The Bathurst Estate: A Historic and Fascinating Landmark (2023)

The Cotswolds is an idyllic region famous for its natural beauty and charming character and is steeped in history, and home to a wealth of historical manor houses, estates, castles, and gardens that offer a glimpse into the past.

One of these is The Bathurst Estate. This spectacular landmark has a rich history and is a crucial part of the local community.

From its fascinating history to its vibrant gardens, intricate architecture, and current activities, there’s so much to learn about and experience at Bathurst.

7 Fast Facts About The Bathurst Estate

  1. During World War II, two U.S. military hospitals were situated the grounds and, in July 1944, Glenn Miller performed there in front of 7,000 troops.
  2. The Bathurst Estate features a 300-year-old yew hedge with the clippings used to further research of ‘taxol’ to treat cancer
  3. The estate is also home to the Cirencester Park Polo Club, the oldest polo ground in Britain, and Cirencester Cricket Club where WG Grace played.
  4. Only six weddings are allowed to take place on the estate grounds (in Mansion House, Tel: +44 (0) 1285 653135 for more information). The venue is simply superb. Probably the best in the Cotswolds!
  5. There’s even a Cirencester Park Caravan Club on the grounds with 211 touring pitches.
  6. There are no public toilets.
  7. Droning requires prior permission while cycling and metal detecting on the grounds are not permitted.

The History of the Bathurst Estate

The Bathurst Estate can trace its roots back to the early 1600s when it was owned by a wealthy family, the Codringtons.

Several important and significant people have been linked to the estate throughout the years, including King William III, who visited the estate in the late 1600s.

The estate was then passed onto Sir Benjamin Bathurst in 1704 which led to it becoming a significant factor in the region’s economic and societal development.

The Bathurst family made substantial investments and improvements to the property, which turned the estate into what it is today.

Over time, key events shaped the estate’s history, such as World War II when the property was used as a storage site for important documents and artworks.

Gardens and Grounds

It’s hard not to be enthralled by the Bathurst Estate’s luxurious and sprawling gardens, complete with various sections to explore and admire.

The Bathurst Estate
Photo by JR Harris (via Unsplash)

The gardens are truly a feast for the senses, going from sculpted gardens to natural woodlands filled with rare and exotic plants, and even a deer park.

One of the highlights of the garden is the yew hedge, which is over 300 years old and was planted in 1702.

This takes a two person team 80 hours to trim with the cuttings even being used to further research cancer treatments.

An impressive feat of art and design is the water features found throughout the gardens. These striking fixtures add an additional layer of beauty to the already charming estate.

The Architecture and Buildings

The Bathurst Estate boasts many magnificent buildings and structures, each with its own stories and significance.

The grandest and central building on the estate is the stunning Cirencester Park, built in the Gothic Revival style, with its iconic and awe-inspiring architecture, circular staircase and mesmerising outdoor pool.

The estate also includes several other impressive buildings, such as St. Mary’s Church and the Tithe Barn, a Grade II listed building.

The Bathurst Estate Today

Today, despite its history, the Bathurst Estate remains a vibrant centre of activity and community involvement. Visitors can participate in a range of activities on the estate, including tours and the annual hedge trimming event.

Other events include open-air theatre productions and open house days, where visitors get to enjoy the estate’s features and learn more about its fascinating history.

The Bathurst Estate is an essential landmark in the Cotswolds that offers visitors an in-depth look at the region’s fascinating history and its impact on the present.

It is a perfect location for any visitor to experience the beauty of nature, marvel at grand architecture, and enjoy an array of activities and events.

Ticketing and Other Information

Cirencester Park is free to visitors and a walking guide can be found on The Bathurst Estate’s website and is open from 8am to 5pm every day.

No unauthorized vehicles or bicycles/motorbikes are allowed in the park but small children can use bikes if closely monitored. When parking on the roadside, please park with care and avoid blocking gateways to keep the area accessible for farm and estate vehicles.

When parking at The Old Kennels car park, spend £30 or more when dining at Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden and get free parking. A good thing to note is free parking is available for registered cars from 6pm to 8am.

Whether you are interested in botany, history, architecture or simply nature, the Bathurst Estate is, without a doubt, a must-visit destination for anyone touring the Cotswolds.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who lives at The Bathurst Estate?

The 9th Earl and Countess Bathurst. The family has lived at The Bathurst Estate since 1705.

Who owns the Bathurst estate in Cirencester?

The 9th Earl and Countess Bathurst.

How much land does Lord Bathurst own?

15,500 acres in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire including Sapperton and Coates villages. 

Are there any restaurants or cafes on The Bathurst Estate?

Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden opened at the Old Kennels in 2023.

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, we created the Travel Cotswolds website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

Contact: hello@travelcotswolds.com

The photo by JR Harris of deer in a park may or may not have been taken at Bathurst. It’s there for representation purposes only.

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