Sounds interesting, tell me more!
We want to create experiences that delight and defy easy categorisation. To capture that spark of joy you get when you make a connection!
Our first event ‘The Locksmith’s Dream’ is a genre-defying overnight experience. It isn’t quite immersive theatre, an exclusive boutique hotel, a decadent restaurant and bar, or an escape room. It is a overnight curated experience as a guest in a historic house full of intrigue and delights.
Don’t just take our word for it though! You can read what journalists and previous guests have had to say HERE.
To get behind the scenes information about The Locksmith’s Dreams and future events (as well as discounts and special offers).
Who are all these people?
We’ve had a lot of people involved in making The Locksmith’s Dream a success, here are some of the people who are currently involved:
Ivan Carić (Management, Writing, Design), Laura Langrish (Performer, Writing, Design), Emily Carding (Performer), Jade Parsonage (Performer), Dan Osbaldeston (Performer), Rik Sowden (Performer), Ben Reid (Sound design), Marianne Wilberforce (Performer, Props), Kirsty Arch (Backstage, Props), Sarah Binney (Writing, Design), Christian Thrower (Artist), Sam Pia Sulkin (Models), Oliver Facey (Photography), Dominic Zeal (Chef, Performer), Bean Travis (Assistant Chef), Leora Bermeister (Videographer)
What events are you running in 2023?
We’ve got really exciting plans for 2023, that we’ll share as soon they’re ready. We’re initially running a Locksmith’s Dream event in March and a Ball in April, as well as more events in May. Additionally we will be running events with a different theme towards the end of the year. You’ll just have to sign up to our newsletter to find out what our plans are!
Are there any option to pay in instalments for Locksmith’s Dream tickets?
Yes! You can break the purchase into two parts by paying an initial deposit of £600 which you can redeem against any future event. You can pay your deposit HERE.
What does ‘immersive experience’ mean?
‘Immersive’ is one of those words that is much misused. For the Locksmith’s Dream, it means that the environment, the actors, the props, the sound, even the food is designed to deliver an all-encompassing experience. From the moment you enter the house, you should feel like you’ve been transported to a place out of time.
You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the other guests, the household staff and members of the Suppression Bureau while gathering clues. There is wide range of options available to you, and you need only interact as much as you like – if you prefer to observe from the sidelines while sipping a delicious cocktail in front of the fire, nobody will mind.
Do I have to dress for dinner?
Treowen is an aristrocratic but informal house. You’re welcome to dress more formally for dinner which we would encourage to make an occasion of it, but you’re not required to do so.
Can you meet my dietary requirements?
Absolutely. All meals and refreshments are prepared and served by the Chef of the house. We can accommodate any and all dietary requirements as long as we know about them in advance. Just let us know your needs when you book.
What’s this about having no locks on the doors?
Treowen is much as you would have found it when it was built in 1623. As such, there are no locks on internal doors and we cannot install any because of the house’s protected status. But guest and public areas will be clearly marked. Please be respectful of other guests and do not enter their rooms unless they accompany you in.
What is the accessibility like?
Treowen is a beautiful four-storey manor house that was built in 1623. The floors can be uneven and there are stairs to all of the guest bedrooms. The Locksmith’s Dream is a site-specific event and because of the house’s 17th-century protected status, it is sadly not possible to facilitate all the access needs we would like to. Guests in wheelchairs or with other significant mobility issues will not be able to access the majority of the building, and will be limited in their ability to participate in the full event. We hope to run the Locksmith’s Dream in other more accessible locations in future.
The Locksmith’s Dream also uses scent and sound as part of the experience. It may not be suitable for guests with medical conditions affecting the senses of smell, vision, or hearing, particularly asthma, multiple chemical sensitivity, or other respiratory conditions.
If you have any questions we would be very happy to discuss them with you. Please email [email protected] to discuss your individual needs.
Can my children attend?
Sorry! The Locksmith’s Dream is an over-18s event.
What should I wear?
Sensible shoes. The floors of Treowen are old and uneven and heels or elaborate shoes could trip you up as you move around the house. There are also extensive grounds (lakes, woods, orchards and gently sloping grassy hills) around the house you may choose to explore. If you do, we’ll provide umbrellas in inclement weather.
How can I get to the house?
The address is Treowen, Wonastow, Monmouth, NP25 4DL, and you can also find it on What3Words using trapdoor.arrow.icebergs. It’s a 30 minute car journey from the train station at Newport, or a 50 minute ride from Bristol. If you’re arriving by car, there is plenty of parking available at the house.
What time should I arrive?
Around midday. Luncheon will be served at 1PM.
What should I do if I’m going to be late?
Don’t panic. Let us know on the phone number provided when you book, and we’ll make sure that someone is there to greet you when you arrive. The Chef will also ensure a warm welcome will be waiting for you.