Odellville Historic House and Gardens

Odellville House
Odellville House is a late 18th Century five bay, two storey over basement house. Originally a simple plan with a single room either side of the stair hall, the house has been substantially extended in the 19th century with a large rear return which has been demolished and rebuilt to provide additional accommodation at all levels. The formal rooms and bedrooms of the original house have been returned their original purpose after our restoration work.
•replaced all the PVC/aluminium windows with wooden sash windows
•went to great extents to reinstate the roof to its original position and replace it with natural slate as it had been adjusted upwards in the 1970s and original slate replaced with tiles.
•restored what remained of the original fireplaces.
•used a lime render on the exterior of the house in keeping with its period.
•replicated all the cornicing and window shutters of which none remained.
The Gardens
Odellville is a significant historical landscape that has survived well since its creation. It is a late 18th century (1770) demesne landscape with even older vegetation elements. It offers much diversity in its grounds and walled garden, its parkland and trees and woodland.
The 1841 (first edition) Ordnance Survey map depicts Odellville as a modest sized demesne. A carriage drive cuts through the demesne landscape in a gracious curve to the house front, ending in a carriage turn towards the stable yard with a route shown leading from the stable yard along the western wall of the walled garden. One of the most significant features of Odellville’s landscape is its open parkland, in which there are notable specimen trees including a superb pollarded Spanish chestnut veteran oaks and beech nearby.
Odellville is still sheltered and framed by its perimeter belts of mature trees and old woodland. Much of the plantings, especially the oaks, beech and limes have now matured sufficiently to achieve the landscape effect that was originally intended when planted in the 18th and 19th century.
The massive proportions of the pollarded Spanish chestnut (Castanea sativa) dominates the east parkland and it is likely to be a champion tree.
There are shrubberies in several areas of the grounds and gardens. There is an exceptionally fine specimen of Prunus serrula thibetica on the route to the walled garden and there are many fine specimen shrubs throughout such as maples, laburnum, lilacs, many rhododendrons swathed in clematis, Tropaeolum speciosum and other beautiful creepers.