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Ewelme Manor

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 38 reviews

South facing view of Ewelme Manor

Manor House | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 18

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

This wonderfully restored Georgian country house offers the perfect retreat either for a quiet, luxurious weekend, or bring the house to life with festivities and party celebrations. Step through the classic entrance doors to Ewelme Manor and discover this beautiful Georgian home.

Designed by Anthony Keck in 1760 and once a 'Coming of Age' present to the late William Purnell, Ewelme Manor is the architect's earliest identifiable Gloucestershire country house, also closely associated with Highgrove, Berkeley Castle and Rodborough Manor to name just a few.

The perfect house for entertaining in style, with a superbly equipped kitchen, the Aga, with companion, warming the heart of the home, numerous impressive reception rooms, all with magnificent period open fireplaces, and a recently added outdoor pool complex with cinema room, provides a more contemporary 'spa like' feel and an additional entertaining area.

Start your day by taking morning tea under the verandah by the fountain. Enjoy a long, leisurely lunch with family and friends under the pergola on the south facing patio, overlooking the pool. Sip a cocktail before dinner in the study infront of the open fire and then dine with style in the 17th century dining room. Alternatively, you could just cosy up on a feather sofa in the 'snug' with the flickering flames of the woodburner, or settle down infront of a movie in the cinema room - the choice is yours to make.

Take the time to unwind in one of the marble-clad bathrooms in an elegant roll top bath before retiring to your choice of spacious bedrooms, sumptuously furnished. The perfect end to the perfect day!

Ewelme Manor even offers a 'feature bedroom' that your children will love!

With a huge variety of local attractions and sporting activities and entertainment, it makes Ewelme Manor the ideal choice for adult and family celebrations alike, steeped in English History and classic Cotswold charm.

Size Sleeps up to 18, 7 bedrooms
Nearest beach Weston Super Mare
Will consider House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bristol 28 km, Nearest railway: Kemble/Stroud/Bristol
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 4 En suites and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (8), Cots (1), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 17
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Trampoline
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The rooms eminate a classic georgian style with high ceilings, sash windows and many period features. The spacious south facing bedrooms all have ceiling to floor sash windows and thick, luxurious curtains and either Superking or kingsize beds. WIth regards to sleeping arrangements, we can offer some flexibility and there are three ground floor bedrooms if required. Beds can be altered to singles in some rooms so please contact us to discuss your requirements. Additional beds can also be added to the larger bedrooms. We are happy to advise and arrange a choice of In-house catering and spa treatments or for any specific requests please do ask and we will always do our utmost to assist. A full In House brochure will be supplied with the booking giving information of all the surrounding areas and attractions and recommended places to go to help you make the most out of your stay.

Further details outdoors

The house sits in an elevated position in 8 acres of secluded gardens and paddocks, made up of several lawned areas bordered with flowerbeds. The garden stretches to the east along the line of the entrance drive where the sheep graze in the paddocks overlooking Uley Valley. The River Ewelme runs as a boundary line through the woodland that stretches along the bottom of the garden. The house overlooks a spring fed fountain with water from the stream that runs through the centre of the garden and forms small ponds in various places. Walking around the grounds is like walking around an aboretum. The main focal point being a magnificent Copper Beech thought to be over 250 years old cornering a lowered patio, with steps leading down to an avenue of yews, a specimen acer and an additional avenue of grand lime trees. A large magnolia shelters the stream on the lower lawn. It is a garden worth exploring at any time of year.

Further details

Deposit payable on booking - 40%

Balance due 8 weeks before arrival

Damage deposit required 1 week prior to booking date

Please refer to detailed Terms and Conditions at time of booking

Please note that there is a minimum stay of 3 nights over New Year

The Central England/Cotswolds region

The Cotswolds, also known as 'The Heart of England', are the hills and valleys that make up the two famous counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, drifting into the boundaries of some of the neighbouring counties. Literally translated as "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides",The Cotswolds is an area characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of the underlying, famous golden coloured Cotswold stone. In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous as it still remains today, and some of this money was invested into the building of churches so the area has a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". Designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the rolling hills and hidden valleys hide picturesque villages, period Rectory's and Stately Homes nestled amongst, without a doubt, some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Home to the Royals and with the famous cities of Bath, Cheltenham and Bristol on the doorstep, the area offers something for everybody - outdoor pursuits, scenic walks, city thrills or extreme sports. From the serenity of walking the Cotswold Way to a day out at Cheltenham Gold Cup, you won't be disappointed!


