“ONLY A FEW PLACES HAVE THE SAME NAME IN EVERY HISTORY.
THE HOUSE CALLED TREOWEN IS ONE, AND IN EVERY HISTORY,
THE WHEELOCKS HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY THERE.”
On the ancient borders between Wales and England there stands a stately home. It nestles in the ageless and tranquil Monmouthshire countryside — a place a little out of time. It’s the faded seat of the Wheelock family, who’ve extended their family home beyond the waking world.
“…the house is its own character.”
The Wheelocks count brickmakers, architects and adepts among their number; they’ve laboured long and secretly, marking bricks with Ramsund so that when the house sleeps the bricks give rise to dreaming selves and a house rises in the Bounds. Their greatest work, the Winding Stair, is a back-way into the Mansus that can be ascended almost to the Concursum. This is how and why the Aviform hours meet there. Gossip and mysteries lie scattered like so many crumbs.
Treowen is an early 17th-century Grade I‑listed manor house in the parish of Wonastow in the county of Monmouthshire. Its history sprawls over four storeys of oak panelling, ancient staircases, and hidden nooks.
The beautiful gardens and grounds, and the enchanting Monmouthshire countryside can be seen from every leaded window. The position commands extensive views west and south over the Trothy valley toward the Wye valley and the Forest of Dean, westward to the Monmouthshire valleys and northward as far as the Black Mountains.
“There is something very moving about the distant view of Treowen, rising suddenly, high and lonely, out of the fields.”
Mark Girouard, architectural historian
The address for Google Maps / sat nav is Treowen, Wonastow, Monmouth, NP25 4DL.