Charlecote Park, an impressive stately home was built by the Lucy family in 1558. It replaced their previous house, which dated back to the 13th century, and was designed in the shape of a letter "E" in honor of Queen Elizabeth I. Today only the gatehouse is original, with much of the house having been re-built in the 19th century. Inside the house there are numerous interesting pieces of furniture, as well as ancestral portraits of the Lucy family. Outside, the River Dene flows through the grounds and red and fallow deer and Jacob sheep graze in the extensive parkland, landscaped in the 18th century by Capability Brown. A new garden, the Green Court Garden, planted with yew and fruit trees in a symmetrical pattern has recently been opened by its designer, Sir Edmund Fairfax-Lucy. Check the website for timings.
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