The house is situated in an elevated position with far reaching views across the Uley Valley, in a conservation area and a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The famous 'Cotswold Way' walk is directly outside the gates and if you prefer walking, a gentle stroll into the local town takes less than 8 minutes with all your local amenities at hand . There are a huge amount of local activities available to suit a wide variety of interests from relaxing to the more extreme sports, and many historical places of interest if you're looking for culture. From 'Highgrove' to 'Cheese Rolling', you'll find plenty to entertain.

* Easy access to Bristol/Bath/Cheltenham - all within 40 minutes

* Walking/hiking - situated on the 'Cotswold Way', direct access to many famous walks in outstanding countryside

* Golf 5 minutes by car

* Riding - recommended local riding stables for beginners to advanced to enjoy the breathtaking scenery

* Westonbirt Arboretum - extensive programmes of concerts and woodland walks

* Polo at Beaufort and Cirencester - home fields to 'the Royals'

* Ballet, Opera, International performances at the Bristol Hippodrome, Bath and Cheltenham

* Theatres, Music Festivals, Literacy Festivals

* Horse Racing at Cheltenham and Bath

* 3 day eventing at Badminton and Gatcombe Park (Home to Princess Ann) (both 10 minutes by car)

* Local houses of interest and National Trust properties including, Highgrove (by pre-booking), Berkeley Castle and Butterfly Farm, Chavenage, Dyrrham Park, Woodchester Mansion, Newark Park etc all within 15 minutes

* Cotswold Water Park - water sports and fishing

* Clay pigeon shooting

* Gliding

* Local award winning pub 'The Old Spot' within walking distance of the house and many more local country pubs at hand

* Trains - Kemble (1hr 15 mins) Also Stroud and Bristol offer direct fast track to London. Collection can be arranged.

* Local airports - Bristol/Cardiff/Birmingham

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22 Sep 2014



Beautiful house, amazing rooms, great comfy beds with quality linens, great extra special touches which make the difference and a fabulous pool. We had a ball.… More

22 Jul 2014



I booked this Manor House for 17 people for my best friend's hen weekend and I cannot rate it highly enough. I knew it was going to be amazing from the photos but they really don't do it justice. The house is absolutely, unbelievably incredible - the party turned up in dribs and drabs and every single person was amazed as they took the tour.
We were blessed with good weather on the Friday so were able to spend time lounging by the pool - we felt like we were in a luxury Spanish villa. Unfortunately there were torrential storms on Friday night and the rain kept up on Saturday morning but we still used the pool - it just made the experience more interesting! We went to a local pub (The Old Spot in Dursley) for lunch on Saturday, also highly recommended as they were very accommodating and the food was fantastic. The weather cleared up again so we did more pool lounging on Saturday afternoon, followed by hen do games and a bit of a party in the evening. There was even a cinema room in the pool house to play a recorded version of Mr & Mrs!
This is the ultimate house for a group of friends to get together and just have a fantastic time - the house, the grounds, the pool, everything was just amazing and I can't think of one negative thing to say. Candida was amazing all the way through, so helpful and even left a bottle of champagne and strawberries out with a card for the hen. What a lovely touch!
I can't recommend this house highly enough - for a large group of people you'll only end up spending what you would on an average hotel per night and it's more than worth it!

10 Jul 2014


"Stunning! Couldnt have asked for a better weekend!"

