This late Tudor country house is set in idyllic English Cotswold countryside in Temple Guiting, a village which takes its name from the Knights Templar who guarded the sites and the routes of the Holy Land. The village is ideally located for exploring the hugely characterful and popular Cotswolds, close to Stow-on-the-Wold, Winchcombe, Broadway, Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon (of Shakespearean fame).
The area offers a wealth of picturesque villages to explore, replete with tea rooms, many renowned restaurants and of course exceptional architecture, from Norman churches dating from the 11th and 12th centuries to manor houses and cottages built in the warm, soft limestone that characterises the area. There are exceptional walking possibilities, most famed of which is the Cotswold Way, at just over 100 miles in length from the market town of Chipping Campden in the north to the heritage city of Bath in the south. It can be taken in bite-size chunks and is interspersed with some renowned English pubs!
This manor house, rich in history, with mentions as far back as the Doomsday Book, is a medieval timepiece, that has been updated compassionately, retaining its host of medieval features – exposed beams, arched, leaded windows, secret staircases and authentic, original Tudor timbered doors, set in 14 acres of landscape and formal gardens, combining topiary, roses, wild flowers, lavender and water features. Despite its ancestry the house is equipped for modern guests with plasma TVs, a DVD library and excellent kitchen facilities. The house is centrally heated and also has several open fires/wood burning stoves for your comfort throughout the year.
MANOR HOUSE ACCOMMODATION
- Kitchen: Modern fully functional with oven and hob, practical granite surfaces and slate & tile combination flooring.
- Dining Room: Dining area adjacent to the kitchen sits 10 around a dark wood dining table with elegant carved chairs.
- Dining Room Two: Atmospheric room with medieval flags adorning the oak beamed elegant, arched ceiling. The dining tables seats 16-24, and doubles up as a full-sized snooker table, creating a stunning games room.
- Living Rooms: There are three areas with their own distinctive features and characteristics:
- Snug: Cosy TV room with Sky TV and DVD.
- Main Drawing Room: Grand room with a large open fireplace and walls adorned with elegant paintings and a French chandelier, comfortable sofas and wooden floors.
- 2nd Living Room: Smaller, but very cosy with wood-burning stove, inglenook fireplace and elegant beamed ceiling. Leads up to the first floor via a “hidden staircase”, dating back to the original parts of the building.
- Bedrooms: Sleep up to 10 with three double bedrooms all with bathrooms, plus two bedrooms in the attic space. All have top quality fittings, beautiful soft towels and bathrobes. There is a hidden staircase from the 1st floor that extends down into the ground floor sitting room. This was discovered when the house was renovated and dates back to Tudor times.
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- Master bedroom: stylish and warm, 1.90m bed (which cannot be split into twins) and TV. En-suite bathroom with bathtub, no shower
- Four-Poster Bedroom: with 1.50m bed and open fireplace, lovely views over the estate and en-suite bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. (NB: the bed cannot be split into two twins). Pretty chaise longue.
- Double bedroom: Bed is a standard double (cannot be split into two twins). Small en-suite shower room. There is an extra bathroom on this floor just outside this room with jacuzzi bath (no shower).
- Both bedrooms are under the wooden beams in the attic. NB: Although characterful the wooden beams create a height restriction.
- Double bedroom: with 1.60m bed and bathroom with bath (no shower).
- Twin room: with Twin beds, sharing a bathroom with the double bedroom.
The gardens are split into two areas. Immediately behind the house is an elegant lawn with a seating area and barbecue, overlooking a small lake, offering beautiful views. Adjacent to the house are formal ornate water gardens combining topiary with roses, wild flowers and lavender. There is also a full-sized Astroturf tennis court for guests use (four rackets and balls available). A hot tub is also available in the former pigeonniere.
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.
MANOR HOUSE LOCATION
- Just north of Cheltenham Spa and in the heart of the Cotswolds Temple Guiting provides easy access to some of the most celebrated Cotswold towns and villages such as Chipping Norton, Broadway, Stow-on-the Wold and Burford. Stratford-Upon-Avon is close at hand for Shakespeare lovers and the dreamy spires of Oxford are also within easy reach. London is around 2 hours away.
Distances: Oxford 37 miles; London 93 miles; Cheltenham 15 miles; Stratford-Upon-Avon 21 miles;
*Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.
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Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available for Temple Guiting. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our Villa Only and A&K Hosted services please see our
'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick
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- Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
- Bottle of Champagne and flowers on arrival.
- Case of wine for 5 nights or more.
- Luxury White Company bed linen and towels.
- Midweek sheet change for 5 nights plus.
- Green & Spring bathroom amenities
- Under floor heating.
- Wi-Fi broadband internet.
- Use of the Tennis Court (rackets and balls provided).
- Private catering & drop-off meals available on request.
- Maid service on request at £20ph
- Wine deliveries.
- Beauty treatments.
- Tennis lessons.
- Pilates / Yoga.
- Personal training.
- Cookery lessons.
- KINDLY NOTE:
- Please kindly 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.