Housekeeper's Know-how

This event is now fully booked, but an additional date has been added on 20th March.


There are also still spaces on one of our other Abbey events. Both of these dates include a talk by Simon Pestell;

How to run a Stately Home: Talk and Lunch 16th May 2019

How to run a Stately Home: Talk and Lunch 11th July 2019


Housekeeper's Know-how

Ever wondered what it takes to preserve and care for a great stately home and its treasures?

While we’re closed for the winter, our housekeeping team invites you behind-the-scenes for an exclusive glimpse into what it takes to complete Woburn Abbey’s annual ‘deep-clean’

Every room is cleaned from top to bottom, involving scaffolding, specialist vacuum cleaners and brushes, and a lot of time and energy! Ornate plasterwork, detailed giltwood carvings and fragile chandeliers all receive specialist attention.


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Please note: The Abbey and Gardens are closed to non event visitors on this day, please use the event entrance marked as 'Sculpture Gallery' upon arrival. Please click here for a map.

Order of the day

Complimentary Tea and Coffee will be available in the Duchess' Tea Room from 10.00am

10.30am – Join Simon Pestell, Head Housekeeper at Woburn Abbey, as he takes you on a tour round the Abbey, whilst it is closed to the general public. See how paintings are expertly dusted to ensure preservation for future generations, and observe the cleaning of porcelain, silver and silver-gilt plate. Simon will share his in-depth, specialist knowledge with you and answer your questions. 

12.00noon – Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch, served to your table in the Lantern Room at the Sculpture Gallery, followed by tea and coffee.

£40 per person, including a two-course lunch. Please use the button below to book.

If you have any dietary requirements, please call us on 01525 290333

Please note that the main visitor entrance will be closed for this event. Please use this map to enter via our event entrance.


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