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Romantic Self Catering Holiday Let For 2 People With Beautiful Views Of The Leadon Valley

Overview

Property

Updated: 30-Nov-2016
Cottage in Redmarley D'Abitot, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England - Privacy And Relaxation In The Heart Of The Countryside. 15 Minutes Drive From Ledbury Market Town

Pauntley Court and the 'Elinor Fettiplace', self-catering wing of the main house, must be one of the most enchanting houses in which to stay. It is said to be the birthplace of Dick Whittington, who travelled from here to become Lord Mayor of London. Pauntley Court has beautiful formal gardens and is situated in a stunning position. The mundane strains of the 21st Century seem to melt away as you first crest the hill and glimpse the house through the trees, safe in its private grounds. It is located within easy reach of the market towns of Newent and Ledbury, the spa towns of Malvern and Cheltenham and the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Hereford. The village of Pauntley is on the edge of the Cotswolds, two and half hours drive from London. House and Gardens. House History: Pauntley Court is believed to be the birthplace of Dick Whittington and was home to the Whittington family for nearly 300 years. It is half-timbered with three gables on the east side, part medieval, part Elizabethan and with an early 18th Century addition. Historians would find it almost impossible to completely unravel its many architectural threads. The Marquis of Somerset in the 17th Century wanted to build “a great house of stone” here but only foundations were laid. The Stokes family added on the ballroom in the early 18th-century and in the last century it was a working and somewhat dilapidated farm. Today, it is painted a pinkish earth colour, reflecting the iron-rich soil of the area, and curled around a central courtyard, it glows rosily in the evening sun, surrounded by munching cows and sheep. Its only neighbours are a Dovecote, the Norman Church and the farmyard. John Masefield, Poet Laureate, who grew up in the area, loved it and called it “a place of great beauty and strangeness”. He helped to raise funds for the house to become a Home for Wayfarers in the early 1930s. Gardens and surroundings: The formal gardens were created by Melissa’s mother Christine Skelding who has lived at Pauntley since 1990. There is a charming sheltered herb garden with a statue of Pan at its centre. To the south east of the house is the cloister garden planted with pleached hornbeam and two deep herbaceous borders. The sunken garden has 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. Views from the bedrooms are of 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. Guests can walk further afield to the surrounding land along side the River Leadon, where if you are lucky you might spot an otter or glimpse wild ducks landing on the lower ponds. If you have your fishing rod to hand, why not cast a fly into the Old Mill Pond, and see if you can hook a brown trout or two? There is a tennis court on the property that you are welcome to use, and for keen equestrians, we can also make special arrangements for stabling of a horse if required. Mark and Melissa Hargreaves would like to welcome you to their captivating family home.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

About the Owner

Married with a family of three children.

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Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A fantastic all round romantic holiday cottage with all the bells and whistles.we arrived to a home-made Victoria Sponge cake, and a freshly baked loaf of bread, Just wonderful, also eggs,bacon,butter and milk! which saved us from dashing to the shops so we could have that much needed cup of tea.

the cottage is stunning, and is situated in beautiful grounds with horses, chickens and even pot belly pigs, the bed is huge, and the log fire was amazing!

if your looking for a great place then this is it, look no further as we highly recommend! Not a bad word to say at all!"



"Melissa was easy to contact and extremely flexible about the dates of our stay. We felt really looked after; with home made bread, delicious cake and a enough food for two breakfasts. The house was absolutely stunning, we felt like we had been transported into another world! We had no ends of hot water, firewood and electric blankets to keep us toasty warm throughout the night. I highly recommend a visit!"
Apr 2014
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Location

From the Owner

Pauntley Court must be one of the most enchanting houses in which to stay. It is said to be the birthplace of Dick Whittington, who travelled from here to become Lord Mayor of London. Pauntley Court has beautiful formal gardens and is situated in a stunning position. The mundane strains of the 21st Century seem to melt away as you first crest the hill and glimpse the house through the trees, safe in its private grounds. It is located within easy reach of the market towns of Newent and Ledbury, the spa towns of Malvern and Cheltenham and the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Hereford. The village of Pauntley is on the edge of the Cotswolds, two and half hours drive from London. Mark and Melissa Hargreaves would like to welcome you to their captivating family home.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Birmingham at 58 Miles Nearest Barpub : Ledbury at 5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Holyhead at 120 Miles Nearest Golf : Ross on Wye at 8 Miles Nearest Train : Gloucester at 12 Miles Nearest Motorway : M50,M5 at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Butchers Arms Eldersfield at 4 Miles Nearest Ski : Gloucester dry ski at 12 Miles Nearest Beach : Gower Wales at 60 Kilometres

