Darlington Manor is a stunning Grade II listed country estate located in a beautiful Cotswold village in Gloucestershire, only 1hr 45minutes from London. The house was originally built in 1656 and then re- designed in 1863, giving an impressive property full of character and grandeur. The magnificent high ceilings and rooms furnished with elegant European antiques and original open fire places are complimented by the extensive grounds with far reaching and breath-taking views of the Cotswold countryside. Darlington Manor offers a luxury and refinement that epitomizes the quintessentially English country manor.
The 28 acre estate offers an unrivalled assortment of leisure facilities including the outdoor heated swimming pool set against a backdrop of woodland and bordered by the manicured croquet lawn and outdoor tennis court - an idyllic setting for mid-afternoon tea on the lawn or a BBQ by the pool, nestled in a glorious expanse of countryside whilst providing the privacy and discretion of a private family home. Only the wandering wild pheasants passing by and the occasional soft whinny of a polo pony from the family's bordering pony paddocks. There is also an all-weather riding arena and practice polo pitch where polo and riding lessons can be arranged and the unique facility of a 270 metre squared indoor sports hall for an array of sporting activities to include badminton, basketball, netball, indoor football, cricket and hockey. The coach house also offers a gym and table tennis room and a dedicated arts and crafts area.
Darlington Manor is located in the heart of the Cotswolds with all of the traditional country pursuits nearby to enjoy, including clay pigeon shooting at Lady's Wood, exclusive golf courses at Manor House Golf Club, Castle Combe, walking or cycling the renowned 'Cotswold Way' and a wide variety of equine interests, from polo at Beaufort Polo Club to racing at Cheltenham Race Course and horse trials at Badminton and Gatcombe Park. The nearby historic town of Tetbury is perfect for browsing antiques, or have a champagne tea tour around the Highgrove Gardens, the country home of HRH Prince Charles. The nearby Georgian city of Bath is always impressive to see with the ancient Roman thermal baths and what better way to take in the sights of the city by day and evening, then relaxing in a rooftop natural thermal bath spa.
After a day of country revelry, be welcomed home by a roaring fire and sumptuous leather sofas for drinks in the library before dinner. Follow through to the dining room for exquisite cuisine by candlelight - whether it be an intimate dining experience between friends and family, or a formal dinner party for 60 guests celebrating that special occasion. Then retire to the drawing room for coffee or a glass of port and listen to the sounds of the grand piano, with the sun setting over the glorious views of the Cotswold countryside.
This private residence is offered for a limited number of exclusive stays each year and you can expect only the highest standards of service and cuisine, with a dedicated concierge and event management service to ensure your every need is met. Darlington Manor offers an exceptional experience of luxury country living, coupled with all the warmth of a family home, creating a graceful and distinguished setting perfect for special celebrations, events or luxurious family stays.
The main rooms throughout the Ground Floor have open wood burning fire places, many with stunning marble surrounds and traditional window shutters. The kitchen, old kitchen and boot room have original slate flooring, the remaining rooms throughout the house have original wooden floorboards and Persian rugs.
- Entrance Hall leading left to the grand staircase and formal rooms (dining room, drawing room, library and sitting room) and leading right to the play room and kitchen.
- Dining Room - antique dining room table seats up to 18 guests, or bespoke tabling to seat up to 60 guests.
- Drawing Room - a formal room with stunning views over the property and a Steinway grand piano.
- Library - with chesterfield leather sofas, desks and board games. Large screen Mac computer with printer/scanner and internet connection (plus Wi-Fi throughout most of the ground floor).
- Sitting room - with leather sofas and large screen TV with Sky channels and DVD player.
- Play room - with a large screen TV and DVD player.
- Kitchen - fully kitted kitchen, including an impressive large granite island centre. Family dining area with table to seat 8 to 10 guests.
o Gas five ring hob
o Gas oven, electric oven and electric grill
o Two sinks, one with garbage disposal o Integrated microwave o Two integrated dishwashers
o Integrated freezer and three integrated fridges o Lada store rooms with two full height lada fridges and a chest freezer.
