Farmhouse | 11 bedrooms | sleeps 26
Set high on the Cotswold escarpment above the Evesham Vale, cotswold farmhouse is a self-catering complex of traditional farm buildings, cocooned within a 90-acre woodland estate. It has been tastefully converted into a stunning country venue for big groups, and would suit those weekending, on holiday or on business. This is a great place from which to explore the Cotswolds - the location is really special, and the views across to the ancient Malvern Hills quite fabulous.
The property comes in 3 parts - Main farmhouse sleeps 14, while The Barn Conversion (just across the courtyard) sleeps 8. The Barn Conversion also has two put-you-up beds, and The Craft studio sleeps 4
The main house and The Barn Conversion have their own kitchens, but a big group can always dine together in the main house.
If you plan to party while you're here you can use the Havana Club party barn (see below).
This is also an ideal corporate venue, and very flexible so that you can tailor make your own package, using some or all of the facilities. It can be booked for business meetings, presentations, team building events and conferences. There's a choice of meeting rooms. The recently converted Stone Barn, for example, can seat up to 24 boardroom style or 40 cinema style. It has a large HD electric screen and HD projector. This area is available for separate rent and not included in the house price.
|Size||Sleeps up to 26, 11 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham, Nearest railway: Cheltenham Spa|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||11 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 7 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (9), Dining seats for 28, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors||
The main farmhouse has a fantastic cellar games room with plasma TV and pool/snooker table, ideal for boys of all ages! There is an oil fired Aga in the comfortable, well equipped kitchen, log fire in the dining room and 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms for guests to enjoy.
The barn conversion has 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, open plan kitche/dining/living area.
The Craft studio has 2 bedrooms with 1 bathroom.
2 put -u-up beds are available for the main house making sleeping for 28 people.
|Further details outdoors||
The tennis court is a few paces from the main house for those feeling energetic.
The fisherman amongst you must bring your rod to chase the fish in the lake , also near to the house. Fabulous walks all over the full 90 acres to tire the children
Accommodation areas included in the rental price, i.e The main farmhouse, Barn conversion, Craft studio and The Havana Club. (Altogether up to 28 people can be accommodated ! You can rent a further annexe sleeping 2-4 people for £660)
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Stanley Pontlarge Coordinates: 51°58'16?N 2°00'22?W51.971°N 2.006°W
Stanley Pontlarge is a hamlet in Gloucestershire, within the civil parish of Prescott and the ecclesiastical parish of Winchcombe.
It is notable for its Norman church as well as 'The Cottage;' a 14th century house that was the home of Tom Rolt, the writer on canals and industrial archaeology.
The hamlet was mentioned in the Domesday Book, when it was referred to as "Stanlege".
The hamlet has a small church, whose dedication is unknown. The church was a possession of Hailes Abbey before the Dissolution. The original Norman structure was heavily restored by Thomas Collins in 1860-61. The chancel was rebuilt. The church is noted for its Late Norman north door, with chevron mouldings, and a Norman chancel arch, leaning outwards, also with chevron moulding. The nave roof was rebuilt in 1923-4 by Sir Philip Stott. The font is a Norman bowl, remodelled into an octagonal shape in the 14th century. Most of the furnishings in the church date to the 1860-1 restoration. By agreement among the parishioners, graves in the churchyard are not marked by headstones. A guide to the location of burials is provided within the church.
The Cottage is 14th century in origin, probably built as a priest's house by Hailes Abbey after 1387, when the abbey was granted the living of Toddington and Stanley Pontlarge. Massive cruck trusses survive in the attic. The exterior of the house is 16th century in appearance, although the windows may date to the restoration by Thomas Collins in 1873. The Cottage was bought in 1921 by Lionel Rolt, and became the home of the writers Tom and Sonia Rolt in the 1950s. The house, and life in the surrounding countryside, are described in detail in Rolt's two volumes of autobiography Landscape with machines and Landscape with figures. Tom Rolt is buried in the churchyard.
Stanley Pontlarge lies on the steep northern escarpment of the Cotswolds. The steep hillsides can appear bleak, but offer a superb view northwards to the Vale of Evesham. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a prominent feature of the landscape.
A variety of ugly agricultural structures and overhead wires were removed by the Landmark Trust in the 1970s.
Stanley Potlarge is a great retreat and centre for exploring the Cotswolds. Visit nearby Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle, or shop til you drop in the Regency town of cheltenham , under 7 miles away.
The famous Cheltenham racecourse, home of National hunt racing, is easily reached via the back lanes and is open for racing and many conferences and Festivals throughout the year.