The fact that Pauntley Court is said to be the birthplace of Dick Whittington hints at its fascinating and illustrious history. Oozing English country house appeal and set in exquisite formal gardens, this fine, rose-hued, half-timbered property was the home of the Whittington family for more than 300 years.
Today, it’s owned by Mark and Melissa Hargreaves, who offer guests a choice of bed and breakfast accommodation in one of two elegantly appointed rooms; the option of booking the property for a private house party for up to eight guests; or a self-catering stay in a recently refurbished, self-contained wing.
The hamlet of Pauntley is located on the edge of the Cotswolds 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 Malverns are a magnet for walkers, whilst garden lovers will find a wealth of gardens and country estates to visit nearby, including Hampton Court and Hergest Croft. The nearby Three Counties Showground hosts a variety of events all year round. For foodies, dinner at the Michelin-starred Butcher’s Arms in Eldersfield is a must.
This magnificent house is part medieval and part Elizabethan, but with 18th century additions. Poet Laureate John Masefield, who grew up in the area, called it a ‘place of great beauty and strangeness’. The elegant interior retains a sense of country house grandeur, but still manages to be welcoming and relaxed.
As well as exploring the stunning gardens, guests can walk along the River Leadon, where it’s possible to spot otters and other wildlife. Why not try fishing for brown trout in the Old Mill Pond or make use of the tennis court? If you have your own horse and would like to take it along, stabling arrangements can be made.
Melissa provides tea and homemade cake for guests to enjoy in front of the roaring log fire in the panelled room, and also encourages guests to use the ballroom, with its grand piano and sofa, to relax, read and enjoy the views of the ruined garden. Two sets of French doors lead out into the gardens, where, on long, balmy summer days, you can lounge in the Bedoiun-style tent.
B&B accommodation is offered in the en suite Dick Whittington and John Masefield rooms, which can be set up as doubles or twins. Both have Hungarian goose down pillows and duvets; high quality linen and towels; homemade biscuits and other refreshments; discreetly positioned flat screen televisions; Nespresso coffee machines and DAB Roberts radios.
The self-catering wing has its own kitchen (complete with dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator and cooker); a cosy sitting room with a wood burner; a luxurious bathroom with a fabulous feature bath and separate, walk-in shower and underfloor heating; and a romantic double bedroom with a super king-sized bed and amazing views across the Leadon Valley. Completely private and with its own separate entrance, it is decorated and furnished to the same high standard as the rest of the house, but has a slightly more rustic feel.
B&B prices range from £125 to £140 per room per night, based on two people sharing.
To book Pauntley Court for a private house party, please contact Mark and Melissa to discuss your requirements. A home-cooked supper can be provided for an additional charge.
The Elinor Fettiplace self-catering wing is available from £130 per night, or from £750 per week.
Guests can enjoy a choice of either a full English breakfast – made using free range eggs from the resident hens and other locally sourced produce including award winning sausages – or smoked Hebridean trout with scrambled eggs.
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