Kick back as Lord and Lady of the manor in this fantastically elegant period home. Set within acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this historic property offers a tranquil base to explore Shakespeare’s country.
Tucked away in this little explored corner of the Cotswolds and within easy reach of Shakespeare country sits Stourton Manor, a much loved home and piece of living history. Dating from the early 1600s and painstakingly restored by the present owners, it’s a rare privilege to experience such heritage as a guest.
Period features abound and impressive inglenooks, original flagstone floors, exposed beams and rarely seen authentic elm panelled walls all combine to create a unique backdrop to your time away with family & friends.
An auto gate with intercom to the main house opens on to a gravelled drive bordered by dry stone walls. Follow the drive round the bend with an orchard to your right and lawns to your left as you approach the house where there’s ample parking for at least 6 cars.
Enter the house via the original door – to announce your arrival, pull on the ancient prayer bell.
There’s an elegant sitting room and sophisticated library, each with open fires and perfect for pre-dinner drinks and post dinner debates, helped along by the generously stocked drinks trolley in the library. That said, it would be very hard indeed to tear yourself away from the cosy ambiance of the dining hall – if walls could talk!
The characterful country kitchen has everything you’ll need to cook up a storm (or have someone else do it). A traditional pantry linking the kitchen to the dining hall, provides ample storage as well as all manner of kitchen paraphernalia and there’s a super warm laundry room on the top floor of the house completing the facilities offered by a contemporary utility room.
From the dining room a door in the panelling opens on to the wooden staircase which is lined with wood panelling and rises and turns in a U shape to the first floor.
The stairs open on to a large landing area with 2 x leather chesterfield sofas and desk.
To the right is the Master Bedroom which sits above the library below and also has a corner fireplace (not used). This is a triple aspect room with cheval mirror, cane sofa and wardrobe. The superking beds sits in front of a wall of original elm panelling and the stately feel is supplemented by sumptuous White Co bed linen. The adjacent Bathroom is divided from the bedroom by the ancient elm panelling. The traditional cast iron claw foot tub has an overhead rain shower complete with curtain on a brass circular pole. The side leaded window has a window seat if you fancy company during your soak. There’s a sink with mirror over and an old fashioned WC with overhead cistern and pull chain. The owners also thoughtfully supply all your bathroom needs with shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, moisturiser, bath oil and bath salts – indulge!
Also accessed from the landing is Bedroom 2: this room has a king size bed also backdropped by the antique elm panelling. This is a double aspect room in warm hues of burnt orange and mustard. There’s a chest of drawers, pine wash stand, some old occasional chairs and a wardrobe.
Back across the landing is Bedroom 3 accessed along a corridor with a bathroom on the left and bedroom 3 ahead of you. The bathroom is capacious with another claw foot tub with telephone style shower attachment, sink and WC. Bedroom 3 has a super king bed, exposed beams and an attractive cruck shaped ceiling. There are wall cupboards for storage and a lacquered Chinese cabinet acts as a wardrobe, complemented by the Chinese style bedside tables.
Back to the landing area and the middle door opens to a wooden staircase which leads to the second floor. Again the stairs are wood panelled and rise and turn – they are even and not steep.
The family room, bedroom 4 is immediately at the top of the stairs. This impressive room has an A frame cruck beam, exposed timbers and a wooden floor. There’s a superking sized french bed, a single bed, a cane sofa, armchair and side table. The white and neutral tones make for a very calming and restful space – the wardrobe is just outside the room at the top of the stairs.
Outside the room there’s a galleried style landing area leading to bedroom 5, a room fit for a princess: there’s a delightful antique 4 poster indian bed, an over-sized single sitting high off the floor and adorned with very pretty linens in cream & gold. There’s a decorative iron fireplace and a school desk with chair. The regal feel is supplemented by the pale tones of the floor rug. There’s a wardrobe for hanging clothes.
Back across the landing is the bathroom with wood panelled bath, WC and sink. Adjacent to this is the laundry room which houses all of your wash day accoutrements – washing machine, iron & ironing board and all manner of wash liquids and fabric softener. This room is super toasty and there’s a drying rack facilitating speedy drying of your clothes.
For the active, an adjacent barn is a home to a yoga studio with weights, stepper and exercise bike. To make life easy there’s a contemporary shower room so you don’t have to schlep back to the house after your exercise, the shower room also provides handy overflow when bathroom demand in the main house is high. The barn also houses a very spacious games room with board games, billiards table and TV/dvd with easy chairs and sofas – an ideal hang out for the teenagers of the family or to cope with different TV viewing requirements.
As well as being ideally suited to the active with tennis court and cricket practice facilities, the private, enclosed grounds extend to a few acres and are an horticulturalist’s dream – wander the orchard, pick your own veg in the veg garden & fruit cage, soak up the scents of the rose garden, admire the traditional form of the knot garden and picnic on the vast lawns or amongst the wild flower meadowland. To keep this all in tip-top condition the gardeners visit twice a week but will work away quietly in the background and not disturb your peace.
Need to Know
In tribute to its age, the house is sympathetically furnished: you’ll luxuriate in enamelled claw foot tubs, sleep the deepest of sleeps in beds dressed with the finest cottons and linens, relax in comfortable rooms in restful tones with an infusion of colour from warm hued klims and rugs and delight in the eclectic pieces collected by the owners over the years, many reminiscent of faraway cultures. History buffs and culture vultures will delight in this property and for those simply in search of somewhere to hole up, relax and enjoy the creature comforts, fear not, despite its age there are no draughty corridors here, a very warm welcome awaits.
All mod cons have been thought of too and there's a full SKY TV package and free wifi available.
Since the owners are not resident full time in the UK, such remarkable heritage warrants stewardship and visitors should note that there is an on site guardian. Once initial introductions are complete, this should have little impact on your stay.
One well behaved dog welcome. Please note an additional £20 charge applies per dog per stay.
Stourton Manor is strictly a non smoking establishment.
A £1,000 refundable security deposit is required for this property.