Court House Manor is a stunning Grade I listed country residence located in the beautiful village of Painswick in Gloucestershire, in the heart of the Cotswolds. Set in four acres of private landscaped grounds the house is steeped in history, and has previously hosted many eminent figures including King Charles I who stayed at the property during the Siege of Gloucester in 1643. Court House Manor as it stands today dates back to the 16th century, however it has a long and illustrious history dating back as early as 1050 when the first lord was registered here. The property’s fascinating history as Painswick’s Court House meant that not only did the lord of the manor live here, but also justice was served and prisoners held, with the old court room still evident with its grand fireplace and imposing wood panelled walls. The house has been extensively and lovingly restored by the current owners to the luxurious home it is today, with beautiful original features combined with opulent interiors to create one of the most chic and stylish properties in this most beautiful of regions.
Approached through large iron gates and a sweeping driveway, Court House Manor offers an oasis of tranquillity just moments from Painswick’s idyllic high street, with fine dining restaurants, quaint shops and traditional country inns all within walking distance. Painswick’s reputation as “Queen of the Cotswolds” is well deserved, with mellow honey coloured stone buildings (unusually large for the Cotswolds due to the town’s affluent resident wool merchants in years gone by) and pretty cobbled streets, with beautiful walks through open countryside right from your doorstep. The pretty St Mary’s Church is located next to the Manor (with private gated access), with ninety-nine beautiful manicured yew trees it is a stunning sight, and it is said the ghost of King Charles I and his men in suits of armour still haunt the grounds to this day.
As one of the UK’s most exclusive private residences, you can expect only the highest standards of accommodation and service at Court House Manor, with housekeeping and breakfast included as standard, and the option to rent on a fully catered and staffed basis with a private chef at your disposal. The beautiful interiors offer elegance and opulence in abundance, with an enviable collection of fine art, antique furniture and exquisite ornaments.
The magnificent Court Room is full of opulence and grandeur, with a fabulous hand carved fireplace dating back to the 16th century and wood panelled walls creating a wonderfully cosy feel. The elegant crystal chandelier and sumptuous furnishings make this room a wonderful place to relax in pure luxury with your nearest and dearest, and perhaps enjoy a pre-dinner drinks reception overlooking the beautiful grounds. A “secret” door in the wood panelling reveals a staircase to the vaulted games room, complete with a snooker table and its own bar, ice machine, surround sound system, and large flat screen TV with seating.
There is a further stylish lounge on the ground floor, with plentiful comfortable seating and a large flat screen television complete with Sky TV and 3D movies to help keep the whole family entertained. The library is the perfect place to curl up with a book in front of the roaring fire, or savour conversation long into the night over a glass of vintage port.
The beautiful kitchen is wonderfully equipped to make catering for larger groups a breeze, with gas and induction hobs, three ovens, three fridge-freezers and an ice and water machine. The granite worktops and soft grey colour tones continue the stylish theme throughout this stunning property, and there is a large breakfast table seating up to 8 guests for informal dining.
There is also a magnificent dining room, full of atmosphere and steeped in history with an ancient oak table, character windows and original wood panelled walls and beams. This lavish room can seat 16 guests comfortably, and is a wonderful setting for memorable meals. Whilst you are welcome to cater for yourself at this property, we can of course arrange any staffing you may require, such as a private chef, waiter or butler service or a drinks waiter, enabling you to relax and enjoy your precious time as much as possible. If you rent the property on a catered basis, you have access to a second dining room able to seat 22 guests comfortably and also a staffed additional bar area.
The 11 luxurious bedrooms at Court House Manor are all individually designed and beautifully furnished, with supremely comfortable mattresses, luxurious bed linen and beautiful en-suite or private bathrooms. All of the bedrooms benefit from satellite tv, wifi, tea and coffee making facilities, ironing amenities and hairdryers, along with soft fluffy towels and premium toiletries. The rooms vary in size and are full of character, some are built into the eaves and many offer beautiful original fire places and far reaching views across the grounds and countryside beyond. One of the bedrooms is located in the Hamlet suite, a self contained duplex suite located a few yards from the main house, with a downstairs kitchenette, shower room and a double bedroom upstairs. There are 8 bedrooms in total in the main Court House, which can be rented on its own to accommodate up to 16 guests.
A separate wing “Courtside” can also be booked in conjunction with Court House Manor to accommodate an additional 6 guests in 3 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. Please do note that when only Court House Manor is reserved, there may be other guests staying in Courtside, however they will remain entirely separate with a private entrance and driveway, with no access to Court House Manor, its facilities or grounds.
The grounds at Court House Manor extend over 4 acres, with manicured lawns, formal gardens, croquet lawn and a sun terrace with a heated outdoor plunge pool affording beautiful views over the Slad Valley. There is also a gym equipped with a treadmill, weights and a television.
There are a plethora of activities available nearby, from traditional country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, golf and horse riding to hot air ballooning and off road driving. The Cotswolds has an abundance of places to visit, from the regency spa town of Cheltenham with its world famous horse racing, literary and music festivals to the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford Upon Avon, and renowned idyllic Cotswolds towns of Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water and Broadway.
Court House Manor also makes a wonderful choice for wedding receptions, with up to 150 guests being able to attend a marquee reception in the grounds. The property’s beautiful location next to St Mary’s Church means you won’t have far to travel after your ceremony, or if you prefer to hold a civil ceremony there are a number of delightful venues nearby and we can assist with any transportation you may require. Court House Manor only holds a select few weddings each year so please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.
To stay at Court House Manor is to experience the very best in traditional English country living, and whether you are looking for a beautiful home to enjoy with your closest family or planning a special celebration, wedding, corporate event or product launch, you are sure to find no finer place than Court House Manor.