The drama started with Colonel Nathaniel Stephens, who owned the house during the English Civil War and met an unfortunate demise while living here. He was persuaded by Cromwell, a relative by marriage, to vote for the impeachment of King Charles. This angered Stephens's daughter to the point that she cursed him. Soon after, Stephens died, and it is rumored that his ghostly form can be seen being driven away from Chavenage by a headless coachman wearing royal vestments. The house has been a location shoot for several BBC television productions, including Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. Aside from its fine Cromwell-era tapestries, furniture, and artifacts, this Elizabethan country house is worth a visit for its rich history and legends.