The extravagant gated driveway and the long meander up to the house gives the feeling of what you are to expect upon arrival at Ewelme Manor. We were greeted with a gorgeous arrival gift of Champagne, strawberries and chocolates giving the sense that the owners truly welcomed us into their home and wishes us a pleasant stay.
Every room within the house is perfectly decorated, in its own theme, with oodles of space for your party. There was never a sense of being uncomfortable during our stay. The house was completely fully furnished, even down to ice trays meaning that our party did not want for anything. We were completely taken care of.
The outdoor heated pool and surrounding patio area was perfect for lazy days in the sunshine followed by BBQ's and outdoor games, which took place away from the house with plenty of space for a game or two of rounders. The pool house containing cinema and wet room were an added surprise and were often frequented when things became too hectic and a sit down was needed.
Everything we could of asked for 20 ladies to enjoy a fabulous weekend!!
Thank you to the owners Stephen and Candida for all the personal touches, taking care of all of our requests and of course the gorgeous weather :o)

8 Jul 2014


"Superb venue for a special occasion"

I had read many of the previous reviews and so was expecting something rather special. I can honestly say my expectations were exceeded! I had booked the weekend to celebrate with our family my 70th and we were 10 adults with 8 grandchildren aged 3-17 years. The house was an ideal venue. Everything was spotlessly clean, the bedrooms and bathrooms were elegantly arranged and the kitchen was very well equipped. Being in the middle of the World Cup the boys loved the huge television projector in the Pool Room. The heated outside swimming pool was very popular and there was plenty of outside space for our energetic grandchildren. The owners, Stephen and Candida were very friendly and helpful. Any emails or phone calls prior to the event were responded to quickly. I would strongly recommend Ewelme Manor for any similar celebration.

1 Jul 2014


"Absolute paradise!!"

We decided to hire Ewelme Manor for my hen do last weekend and we couldn't have picked a more beautiful place. The photos of the house do not do it justice. Every single room was decorated to an impeccible standard and was immaculately clean. The gardens and grounds were beautiful too. We were met by Stephen the owner who showed us around and explained how everything worked. We had a complimentary bowl of fruit, a bottle of champagne, chocolates and a bride to be balloon awaiting us too. I only wish we had booked for a longer stay. I cannot recommend this place enough it was as the title says absolute paradise!!

3 Jun 2014


"Beautiful house, perfect for large groups"

I booked Ewelme Manor for my husband's birthday celebration with a large group of our friends. The house was beautiful and perfect for entertaining. Thankfully the weather was nice too so we were able to use the swimming pool and outdoor dining area.
The owner, Candida, couldnt have been more helpful in organisation of the event. She gave me contact details of local caterers, pubs, restaurants and activites. She also kindly left a card and champagne for my husband, which was a very thoughtful touch.

14 Apr 2014


"Stunning house"

A group of 17 girls rented this house for a hen weekend and we're so glad we did as everything about our stay was fantastic. We were greeted upon arrival by Stephen (the owner) who gave us a tour… More

24 Mar 2014


"You have to book this house! best weekend ever!"

Have nothing but great things to say about this beautiful, beautiful house and its amazing owners! We have just returned from a hen party with 18 ladies and everyone was blown away . Nothing was too much trouble for the owners including putting up the most magnificent Christmas tree in the middle of March!!! The house and the grounds are just incredible and we can't wait to go back!

3 Dec 2013


"Luxurious Manor house steeped in country chic"

I booked Ewelme Manor for a friend's birthday almost a month prior to staying at the manor

Having booked Ewelme Manor a month previously for a friend's birthday, I was soon in contact with it's wonderful custodian and owner; Candida. Candida saw to it that any and all our specific needs were taken care of, eager to answer any question, always contactable and professional to the last.

One month later and upon arrival, our party descended upon the house, or rather ascended! It's huge! The pictures do not do it justice - we were amazed at the scale of the manor, not to mention the quality. Again every whim had been catered for, and we were greeted by a bottle of champagne, chocolates and clean white robes with which to enshrowed ourselves after use of any one of the impressive bathrooms.

We soon settled in next to the roaring log fires, easing into the cosy sofas and country lifestyle with ease.

I would not hesitate to recommend a stay at Ewelme and only wish for the chance to stay again. You will not forget it in a hurry!

18 Oct 2013


"Stunning property, would highly recommend"

I stayed at Ewelme Manor in June for a friend's hen weekend party, we had a really wonderful time. The property and the grounds are absolutely stunning, we all loved it, the interior is really be… More

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