Charlecote Park is a grand 16th century country house, surrounded by its own deer park, on the banks of the River Avon near Wellesbourne. The Lucy family owned the land from 1247. Charlecote Park was built in 1558 by Sir Thomas Lucy. Queen Elizabeth I stayed in the room that is now the drawing room. Successive generations of the Lucy family had modified Charlecote Park. In 1823, George Hammond Lucy inherited the house and set about recreating the house in its original style. It has been administered by the National Trust since 1946 and is open to the public. It is a Grade I listed building.