We had a fantastic afternoon at Witley Court and I’d love to share it!
Witley Court, Great Witley, Worcestershire is an incredibly beautiful English Heritage property. It’s main attraction which sets it apart from other properties is the fantastic fountain which has spectacular statues of Perseus and Andromeda and is fired hourly from April until the end of October. In its heyday it was said to make the noise of an express train! It isn’t as loud as that now but is still very impressive.
Witley Court is a ruined mansion and there are no interiors but that doesn’t ruin its charm. It was built in the seventeenth century on the site of a former manor house and expanded in the early nineteenth century. A second massive reconstruction took place in the mid nineteenth century and this created one of the most impressive palaces of Victorian and Edwardian England.
The then owners, the Dudleys, sold the court after WWI to a carpet manufacturer. In 1937, a major fire caused damage to the court and because of the cost of refurbishment, the estate was broken up and sold even though the fire only damaged about a quarter of the building. The house was then stripped of its fittings and furnishings, thus beginning forty years of decay. Since 1972 there have been restorations and developments to make the building safe and it is stunning.
The fountain is the main attraction so we scheduled our visit to make sure we caught the firing. It happens once an hour but only from April until October.
Although the house is a ruin, the gardens and grounds are kept in immaculate condition and make a fantastic place for a picnic.
There are romantic views around every corner!
And impressive glimpses of the original interiors.
Being an English Heritage property, there is a lovely shop which sells all sorts of interesting gifts as well as delicious ice creams (I had one!). I have visited Witley Court several times and it never fails to impress. I used the audio tour on this visit and that helped to paint a clear picture of the house as it would have been. If you don’t like audio tours, there are information boards around the building with original photos.
As well as the beautiful house, there is also the breathtaking, neighbouring Great Witley church to see… but I shall save those photos for another day!