The Manor Reborn
When you visit Avebury Manor Parklands is ideal as your Avebury B&B accommodation
There has always been plenty to see and do at Avebury.
Most people explored this fascinating prehistoric site, the largest stone circle in the world. No one knows why the henge and huge outer stone circle were created.
Until now the Manor itself has been something of a disappointment. After a major transformation the Manor reopened on 19 November 2011. This is a day out with a difference, where visitors will be able to sit down, touch things and really immerse themselves in the house.
There’s the chance to play billiards in the Billiard Room or just to sit and read a book. There’s a Georgian exercise chair to try out in the dining room, and in the kitchen you can hear the bustling sounds of activity.
The Manor Reborn
Avebury Manor has been empty since 2009 but has recently been the subject of a BBC series – The Manor Reborn, presented by Penelope Keith and Paul Martin. This is a 4 part BBC One series, which follows a lively team of historians, designers and volunteers as they refurbish the 500-year-old Manor. The finished rooms evoke the personalities of the families that lived there and the atmosphere of the eras in which they lived.
Many rooms have been furnished and the house has become a vibrant place where you can enjoy a journey through time. There are also plans to use the building as a venue for community events including meals and parties, just as Alexander Keiller did in the past.
Transforming the Manor
The series looks at Avebury Manor from the reign of Elizabeth I through to the eve of the Second World War, exploring a wide range of craft and furniture-making skills spanning five different eras – Tudor (1560s and 1590s), Queen Anne (1702/3), Georgian (1798), Victorian (1837-1901) and early 20th century.
A team of historians, experts, and volunteers has given the house a unique makeover on camera. Furniture and objects have been recreated or restored by modern craftsmen.
Along with the house, a redundant kitchen garden has been transformed into a working Victorian kitchen garden, from which produce will be used in our café.
The Parklands is only 20 minutes drive from Avebury, allowing you to make the most of your time in this delightful part of Wiltshire. Use the form on this page to check our room availability and any special room rates.