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GENERAL INFORMATION Name: Stanway House and Water Gardens Address: Stanway, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South-East Owner: Lord Neidpath Telephone: 01386.584469 Fax: 01386.584688 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: n.d. HISTORICAL DATA Period of construction: mainly 1580’s - 1630 For whom built: The Tracy family, who had owned land in Gloucestershire since before the norman conquest and claimed decent from Charlemagne. History: Given by Mercian magnates Odo and Todo to Tewkesbury abbey as it founding endowment, 715 A.d. Leased by the Abbott to Richard Tracy MP in February 1533 on the advice of Thomas Cromwell. On Tewkesbury dissolution (1538) the Lessor became the crown, from wich the Tracys probably acquired the freehold in the 1580s. In q771 Susan Tracy married Francis Charteris, Lord Elcho, son of the 7th Earl of Wemyss, and through her Stanway descended. ARCHITECTURAL AND ARTISTIC DATA Artistic and architectural data: Fodor's Guide 1998 called Stanway "As perfect and pretty a Cotswold
manor house as anyone is likely to see." It has changed hands only once in 1280 years, was built by the Tracy family who descended from Charlemagne and who - most unusually - owned land in Gloucestershire before the Norman conquest of 1066. Its peaceful Jacobean architecture and friendly, lived-in rooms, the beauty of the surrounding villages and parkland, and one of the finest water-gardens in England make a visit to Stanway unique and unforgettable. The architecture is traditional Cotswold and Jacobethan. The house itself, mainly constructed between 1590 and 1630, is an E-plan with no known architect and alterations at later dates: the result is exceptionally charming, organic, asymmetric and unplanned. The house sits beautifully in its pleasure grounds, parkland and village, and well-deserves the praise heaped on it by visitors. The 14th century Tithe Bam; the tall, gabled West Range of circa 1590; the South Range, fitted out as a royal apartment in the 1620s; the Gatehouse of the sure date (considered to be one of the architectural jewels of the Cotswolds); and the 1750 Pyramid are all in their own right exceptional, and form a harmonious whole. The only named architects are Francis Smith of Warwick, who modified doorways and windows in 1724; William Bum, who reorganised the domestic wing in 1859; and Detmar Blow, who structurally strengthened the house and added clever embellishments in 1913-1914. The golden politic limestone, known as Guiting yellow, from which the house is constructed is an extremely pleasing building material
PARK AND GARDENS Gardens and park: In the late 1720s a landscape architect of genius, possibly Charles Bridgeman, created
a formal landscaped garden - with a Canal (500 feet by 50 feet), the largest Cascade in Britain (623 feet long, 118 feet high); the Rockwork waterfall; the Pyramid Pond, an Upper Cascade and sinuous contour channel; a Grasswalk and walks on the hillside behind the house. Much of this was restored in 1998, and the restoration programme continues. The tall single jet fountain was also added in 1998. The parkland lying north and south of the landscaped garden contains beautiful avenues, clumps, lines, drifts, orchards and scattered individual trees and has been restored over the last seven years, with the replanting of vanished copses and hedges and over 1,000 parkland trees.
NEIGHBORHOOD An extensive network of footpaths serves the surrounding area where there are fine woodland on the Cotswold escarpment, alsoBeckbury Iron Age camp, Hailes Abbey and the charming villages of Wood Stanway, Didbrook, Hailes and Stanton. VISITS V House V Garden Opening times: July and August, Tuesday and Thursday, from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. Admission prices: House and Garden: adults 3.50 £ - child 1.00 £ Garden only: adults 2.50 £ - child 50 p Guided tours: private tours by arrangement minimum number 20 people. Prices available on request.
V Facilities for the disabled: none COMMERCIAL SERVICES Book shop and Gift shop
Restaurant (capacity … people) Buffet (capacity …. people): V Weddings: tithe barn - capacity 150 people. V Film and photographic location: yes Guest rooms in the House Hotels in the neighbourhood: Other information: CULTURAL ACTIVITIES Cultural events Exhibitions. Concerts. Meetings /Conferences Photography: Inside V Outside Sports: Tennis, Croquet, Putting, Golf courses nearby. Other: many nice walks on the estate. NEWS None OTHER INFORMATION None LOCATION By car: 1 mile off B4632 Cheltenham – Broadway Road on B4077 Toddington-Stow-on-the- World road. By railway: Cheltenham: 12 miles – Moreton-in-Marsh: 15 miles
By plane: Heathrow airport: 88 miles – Bristol Airport: 69 miles.