Bodies in Motion – Drawing Dance with the Luke Brown Company

Sep 08, 2019

A day of drawing experimentation for experienced artists.

Sunday 8th September in the Ballroom

10.30 – 4 pm (packing up at 3.30)


Please bring lots of paper, drawing tools, easels and a dust sheet to cover the floor. There are a few tables and 25 chairs. We will supply tea and coffee but you will need to bring a packed lunch and a mug for your tea. For full details and to book, please email:

Glow and Grow Wellness Event

Sep 21, 2019

September 21st

10.30 am - 4.30 pm

A nourishing day of gentle yoga, gong sound bath and meditation including a delicious vegan lunch.

Tickets cost £120

To book contact:Helenon 07721 011 546 or Georgie 07909 538 106 or email:

The Authentic Artist Workshop with Kath Burlinson

Nov 15, 2019

November 15th - 17th

10 am to 6 pm daily

The Authentic Artist Workshop at Asthall Manor is a three-day residential journey for 6 creative artists seeking reinvention, exploration, new challenges, or for those developing new work. The workshop offers a space to explore, play, find your next 'edge' and connect with others in a safe environment.

Each individual’s journey through the workshop is unique, as is each group. Whether you are a poet, musician, actor, dancer, painter, set designer, puppeteer, writer, multi-disciplinary artist or a person who is yet to find your artistic identity, Kath will devote herself to serving you and your artistry.

Kath Burlinson has been running Authentic Artist workshops since 2007 across the UK. This is the first to be held at Asthall Manor.

Workshop fee: £225 (£200 previous participants)

Accommodation & Food: £40 per person per night (we will cook and eat communally in the Manor)

To book, please email: Or call: 07715360021

Asthall Manor, Ballroom and Gardens

Asthall Manor, overlooking the swans and stumpy willows of the Windrush Valley, dates from the early seventeenth century, but probably occupies a medieval site. Lady Joan Cornwall and her son Sir Edmund Cornwall are believed to have lived in it during the fourteenth century.

The present house – or an earlier version of it – was probably built for the Jones family, who occupied it until the 1670s or 1680s, followed by the Peacock family, and then, from then mid-eighteenth century and for much of the nineteenth, by the Bateman family.

The Manor was a convalescent home during the first world war, and in 1919 it was bought by Lord Redesdale, father of Nancy and the other Mitfords. It was on Asthall Manor, as well as the Redesdales’ other houses, that Nancy’s fictional Alconleigh is based. In 1926, the Manor was sold to the Hardcastle family, who retained it until 1997.

The present symmetrical appearance of the house has resulted from alterations made for the Batemans in the nineteenth century, and for Lord Redesdale in the 1920s. Lord Redesdale also converted the barn into a ballroom/library, with its huge bay window and Jacobean-style ceiling, and built the cloisters to connect this new ballroom and the rooms above it to the main house. The house was slightly reduced in size by the present owner in 1998-9.

A more extensive history of Asthall, written by R.B. Peberdy for the Victoria County History series, can be found here.

The Ballroom at Asthall Manor is available for hire for life-enhancing events. click here for details. Please note, we do not take bookings for weddings.

The gardens were designed by I & J Bannerman in 1998. Their aim was to allow the garden to flow into the Windrush Valley landscape beyond it. The gardens blend form and freedom, open views and secret spaces. Long tranquil walks bordered with sharp wedges of yew, vast beeches enclosing a hidden lake, orchards sloping down to the mill stream, stone tubs overgrown with roses and a formal box-bordered parterre provide a quintessentially English setting for fine art. Asthall Manor’s entrance is notable for the sculptures by Anthony Turner which adorn its gateposts.

The garden has recently featured in the following books: Landscape of Dreams, Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds and English Gardens, and has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles, most of which can be found here. Most recently, head gardener Mark Edwards was interviewed on his innovative techniques of rose pruning for the Telegraph's Saturday garden section.

Volunteer with us: From time to time we take volunteers in the garden through the organisation WWOOF (Worldwide opportunities on organic farms):

Jamaica We have a small guest house in Jamaica click here for further details