For nearly a thousand years Frampton Court Estate and the Clifford family have been at the heart the idyllic Frampton Village, South Gloucestershire. Janie Clifford’s modern-day ethos is one of careful stewardship of a traditional, sustainable English country living. The Estate comprises of 1500 acres of farmed arable land, woodlands, lakes and wetlands – which provides wonderful walks, riding, angling, sailing, shooting, bird-watching and hunting.

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Alongside stewarding a Stately Home, Janie also produces home grown fruit and veg in The Manor’s garden, lays on scrumptious lunches and teas for tours at The Wool Barn, and oversees the management of the Gloucester Old Spot pigs, which produce delicious delicacies for the breakfast table at Frampton Court. This truly is a family deeply rooted in its community and traditions, almost like a by-gone era from a Victorian Novel or Movie.
Janie was kind enough to answer some of our questions, to help us with this feature.

Question: What is the most fun event or activity with-in the village and why?

Janie Clifford: In my opinion, this is the Frampton Country Fair (http://framptoncountryfair.co.uk/index.php/about-the-fair-estate). It is an annual event that takes place in the Park at Frampton Court and is always packed full of interesting activities, displays and shopping opportunities. We will be hosting the 30th consecutive year of the fair on 13th September 2015.

Janie Clifford

Janie Clifford

Frampton Estate comprises of two grand houses – a striking timber-framed 16th century Manor and the splendid 18th century Frampton Court – which face each other across the tranquil village green, reputed to be the longest in England.

Question: Many owners over the centuries have put their stamp on the house, due to their personal tastes and the fashion of the era. How would you describe your own influence over the design of the house? And how has our era, changed the design or running of the house?

Janie Clifford’s: The era in which we live means that the house now needs to pay its way, which is why we open it to the public for tours in the summer month and welcome guests throughout the year for B&B and private House Parties.

Question: Which is your most admired or loved “design” element of the house, whether it be architecture or interior?

Janie Clifford: The whole house is a gem, but I feel the panelling and front steps are particularly special.

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In the garden is a breathtaking 18th century Orangery with an elegant ornamental canal. The Manor garden is more intimate with its pretty Frampton-brick walls and is a plants man’s delight boasting a host of unusual plants.

For those art lovers, Frampton is home to the “Frampton Flora”, an exquisite collection of 19th century water-colours executed by several generations of Clifford ladies, and housed at Frampton Court.

Question: Who found the Frampton Flora Collection?
Janie : The Frampton Flora were found in the attic by Rollo’s mother, Henriette Clifford, in the 1980s.

Does anyone still paint in the family?
Janie: Our children are all artistic in different ways; Jessie is a milliner and designs and makes fantastic hats from within Frampton Court itself (http://jessiecliffordhats.com/).

Which is your favorite piece in the Frampton Flora Collection and why?
Janie: The wild orchids are a fascinating record of local flora in the 19th Century.

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For More details on Frampton Court Estate, from History to Events, please check out: http://www.framptoncourtestate.co.uk

 

Consort News highly recommends this venue, whether it is for a Wedding, Parties, Film or Photo-shoots. If not just for the estate itself, but also the typical English quaint village it nestles with-in.

 

Interview by Hannah Robbins

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