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The house as seen today looks Elizabethan but is largely Victorian. In 1823 George Hammond Lucy inherited the house and after removing the changes made by successive generations set about recreating the house in the original style. The general outline of the Elizabethan house remains.
The house has an imposing history including strong associations with Queen Elizabeth who was entertained here for two nights in 1572, Shakespeare supposedly departed for fame and fortune in London after being punished by Sir Thomas Lucy for poaching deer in his park.
Bachelor George Lucy (1714 to 1786) employed Capability Brown to lay out the park much as we see it today and introduced the Jacob sheep.
The rich early Victorian interior contains quality items of furniture, fine works of art and also many important objects from Beckford's Fonthill Abbey. Outside the balustraded formal garden opens onto a fine deer park in the Victorian style. The Victorian outbuildings including the kitchen, scullery, laundry, brewhouse and coach house with Victorian carriages are all open to visitors.
The gardens on display include the parterres, the sensory garden, herbaceous borders and beautifully manicured lawns. Charlecote Park is located off the B4085, 5 miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon.