay or eat
A few miles from Chastleton House in Stow-on-the-Wold are a host of restaurants to cater for every appetite. However, those looking for something a bit different would do well to dine at The Vine Leaf, a bistro with a unique combination of British and Mediterranean cuisine.
Using locally sourced produce, the restaurant is incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike, so you’d be advised to book.
The five-star Burford House Hotel offers luxurious accommodation for those looking to stay a bit longer in the area – perhaps to enjoy a few rounds at Burford Golf Club?
How to get there
Open on Wednesdays to Sundays from March to early November, Chastleton House is easy to get to no matter what direction you’re coming from. Taking the A44 from Oxford offers a picturesque drive through the countryside of Chipping Norton, while taking the A429 from Cirencester offers stunning views of the waterways around Bourton-on-the-Water.