DiCamillo Companion
England

Asthall Manor

  • Earlier Houses: There was probably a medieval house on the site of the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Sir William Jones

    House & Family History: Overlooking the swans and willows of the Windrush Valley, Asthall was built circa 1620 on an H-shape plan (the Hall contains its original 17th century stone fireplace). The House was enlarged and altered in 1916, when an additional gabled bay was added to the north and the East Fa├žade was significantly altered. The House was a convalescent home during the World War I; in 1919 it was purchased by Lord Redesdale, famous today as the father of the Mitford sisters, who lived here from 1919 until 1926. The Mitfords hosted frequent shooting and hunting parties at Asthall with many notable guests, including Walter Sickert, Clementine Churchill, and Frederick Lindemann. Nancy Mitford's childhood at Asthall was the inspiration for her books "Love in a Cold Climate" and "The Pursuit of Love."

    Collections: Following the death of A.B. Hardcastle, the contents of Asthall were sold on October 23, 1997 at auction by Phillips.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The House is surrounded by six acres of gardens with a convergence of traditional and contemporary designs, featuring sloping box parterres, wild flowers, scented borders, all designed in 1998 by Julian and Isabel Bannerman, gardeners to the Prince of Wales.

  • Architect: C. Bateman

    Date: 1916
    Designed: Enlarged and altered House

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  • Country Life: XCVII, 1124, 1945.

  • Title: Counting My Chickens and Other Home Thoughts
    Author: Devonshire, Deborah
    Year Published: 2001
    Reference: pg. 165
    Publisher: Gloucestershire: Long Barn Books
    ISBN: 1902421051
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, The
    Author: Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1974
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710450
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Seat of: Rosanna Pearson and Anna Greenacre

    Past Seat of: Lady Joan Cornwall, 14th century. Sir William Jones, 17th century. Peacock family, 18th century. Bateman family, mid-18th century until 19th century. David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale, Mitford family, 1919-26. Mr. A.B. Hardcastle, 20th century; Hardcastle family, 1926-97.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access to Grounds Only

    Phone: 01993-824-319

    Email: info@onformsculpture.co.uk

    Website: http://www.asthallmanor.com

    Historic Houses Member: No