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Without any doubt Witley Court is especially worth a visit. It may take you some hours to do it justice. It's a spectacular ruin which, was once one of the finest country houses in England, entertaing members of the Royal family. Orginally it was built by the Foley family in the 1890's. When built it incorporated the latest safety features, including a fireproof floor. The whole building burnt down in the 1930's!!!
There are extensive grounds and wooded walks (about 60 acres). It has been cared for by "English Heritage" since 1984.
5.8.03 It was a surprise to me that Witley Court is only under the guardianship of English Heritage but is owned by Richard Wigington having been bought by his father in the 1950's. Suddenly Witley Court has been put up for sale - on e-bay for £1.2 million pounds which was soon reduced to £975,000 and on 29.7.03 disappeared off the site.
Opening Times: April to October Daily, 10am - 6pm. November to March: Wednesday to Sunday: 10am - 4pm.
£3.80 - Adult
£2.90 - Concession
£1.90 - Child
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Worcester Road
Phone: (44) 01299 896636
A hundred years ago, Witley Court was one of England's great country houses, hosting many extravagant parties. Today it is a spectacular ruin, the result of a disastrous fire in 1937.
The Jacobean house was owned in the 19th century by the Earls of Dudley, and the 2nd Earl was a friend of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). He made Witley Court one of the great fashionable houses of late Victorian and Edwardian times, until its sale in 1920 following the tragic death of his wife, Rachel, by drowning. The 1937 fire hastened the final demise.
Attached to Witley Court is Great Witley Church , which has an amazing Italianate Baroque interior, and is said to be the finest Baroque church in Britain.
Written Mar 28, 2006
This is a farm shop selling a variety of apples and pears from their own fruit farm. In order to attract trade between the end of the season in the summer and the beginning of the next in the autumn they have diversified a little by serving delicious home made soup and teas (whoever serves you will be making cakes in front of the customers). The other things they sell are locally grown produce, cakes, jams, eggs, poultry and meat.
What to buy: Apples that have faces somehow etched into the surface without leaving even a mark. Single variety apple juice, e.g Cox, Russet, Jonagold. Freshly pressed unfiltered apple juice from October to December.
Written Dec 26, 2003
Address: Stourport Road