About Lydney Park Estate
Lydney Park Estate is situated between Gloucester and Chepstow in the Forest Of Dean. The original mansion house at Lydney Park was built by the Wintour Family who were prominent supporters of King Charles I. In 1719 Lydney Park Estate was acquired by Benjamin Bathurst and his descendants have owned it ever since.
In 1876 the family demolished the original road-side mansion house, moving to a new house in the centre of the deer park. In 1935 Captain Charles Bathurst was created Viscount Bledisloe for his services as Governor General of New Zealand. Rupert Bathurst is the fourth Viscount Bledisloe, his father Christopher having died in 2009.