Owlpen Manor stands at the head of its private wooded amphitheatre of hills, with a clutch of nine romantic holiday cottages straggling the spring-line along the Ewelme stream in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The Owlpen experience is entirely unique, offering space, privacy and ''timeless English beauty''.
The whole estate is a private hideaway which can accomodate up to 38 guests in a collection of listed historic buildings, honeymoon retreats and beautiful country cottages.
Ideal for group gatherings, weddings, hen parties, three-generation holidays and family get-togethers.
We can cater in the atmospheric Cyder House restaurant for prebooked groups of 15 people or more. The Cyder House is a listed historic building of the fifteenth century, with 'cruck' trusses. A gigantic oak cider press stands in the corner from 300 years ago, when cider feasts were held here. It is a stunning setting, furnished with portraits and arts and crafts furniture from the family collection.
The Manor cellars offer a good selection of reasonably-priced wines, especially French and Spanish regional wines. There are local ciders as well. In addition to formal dinners, the house can serve light lunches and traditional home-made cream teas from the beginning of May to early September. This adaptable room can be hired on an exclusive place for meetings, office parties, weddings and receptions, as well as for corporate entertaining.
The Cyder House Restaurant is fully licensed. Personal requirements can easily be accommodated with reasonable notice. Ask for copies of our suggested menus for group visits.
The exceptional cottages at Owlpen sleep from up to 38 people in 9 individual cottages on the estate.
The Cotswolds are one of England's best known touring regions of picturesque hills, limestone villages, 'wool' churches and wealth of scenic attractions. The magical deep wooded valleys around Owlpen form its most spectacular and characteristic scenery.
"Is this the most beautiful place in England?"--Fodor's Britain Guide
We can usually help you arrange any of the following:
-Maid service/extra cleaning
-Local day-trips or tours
-Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
The manor estate is in the 'Royal Triangle', set in the heart of the Cotswold Hills. The historic cities of Bath, Cheltenham, and Cirencester are all about 20 miles away with all their wealth of cultural and scenic attractions. Oxford, Blenheim Palace and Stratford-upon-Avon are popular day excursions. London is about 2 hours away. Heathrow Airport is a little closer.
Whether interested in the famous limestone villages of the Cotswolds, prehistoric barrows, quiet lanes, antique shops, walking, Norman churches, gardens, good food and drink, visiting friends, or more likely a combination of these, the choice is wide and guests will barely scratch the surface during their stay.
Apart from the Cotswolds and their wool towns and villages, other touring regions include the Berkeley Vale, the Forest of Dean, the Wye Valley, the Welsh Marches, the Malverns, and the Thames Valley.
Historic houses, besides the estate itself, include Berkeley Castle, Chavenage House, Dyrham Park and Sudeley Castle. Within walking distance is Woodchester Mansion, an unfinished masterpiece of the Victorian age. Tourist attractions include the American Museum at Claverton Manor and the Roman Baths at Bath, Gloucester Cathedral, Westonbirt Arboretum and the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge.
Gloucestershire is famous for its many gardens. They include Hidcote and Kiftsgate, Miserden Park, Painswick Rococo Garden, Rodmarton Manor, Barnsley House, Highgrove and Westbury-on-Severn. The house is the ideal base for the Horse Trials at Badminton and Gatcombe Park and for racing at Cheltenham.
The estate forms a wild and secret valley extending along the Ewelme stream under the Cotswold edge. It is accessible, yet far from the intrusion of public roads and the commercial farming of the Cotswold plateau. The extensive native beech woods are carpeted with bluebells in the spring. Richly varied walks lead the serious hiker or casual stroller over many miles of footpaths on the estate and beyond. Long-distance trails are well organised in the surrounding area of the Cotswolds.
Beyond the valley is an impressive group of archaeological sites. The Iron Age hill fort at Uley is the most impressive in the Cotswolds, commanding views over the Severn Vale to the mountains of Wales. Neolithic long barrows and Roman settlements lie on the hills. The estate and its neighbouring valleys form a haven rich in wildlife, with wildflowers in the fields, protected butterflies, deer and badgers, and a rich variety of habitat for bird-watching. Guests will not forget the fabled owls.
As well as a traditional West Country livestock, and farms producing home reared organic meat, this is a sporting estate perfect for all forms of country pursuits. There is fly fishing, and rough shooting and clay pigeon lessons can be arranged. Riding, gliding and golf (with three courses) are all a mile or two away. Many activities are organized by for corporate programmes or private parties. There is plenty of room for those who want none of these but want simply to breathe in the peace and utter seclusion of a timeless countryside.
The Manor is a mile east of Uley, off the B4066, at the small green past the Old Crown pub in Uley (just opposite the Church). Uley is a charming weaving village between Tetbury, Stroud (6 miles) and Dursley (3 miles west), signposted from the A 4135. The M5 Junctions 13 (north) and 14 (south) are a few minutes west: head for the B4066. The M4 is 12 miles south. Exit at Junction 18 and follow the A46 north in the direction of Stroud as far as the crossroads with the A4135. Then go west towards Dursley, turning second right after the Hunters' Hall pub in Kingscote down to village of Uley on B4066.
Other Things to Note
- The houses and cottages have a traditional feel and are the perfect escape to times of old.
- The manor house is said to be haunted by the spirit of Queen Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI. No-one has ever seen the ghost.
- Owlpen is about as remote as you can get from the twentieth century in southern England.
Please phone the estate office for group bookigns. Price and last minutes discounts available.
The Owlpen valley 'has long been recognised as one of the treasures of Cotswold scenery' (Country Life). It provides guests with an exclusive and relaxing hideaway, where the manor house and its little hamlet of cottages is surrounded by private woods and hills and many miles of walks--from a gentle stroll round the estate trails to a 20 mile trek along the Cotswold Way.
This is Laure Lee country, situated in the Royal Triangle in the heart of the Cotswolds hills, mystery land of deeply wooded hills and trackless combes. The historic cities of Bath, Cheltenham and Cirencester are all within an easy drive, as are the cultural and scenic attractions of Oxford, Blenheim and Stratford Upon Avon, which are popular day excursions. An ideal base for the Horse Trials at Badminton and Gatcombe Park and racing at Cheltenham. Westonbirt Arboretum and the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge are nearby.
Newark Park (National Trust) and Woodchester Mansion are three miles away, as well as many historic houses and gardens, including Berkeley Castle, Chavenage House, Sudeley Castle, and Highgroveâ€”if you can get in. The choice of attractions and things to see and do is huge and you will need to return many times to see and explore it all.
A romantic secluded valley at the edge of the Costwold hills.
A mystery land of deeply-wooded hills forming a wild and secret hideaway.
The valley is a haven rich in wildlife, a habitat for bird watching and rural walks. The Owlpen valley 'has long been recognised as one of the treasures of Cotswold scenery' (Country Life).