Escape to one of the most historical & romantic houses. Dating back to the fourteenth century, and reputedly the birthplace of Dick Whittington. Set in stunning gardens. Near the Cotswolds. Spa treatments, fly fishing, tennis, and lovely walks.
‘Elinor Fettiplace’ holiday let, combines rustic charm with modern luxuries.
It has one beautiful double bedroom with spectacular views of the Old Mill Pond and Leadon Valley.
Downstairs in this newly opened wing of the main house at Pauntley Court, Elinor Fettiplace self catering, has its own kitchen with breakfast table and a cosy sitting room with a wood burner.
There is a downstairs loo and at one end of the sitting room there is a dining table.
Upstairs there is a wonderful bathroom with a bath and walk in shower and underfloor heating, across the landing from your romantic bedroom with incredible views across the Leadon Valley. Super king sized bed with luxurious linen and heated blankets make for a perfect night’s sleep!
The accommodation is of very a very high standard and specification with a Nespresso Coffee machine, Roberts DAB radio, Digital flat screen TVs in sitting room and bedroom, huge bath and walk-in hower, fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and cooker, with views over the sunken garden and Leaden Valley beyond.
There is also a wide selection of DVDs and books to use while you stay in Elinor Fettiplace.
This accommodation is completely private and has its own separate entrance from the main house. There is ample parking in the main drive, a few metres from your front door.
Guests have complete freedom to walk within the extensive formal gardens and grounds of Pauntley Court, and also to some suggested walks through the surrounding countryside.
For those who like to cast the occasional fly, The Old Mill Pond is the main lake at Pauntley Court and is available for fly fishing of Rainbow and Brown trout.
There is a tennis court which guests are welcome to use. (Balls and rackets can be made available if required).
Ponies, pigs and chickens all live on the properly, along with Wilma the dog and Batman the cat!
You are greeted on arrival, helped with your luggage and shown around Elinor Fettiplace. We try to also give you your bearings on the gardens and surrounding countryside.
For your stay, we start you off with breakfast ingredients for two, in your fridge for the following morning. (Milk, bread, butter, eggs, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, tea, coffee etc..and Melissa will also provide you with a fresh homemade cake!)
We can help with suggestions and arrange in advance, any local restaurant bookings you may require over your stay with us. If required, we can also organise the best local taxi firms if you prefer not to drive.
Why not treat yourself to a relaxing massage while you are staying with us? Grania Naish uses the Neal’s Yard products that we provide in the bedroooms for you to try and she would be happy to come to your room or you could book an appointment with her in Malvern.
We are available to help with anything you need over your stay, but ensure that your privacy and solitude is kept to a level that is attentive to your needs and never intrusive.
House and Gardens:
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 a Dovecote, the Norman Church and the farmyard.
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 hornbeams 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.
Guest 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.
We want all our guests to relax and enjoy themselves, and would expect them to respect the house and gardens, as they would their own homes.
Due to number of animals that currently live at Pauntley Court already, we do not allow any other pets to stay here.
Pauntley Court is strictly a no smoking property.
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