Travel:

Heathrow airport is 2 hours away by car. Birmingham airport is 1 hour away by car. Bristol airport is 1 hour away by car.

Distances:

Ledbury is 20 minutes away by car. Gloucester is 25 minutes away by car. Cheltenham Spa is 25 minutes away by car. Malvern is 25 minutes away by car. Hereford is 40 minutes away by car. Brimingham is an hour away by car. Bristol is an hour away by car. London is 2 and a half hours away by car.

Further Details:

Garden lovers should visit Sir Roy Strong’s The Laskett Garden, the finest formal garden to be laid out since the last war.

Walkers have May Hill and easy access to The Malverns, over 3,000 acres in which to walk and the charming and old fashioned Kettle Sings for lunch.

he Three Counties Showground hosts an annual gardening weekend in the Spring and its Royal Three Counties Show in June is very popular. There are further shows and events throughout the year.

Theatre goers will enjoy the Malvern Theatre’s programme and the Everyman in Cheltenham. Hellens, a manor house in Much Marcle has some lovely classical events in magical surroundings.

Foodies should experience dinner at The Butcher’s Arms Eldersfield, a Michelin starred restaurant in a rustic setting only 15 minutes away. Need to book in advance as it is so popular.

Visit Hereford Cathedral with its recently commissioned Thomas Traherne chapel. The nearby Castle Hotel has a pretty courtyard garden overlooking the River Wye.

Cheltenham is only half an hour away with a plethora of festivals from which to choose – jazz, literary, science and racing among them.

Eastnor Castle has a deer park and Goodrich Castle is a more windswept affair.

Symonds Yat provides day-long canoeing excursions and there are many pubs built along the banks of the River Wye.

Ledbury is a lively market town, full of friendly shopkeepers. Once a year it holds a poetry festival in July.

Gloucester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in the country and the burial place of royalty.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
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£750
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
50% deposit of total cost of stay to secure booking, made by BACS transfer into owners account at time of booking. Remaining balance paid 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. Cancellation policy - 100% refund if cancellation more than 4 weeks prior to arrival date. 50% of stay cost will be taken if cancelled within 4 weeks prior to stay.

Changeover Day:
Arrival time: 3.30pm
Departure time: 10.30am

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are excluding Christmas, New Year, Cheltenham Race Week, Easter and all Bank Holiday periods, where premium prices will be applied on application.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

From the Owner

History of the house: Pauntley Court is believed to be the birthplace of Dick Whittington and was home to the Whittington family for nearly 300 years. John Masefield Poet Laureate, who grew up in the area, loved it and called it “a place of great beauty and strangeness”. He helped to raise funds for the house to become a Home for Wayfarers in the early 1930s. Beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside to walk in. If you have your fishing rod to hand, why not cast a fly into the Old Mill Pond, and see if you can hook a brown trout or two? There is a tennis court on the property that you are welcome to use, and for keen equestrians, we can also make special arrangements for stabling of a horse if required.

Property Type

  • cottage

General

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Entertainment

  • Television

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Upstairs there is a wonderful bathroom with a bath and walk in shower and underfloor heating, with Neal's Yard toiletries for your use during your stay.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: At the top of the stairs is the romantic double bedroom with vaulted wooden beamed ceiling and has incredible views across the Leadon Valley. Super king sized bed with luxurious linen and heated blankets. Flat screened television, alarm clock, hair dryer

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden

Notes:

  • Outside: Access to a lake for fly fishing, a tennis court, and out door seating (table and chairs). Stroll in the formal gardens and walk in the surrounding countryside around the property. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. Towels at changed mid week of a 7 night stay.

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