Malcolm, Fiona and their family welcome you to their most historic house and offer you a bed and breakfast that will have you staying literally where Kings, Queens Princes and Princesses have trodden before you. You are welcome to bring your horse and dog should you wish to do so.
Initially we are offering only the one room for bed and breakfast in the house and a Shepherds Hut called Under The Walnut Tree in the grounds. Please see the relevant page for details.
The bedroom in the house is the large 16th Century panelled first floor room with its stone mullioned windows which gets the morning sun pouring through the Eastern huge window and then the day time sun through the South facing window. This is the room that King Charles 1st stayed in on both the way to and on the return to the siege of Gloucester. With 19 ft ceilings and oak flooring and panelling you will be seeped in history.
The South facing window overlooks the front gardens that were originally laid out by Edward Barnsley and over the swimming pool to Painswick and St Mary’s spire. The Eastern window looks to the side and driveway with the thick hedges forming the boundary while the North facing window looks up the drive through the pillared gates and on through the open countryside to the beech woods beyond.
This 16th century panelled room with a large double bed has a very modern and freshly refurbished bathroom with both bathing and power showering facilities. There is nothing like a morning bath with the sun streaming in to start your day off. We can provide an additional camp bed and a cot if required. There is free wifi throughout the house, so you never need be away from those you need to contact. Giant cast iron radiators give your room a depth of warmth in the winter time.
Breakfast is served in the hall or dining room in the mornings. In the winter months it will be in front of a real fire either an open fire in the case of the dining room or large log burner in the hall. Breakfast will be freshly prepared each morning and includes traditional English breakfasts with eggs from our own chickens and sausages from our local butcher. Healthier options will also be available as will porridge in the winter months. Let us know of any specific requirements at the time of booking and we will do our best to help.
If you are staying a couple of days with us, you are welcome to come and go as you please. You can wander round the grounds and enjoy the views which are among the finest in England. Quintessential England comes to mind. Locally there is the Butchers Arms in Sheepscombe which is in walking distance to have an evening meal and other pubs and eating establishments are in Painswick and Cranham. In the summer months you can sit by the pool and read a book while taking in the sunshine and have a swim or in the winter sit by a log burner in the library.
The library is varied and you are welcome to borrow books to read from during your stay. Titles include from modern thrillers, to historic farming books, tales of discover in Africa and the like. The library has a TV with free satellite channels and a selection of DVD’s.
Being on the edge of the Cotswold Way we encourage those walking or riding to stay. We have stables with a warm bed and food for your horse or pony giving it its very own B&B. Well behaved dogs are also welcome. If you are basing yourself in the area on a riding holiday a small paddock can also be made available for grazing. The stables have all been recently refurbished and are close enough to the house for you to keep an eye on your mount.
For those travelling from further afield we are in an ideal position to base yourself and your horse. Locally we have Polo at Cirencester Park and closer to home at Longdole Polo club at Birdlip. There are a number of hunts locally and the Cotswold Hunt can be seen in the valley and meets at various times of the year locally. There are tremendous rides in the area including through the beech woods.
Looking beyond the valley we have Cheltenham a spa town with its Racing and Literature Festivals only 20 minutes from Painswick Lodge. Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham railway stations are all close to hand, giving access to the rest of the UK and with London Paddington only 90 minutes away.
Tel .: 07768 068880
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