Exploring new destinations
We are excited to add a new destination to our 2019 tour offering and the House of Schivas is definitely worth exploring. The house is tucked away far off the beaten path and the journey to the house is part of the experience. Once you’ve traversed the narrow and twisty roads you drive past an impressive walled garden which is partly planted with ornamental borders and includes a large selection of fruit trees. Although we’ve visited in Winter, the bones of the garden give you an insight into the splendour it will be during Spring and Summer.
Just a bit further down the drive you reach House of Schivas. With the original part of the building dating back to around 1590, the house has been extended on several occasions. Although it is officially called a “House”, the style of the building is very much that of a miniature castle and several of architectural features support this impression. The house remains in private ownership and the Catto family lived in the property until just a few years ago.
The tour at House of Schivas is unique in that it isn’t generally open to the public, each tour is private and conducted by the property manager. You can sit around the fire in the family room and hear about the stories of the families who have lived on the estate, the history of the building and the challenges of owning and running an estate in the 21st century. The rooms at Schivas have a homely feel and are not show pieces so contain genuine family furnishings enabling you to experience what it could be like to be “to the Manor born”.
All good houses of this era have stories of intrigue and ghosts who continue to live at Schivas. For a look behind the scenes of what stately living is really like, you won’t do better than House of Schivas and we are very much looking forward to sharing this experience with you on our Castles & Brewery Tours starting in April 2019 – every Friday. For more information follow the link below.