- Old Kitchen - with original oven feature from the 1860's.
- Boot Room - leading out to the courtyard, this room is ideal for returning from those country pursuits.
- Laundry/Utility Room.
- WC - Two ground floor WC's with wash hand basins.
Lower Ground Floor:
- Extensive wine cellar.
- Log Store.
First Floor (Please refer to the floor plan):
The first floor has 10 guest bedrooms with a maximum capacity for 19 guests, facilitated by 4 bathrooms and an additional 4 separate WCs.
- BEDROOM 1 - Double bed, overlooks the church
- BEDROOM 2 - Single bed, overlooks the ice house and woodland.
- BEDROOM 3 - Double bed, overlooks the croquet lawn and countryside beyond.
- BEDROOM 4 - King size bed, overlooks the front driveway.
- BEDROOM 5 - Double bed, overlooks the croquet lawn, swimming pool, tennis court and countryside beyond. Joining door to bedroom 6.
- BEDROOM 6 - King size bed, overlooks the croquet lawn, swimming pool, tennis court and countryside beyond. Joining door to bedroom 5.
- BEDROOM 7 - Within guest wing, double bed, overlooks the church and front driveway.
- BEDROOM 8 - Within guest wing, double bed, overlooks the swimming pool, tennis courts and countryside beyond. Joining door to bedroom 9.
- BEDROOM 9 - Within guest wing, king size bed, overlooks the courtyard and polo pitch. Joining door to bedroom 8.
- BEDROOM 10 - Within guest wing, double bed, overlooks the church and front driveway.
- BATHROOM 1 - roll top bath, separate shower, double sinks, WC.
o Separate WC 1 - single sink and WC
- BATHROOM 2 - roll top bath, separate shower, double sinks, WC
o Separate WC 2 - single sink and WC
- BATHROOM 3 - free standing shower, single sink, WC
o Separate WC 3 - single sink and WC
- BATHROOM 4 - free standing shower and single sink.
o Separate WC 4 - single sink and WC
The Coach House and Sports Hall:
Central courtyard joins the main house to the sport and leisure facilities:
- Games room.
- Carpeted garage.
- Oak room gym (treadmill, cross trainer, cycle machine) with dart board and table tennis table.
- 273 metre squared sports hall with badminton net, netball and basket-ball hoops, and lined up for indoor football and hockey.
- Art room.
Grounds and Gardens:
- All-weather tennis court.
- All-weather horse riding arena.
- Grass practice polo pitch.
- Croquet lawn with original ice house feature.
- Lower lawn.
- Outdoor heated swimming pool with 8 poolside loungers and umbrellas.
- Pool lawn with BBQ, round wooden table for 10 guests and sun terrace.
- Walled garden.
- Spring water well & bottling house.
- Horse grazing paddocks border the property.
- Tack room and tack-up area.
- The grounds manager and housekeeper live onsite in the self-contained flat above the coach house.
- The concierge lives onsite in a self-contained flat on the lower second floor of the main house and if requested, can be situated in the ground floor office throughout the day to be on call as required.
GENERAL ACTIVITIES IN THE COTSWOLDS
- Visit a Cotswold Garden like the Painswick Rococo Garden in Painswick. Many are open until dusk and are lit up beautifully to enhance your visit.
- Hire a Classic Car for a memorable day out or a weekend break in The Cotswolds.
- Try hot air ballooning to truly capture the beauty of the Cotswolds, this is most definitely one of the best ways of seeing the stunning countryside.
- Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s birthplace
- Drive along one of the two Romantic Roads to the most picturesque Cotswold villages.
- Experience the beauty of the nature and various outdoor activities and in the Forest of Dean.
- Explore the local cuisine - Fabulous local produce, award winning restaurants & creative chefs all make eating and drinking in the Cotswolds a truly memorable experience.
SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN THE COTSWOLDS
- Walking and cycling - Cotswold walking and cycling trails lead along Roman routes, ancient salt ways and through medieval villages.
- Horse riding – the Cotswolds is the horse country par excellence with it's own strong riding culture.
- Golf - golfing breaks are enhanced by friendly, unpretentious courses shaped by gentle Cotswold contours.
- Cricket - Gloucestershire is a First Class Cricket County, with opportunities to see top level cricket at both Cheltenham Cricket Festival and Gloucester Cricket Festivals.
- Swimming - there is a good selection of swimming pools in and around the Cotswolds, with both indoor and outdoor pools.
- Fishing – Fish your own wild brown trout or try trout Fly fishing at one of the many lakes and rivers in the Cotswolds.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS IN THE COTSWOLDS
- Bath, Roman Baths
- Berkeley, Berkeley Castle
- Broadway, Broadway Tower
- Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshire
- Bourton on the Water, Birdland Park Garden
- Bourton on the Water, Model Village
- Cheltenham, Sudeley Castle
- Cirencester, Royal College of Agriculture
- Elkstone - Norman church of St. John
- Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral
- Oxford, Historical Centre
- Painswick, Britain's oldest Bowling Green
- Stow-on-the-Wold, Rollright Stones
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Church of the Holy Trinity (Shakespeare’s Grave)
- Stroud, Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
- Tewkesbury, Tewkesbury Abbey
- Warwick, Warwick Castle
- Woodstock, Blenheim Palace
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR HOLIDAY IN GREAT BRITAIN
Great Britain operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
English is the principal language across Great Britain.
Great Britain’s unit of currency is the Pound Sterling, divided into 100 Pence.
In Great Britain, travellers cheques are sometimes accepted as payment in larger department stored but can be easily converted into local currency at banks. Hotels, shops, restaurants and many other venues accept all major credit cards and ATM access is widespread. American Express is less widely accepted. Exchange currency only at authorised outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping IN GREAT BRITAIN
A charge for service is often added to restaurant bills but, if it’s not, a typical gratuity would be equal to 10 - 15% of the total. In pubs, tipping lounge staff is at your discretion but is generally not common practice. When paying taxi fares, it is usual to tip up to 10% and round up to the nearest pound.
The British weather has a bad reputation but in actual fact rainy days are nowhere near as common as you may expect. The seasons are marked: In summer, days are bright and usually sunny: Spring and autumn can be cool in the evenings and rain showers are more common; In winter snow is rare but it can be cold and frosty.
While jeans are acceptable, “smart casual” attire in Britain often means stylish trousers or skirt outfit for women and a shirt with collar and trousers for men. Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime. Spring and autumn temperatures dictate medium-weight clothing selections and in winter warm pullovers are required.
For the countryside, bring comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels. An umbrella or light raincoat may come in handy.
For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.
Electrical service throughout Great Britain is supplied at 220 volts/50 hertz.
Located in the south Cotswolds, Darlington Manor is only 1hr 45 minutes from London, 15 minutes from the M4 and M5. Closest British Rail Train stations include Kemble and Bristol Parkway.
- Badminton: 6 miles - 15 minutes to the north
- Beaufort Polo club: 8 miles - 15 minutes to the east
- Westonbirt Arboretum: 10 miles - 19 minutes to the east
- Tetbury: 10 miles - 20 minutes to the east
- Bath: 20 miles - 40 minutes to the south
- Bristol: 25 miles - 35 minutes to the south west
- Cirencestor: 20 miles - 35 minutes to the north east
- Stroud: 13 miles - 25 minutes to the north
- Gloucester: 26 miles - 45 minutes to the north
- Cheltenham: 35 miles - 50 minutes to the north
- Stratford-Upon-Avon: 63 miles - 1hr 25 minutes to the north east
- Oxford: 62 miles - 1hr 25 minutes to the east
- London: 114 miles - 1hr 45 minutes to the east
*Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.