Painswick - the 'Queen of the Cotswolds' - is an exciting new addition to A&K Villas' Cotswold Collection. Not least because of its picturesque appearance and convenient location from which to explore the heart of the Cotswolds but most excitingly, if Painswick is the 'Queen of the Cotswolds' then A&K have secured her King - Painswick Court. Princely not in just its size and stature, but in the mere fact that King Charles I himself stayed at this very home and held court here during the Siege of Gloucester in 1643. Legend has it he still haunts the grounds of Painswick and it's been well documented that the people of Painswick have seen his ghost along with his loyal men dressed in their armour.
But don't let that put you off - staying at Painswick Court not only affords its guests a slice of pure country living but offers a rare opportunity to walk in the footsteps of a British Monarch - and even sleep in the same room as he did over 400 years ago. All this as well as shops, pubs and fine restaurants all in walking distance - Painswick is without a doubt the place to stay this year.
The historical wealth of the area is not just confined to the property - Painswick itself boasts several points of interest and hosts an array of traditional events to immerse yourself in. Built of mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarry on Painswick Beacon the town's many beautiful buildings can be seen as you wander around its quaint and narrow, often cobbled, streets. From the popular Rococo Gardens founded in the eighteenth century by Benjamin Hyett and today the last surviving example of this frivolous Georgian movement when gardens took on a new role of being a less formal haven in which to let loose and have fun. To the imposing St Mary's Church dating back to the late fourteenth century with its ninety nine beautifully manicured yew trees that dominate the churchyard - these yew trees were planted in 1792 and legend has it that a hundredth can never grow because the devil will always pull it out! This is yet another example of the fascinating myths and fairy tales that surround this exceptional attractive Cotswold village making it the ideal place for families to not only live like a King but to truly understand the history of the English countryside.
- Fully equipped kitchen/diner with breakfast table (seating for 6-8 guests).
- Large sitting room with large 3D TV and satellite channels. Large original open fireplace.
- Library, which overlooks the garden, with open fireplace and desk area.
- Guests washroom.
- Wooden panelled dining room with impressive dinner table seating up to 16 guests.
- Stunning Courtroom with original 16th century fireplace and panelled walls with large sofas encircling the fireplace.
- Hidden door leads via original staircase to a vaulted games room with full length snooker table, TV and bar area.
Lower Ground Floor:
- Wine cellar.
- King Richard: Double room with en suite shower room. Separate access via the garden area.
First Floor Bedrooms:
- King Charles Suite: Master bedroom with full size king bed, flat screen TV and DVD player, en-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower.
- The Tempest: Double bed with sitting area and window seat with views over gardens, small private ensuite shower room.
Second Floor Bedrooms:
- Julius Caesar: Accessed via a winding staircase onto a landing, this attic bedroom with low vaulted ceilings hosts a double bedroom to the right and an en-suite bathroom to the left.
- Romeo & Juliet: Double bedroom with low, vaulted ceiling and original beams. En-suite (accessed via a separate entrance) with bath and shower attachment.
- Cleopatra: Double bedroom with private, small en suite shower room.
- Othello: Separate from the above 3 bedrooms, Othello comprises a double bed with adjacent bathroom (bath only).
Please note that there are low ceilings and low beams in the second floor bedrooms.
All bedrooms have TV's and tea/coffee making facilities.
Hamlet: A self-contained duplex apartment with private, external access located adjacent to the Jacuzzi and BBQ area. Downstairs kitchenette, small sauna and shower with upstairs double bedroom.
A separate, inter-connected wing ‘Courtside’ can be taken with the Court House to accommodate an additional six guests
- Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table.
- Breakfast room with bar area.
- The owner resides in a seperate wing of this floor.
- King Arthur: King bedroom in opulent style with dressing area, TV and DVD Player and ensuite with double sink, bath and separate shower.
- Lady Guinevere: King Double bedroom with separate small shower room.
- Merlin: Double bedroom with en suite shower room and a sofa bed (appropriate for a child.)
All rooms have TV’s and tea/coffee making facilities.
- Please note that due to the great age of the property, some of the door frames are quite low so extra care must be taken. This also applies to the attic level where there are low beamed ceilings and some unlevel flooring.
- The owner lives in a seperate wing of the Courtside and there is a night porter on the grounds.
- The wi-fi does not run through all rooms of the house, only in selected areas.
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 heart of Painswick. Walking distance to village shops, restaurants, private access to St Mary’s Church.
- Cheltenham: 10 miles
- Bath: 34 miles
- Stratford Upon Avon: 45 miles
- Oxford: 49 miles
- London: 100 miles
Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.