High spirits in the haunt of kings combined with zen-like spa

Spot the ghost of King Charles I. Gaze at the stars from the hot tub. Take time to relax on the terraces or enjoy a dip in the pool. Explore Painswick, Queen of the Cotswolds. Spirits will soar in the haunt of kings.

A right royal time

Have a right royal time in Painswick, the jewel in the Cotswolds’ crown. Sleep in the very same room as King Charles I during the 1643 Siege of Gloucester. Then check the grounds for his oft-spotted ghost.

You’ll feel like royalty in this sprawling palace. Feast like a king in the panelled dining room with space for 20. Catch a movie – maybe ‘Cromwell’ – in the huge sitting room with 3D satellite TV. Civil war over the movie choice? Plan your rebellion in the Courtroom in front of log burning fires with a good book and a long drink.

Need to get battle-ready? Hit the gym with running machine, weights, cross trainer and flat-screen TV. For pure magic and mystery, take the hidden door to the original stone staircase to the vaulted games room complete with full-size snooker table, TV and bar area.

Alternatively, the show-off little sister, is the additional accommodation within the grounds of the lavish Court House manor providing a boutique hotel-like beauty.

The spa area, screened by high private hedging and pergola, the Jacuzzi, loungers, outdoor furniture and deck create a zen-like presence. So bring your meditation cushion. Or just a cold, fruity cocktail.

The spiritual calm continues with The Green Retreat. Sleep with the doors opening directly onto the garden, spend too long in the luxury shower, cook in the self-contained kitchen. Stretch back with Netflix and be a couple once more. Finally, The Barn comes dressed in subtle hues of blue, with glorious bathroom, TV and pamper-perfect beds.

In The Stables, you’ll chuck your logs in the woodburner, luxuriate in the freestanding bedroom tub, and dilly-dally forever in the lovely rainshower. Cook on the range, eat all together around the extending table, watch Netflix in bed, hire bikes on site, revel in the dizzy opulence of the furnishings, vow to hide on departure day.

Pool, Spa, Gardens and Grounds

The Court House has four acres of landscaped gardens, including sun terraces and patio areas. From the sun traps to the stunning views every aspect of this beautiful country estate is designed with luxury in mind.

There is an intimate decking area complete with a large fire pit, covered outdoor heated pool that’s open all year and BBQ area, the perfect place to spend a summer evening.

Eat out on the terrace by the Stables beneath the awnings and the giant Cotswold skies, top up your wine, consider another dip in the hot tub.

And why not? There’s a zen-like, spiritual calm to the high-hedged, pergola-covered spa area. You might not find the meaning of life among the bubbling waters of the hot tub or soaking up the sun on the day beds, but you’ll have fun chinwagging over a glass of fizz in delightful surroundings.

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Living Spaces

The huge family sitting room at The Court House has a large 3D TV and Satellite channels. The second sitting room is warmed by a large open fireplace, perfect for gathering around with friends and family. If you need to do a spot of work during your visit there is also an office space within this grand sitting room.

In the oldest part of the house you’ll discover the magnificent Courtroom. With original 16th century fireplace and panelled walls, there are large sofas encircling the fireplace, giving everyone space to spread out and relax. A hidden door leads down an original stone staircase to a vaulted games room with full length snooker table, large flat screen TV and bar area, ideal for boys night and for keeping the children happy.

Plenty space for lazing and lounging, and in some comfort. The Court House Stables spaces follow the same pattern of rich, sumptuous luxury. All three buildings ladle on the glitz and bling, with studded fabrics, leather sofas, gilt mirrors and oodles of chrome. TVs in The Stables can be found in the bedrooms. Instead, centre-stage in The Stables’ living area is a woodburner (who needs a Firestick?). There’s high-speed internet for dipping into your devices.

The Barn living room is a snug space with an opulent feel. Settle down with fizz and popcorn for an evening of Netflix or Prime in front of the large-screen wall TV. The Green Retreat offers a cosy sofa and large-screen TV to snuggle in front of.

Cooking and Dining

There is a large and fully equipped kitchen at The Court House, as well as a chef’s table, which makes cooking and chatting just perfect in the heart of the house at this country estate. Enjoy a delicious evening meal in the wood panelled dining room. There is an impressive dining table seating up to eighteen guests for celebratory dinners and hearty lunches. For breakfast there is lots of space for everyone in the kitchen.

You’ll get everyone around the extending table in The Stables for sociable suppers. Otherwise, The Barn and Spa seats four and the Green Retreat two, around an intimate small table designed for gazing into each other’s eyes. Cook on gas range cookers with electric fan ovens in the Stables and Barn, and the electric oven and hob in the Retreat. Eating al-fresco? The Stables brings the inside out, with a decked, split-level courtyard terrace roofed by giant awnings. Get together, eat, drink fizz, be merry.

Looking for a special meal without any fuss? Our highly rated chefs will prepare a celebratory meal to order, all cooked and cleared out of the way. Once the plates are cleared, they’ll leave you to enjoy the rest of the evening.

Eat out at The Falcon, overlooking the church, or The Oak, serving real ale, cider and locally sourced grub in a traditional country-pub setting with a beer garden. Or call in at The Waypoint at the golf club for dry-aged longhorn beef, aromatic duck or torched buffalo chicken.

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Bedrooms

In the main house, there are eleven individually designed bedrooms to choose from, each decadent in style and luxurious in feel.

All bedrooms have either Double, King or Super King beds. One of the bedrooms also have a pull-out sofa, which provides added space for two more guests.

All bedrooms are en-suites except one, which has a private bathroom.

The Stables provides three sumptuous bedrooms. The Hayloft comes with kingsize bed, romantic garden entrance room and en-suite shower room. The Saddle is a larger, light-filled room with a super-king bed and en-suite shower room. The Velux window comes with electric blind. The romantic Bridle offers a super-king with clawfoot bath.

The Barn and Spa has two bedrooms, one a super-king and the other a twin that can also work as a kingsize, thanks to the wonders of zip-and-link. You’ll share a large bathroom and additional shower room.

The Green Retreat is a lovers’ den with a super-king bed. Slide open the patio doors at the foot of the bed and slip out to the courtyard garden to launch your Cotswolds day with hot coffee and buttered croissants.

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What people say

What people say

"Painswick in the Cotswolds is restyling itself as the London fashion set’s hip country outpost" - Anna Tyzack, The Telegraph
"Each room tells a tale of its own. It's a house full of history, with everything you could want for." - Maria

Balloons, Bollinger and a beautiful village

Party hard among the Cotswolds hills. Potter round the village, hire a classic car, see it all from the skies in a hot-air balloon. Look out for film stars and super models down the shops. Eat and drink like a king at Michelin-starred restaurants and wisteria-clad pubs.

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