Elinor Fettiplace at Pauntley Court is an enchanting house in which to stay, situated in a stunning position overlooking the glorious Gloucestershire countryside. Poet Laureate, John Masefield described Pauntley Court as ‘a place of great beauty and strangeness’. Dating back to 1300’s, this wing of the main house has kept its original features and provides accommodation across two floors with a beautiful double bedroom keeping a balance between the natural rustic features of the building without losing any of the high quality modern conveniences one would expect. Pauntley Court is steeped in history, being the birthplace of Dick Whittington who travelled from Pauntley to become Lord Mayor of London four times over, and Elinor Fettiplace soaks up the magical atmosphere that pervades this small estate.
Guests are welcome to enjoy the wonderful access to the main formal gardens at Pauntley Court. There is a charming walled garden with a statue of Pan at its centre and also a cloister garden planted with pleached hornbeams and two deep herbaceous borders. The sunken garden has an ornamental pond surrounded by beds of tulips, alliums and roses, bordered by box and lovely oak balustrading created by a local craftsman. Quinces and medlars help to enhance the Elizabethan feel. At the back of the main house is the ruin garden, where foundations of a great house planned by the Somerset family have been planted in yew. The garden uses stone and local bricks in an artistic manner, which might provide owners of gardens with inspiration and which ensure, even in winter, the garden has an elegant bone structure.
Located in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside and within easy reach of the market towns of Newent and Ledbury, the spa towns of Malvern and Cheltenham and the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Tewkesbury Abbey. The village of Pauntley is close to the Cotswolds and yet provides access to other wonderful walking areas including the Malvern Hills.
If you want to come with friends, why not also book The Dovecote next door which sleeps four.
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"We stayed three nights and I cannot recommend the place highly enough. It had everything we needed for a short stay, the car park was very close and the views were of the rolling Devonish countryside. We were literally less than 5 minutes drive from 2 Supermarkets and the Park & Ride for Dartmouth. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed to cook as well as a small selection of helpful key essentials (tea, coffee, cooking oil, salt/ pepper, washing liquid, etc. As a family we like to explore and stay somewhere different. In this case we'd make an exception."
"Brilliant location, lovely out door space for kids to play, spotless chalet would definitely go again!"
"Thank you Gemma for hosting us in your lovely chalet - a short drive into Dartmouth and a fantastic view of the River Dart estuary. Beds all very comfy and a pleasant surprise that it can sleep 6! Great value! Many thanks!"
"Very clean, neat and tidy! Great location and value for money."
"What a wonderful cottage. Tastefully decorated and everything you need"