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Westonbirt

Westonbirt House is a magnificent building set in 210 acres of parkland, formal gardens, terraced lawns and a lake in the Cotswold’s quintessentially English countryside.

 

The original Westonbirt House was built in 1665 and replaced over time with a Georgian House and then by the current House which was built by Robert Holford between 1863 and 1870. Designed by Lewis Vulliamy, this grand country house is a stunning example of Victorian architecture. The House has been a boarding school since 1928.

 

IAS participants will have access to the tennis courts and the leisure centre, featuring a swimming pool, gym and sports hall.

 

The location of Westonbirt House is an hour and a half from Heathrow and just over an hours train journey from London. Bristol can be reached in forty-five minutes and the nearest local town, Tetbury, is just three miles away.

Tetbury

Tetbury, an historic wool town, is the southern gateway to the Cotswolds. The town is known as an architectural gem with many of the wool merchants’ houses remaining the same as they were in the 16th and 17th centuries during the height of the town’s prosperity from the wool trade.

Notable buildings in the town include the Church House, Market House, built in 1655 and the late-eighteenth century Gothic revival parish church of St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalene (which has one of the tallest and most elegant spires in the UK) and much of the rest of the town centre, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.

 

Tetbury is world renowned for its Royal connections, with Highgrove being the nearby home of HRH Prince of Wales. HRH Princess Anne also lives nearby and her Gatcombe Estate is used to host International Horse Trials.

 

Tetbury is well-known for its independent shops, including antiques, vintage and interiors, exclusive boutiques and the Highgrove shop which stocks items personally selected by HRH Prince Charles.

 

The lush rolling countryside that surrounds Tetbury is home to a stunning array of attractions from the National Arboretum at Westonbirt to the glorious Elizabethan Chavenage House used for many famous films and TV series, and finally HRH Prince of Wales’ unique garden at Highgrove.

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