Whitminster House is a charming Cotswold stone manor house featuring a delightful mélange of architectural eras: with Anglo-Saxon foundations, the original house was Norman, fortified briefly under Royal licence in the 14th century before being added to and updated during the reign of James I in the early 17th century. Further improvements were carried out in the 18th century, then in the mid-19th century the South and East sides were re-faced in the Victorian Gothic style with ceilings raised and windows enlarged.
There are many options to film inside the manor house and surrounding grounds as well as the church opposite.
Triple Hall for long shots: Main Hall with large fireplace and carved black wood overmantel through to Staircase Hall with dark oak staircase with landings, huge window and glass ceiling panels set in ornate moulding, on to Garden Hall with double doors out onto Terrace and lawn.
Victorian Dining Room: heavily-moulded high ceiling; full height carved wood overmantel around stone fireplace; long, low window seat below enlarged windows with wooden shutters.
Georgian Library: fully panelled in pine with a large mahogany bookcase complete with extensive collection of (original) leather-bound tomes, and bow window with window seat and shutters
Victorian Drawing Room: large, light room with tall windows, moulded ceiling and gilt-framed mirrors and pictures against teal blue William Morris wallpaper. Glass chandelier.
Old Kitchen: beamed and flagstone-floored, featuring huge stone fireplace complete with cooking niches and bread oven, built-in white-painted wooden dresser and servants’ bells.
Porch Room & Chapel: four poster bed, pretty blue & white tiled fireplace, doorway through to tiny whitewashed chapel with wood planked floor, small wooden chest/altar, Jacobean carver, window facing Church
Gardens: Whitminster House nestles next to the Church, surrounded by gardens, a Grove, trees and fields, with the River Frome running past the bottom of the front lawn. The Gloucester & Sharpness and the Stroudwater Canals are close by, and the River Severn is just over a mile away.
A gravel drive from Whitminster Lane sweeps down to the House through iron gates and railings and on up around the charming Norman Church.
Church: seating a congregation of up to 110 in traditional oak pews. Stained glass windows, stone altar and pulpit, wrought iron chandeliers, heavy oak door, organ, a selection of church monuments around the walls, church yard with tombs, gravestones and monuments