"A place of great beauty and strangeness" - John Masefield, Poet Laureate. Believed to be the birthplace of Dick Whittington, Pauntley Court is magical, quite the most romantic and luxurious bed and breakfast home. Steeped in history, boasting its own dovecote, mill house, Norman church and trout pond, and set in a valley of unimaginable beauty with views towards the distant Cotswold hills, Pauntley Court offers guests an opportunity to stay in a place of rare beauty, high romance and utter tranquillity.
Having taken over the house from her mother, who created the breathtaking formal gardens, Melissa, her husband, Mark and their three children (now at boarding school) have lived at Pauntley Court since 2008. With ponies, Flotsam and Jetsam, the Kune Kune pigs , chickens, Batman the cat, and Wilma the terrier, this is a quintessential English family home with a difference. Melissa has thought of everything to ensure the most luxurious stay.
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Wonderful frescos lead to Dick Whittington×
Dick Whittington - comfortably luxurious and luxuriously comfortable×
Dick Whittington: Beautifully appointed bathroom×
A warm welcome×
Wonderfully comfortable guest sitting room×
Delicious breakfast in the Garden Rom×
John Masefield - peace and luxury×
John Masefield - lovely bathroom×
A half-timbered house, part medieval, part Elizabethan and with an early 18th Century addition, Pauntley Court is now painted a pinkish earth colour, reflecting the iron-rich soil of the area. Wrapped around a central courtyard and surrounded by a series of fascinating formal gardens, the house glows in the evening sun, surrounded by tranquil meadows filled with cows and sheep.
The romantically named bedroom suites, Dick Whittington and John Masefield, are in the 18th Century part of the house, filled with light and with views of the surrounding gardens and valley below.
Inhouse cuisine: Breakfast is entirely at the guests’ discretion – full English breakfast with locally sourced bacon and sausages, homelaid eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms, porridge, a choice of cereals, natural yoghurt, homemade jams and marmalades, fresh fruit and fruit juice, toast. Pauntley Courts' profusion of fruit trees also produce some exotic options for 'juice of the day'.
With advance notice, Melissa is able to offer evening meals. A simple but delicious home-cooked supper, such as a luxury fish pie or chicken pie followed by bread and butter pudding or apple & blackberry crumble, will be served to you in the ballroom. (2 courses at £35 per head or 2 courses & a cheese board at £40 per head.)
Eating out: With a Michelin starred pub only six miles away and a choice of dining options in Ledbury, Melissa will be delighted to recommend and even book you a taxi to take you there and back.
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There is little left of the 'village' of Pauntley. Pauntley Court, its Norman church, dovecote, mill house and trout pond sit in splendid isolation with views across the Leadon valley and towards the Cotswold hills. Perched on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire/Worcestershire borders, Pauntley nestles in a much admired but little known corner of England.
On the map: Just south of the M50 to Ross on Wye and a mere 30 minutes from Cheltenham, home of National Hunt racing and the festival capital of England.
By car: A two and a half hour drive from London, thirty minutes from Cheltenham and perfectly placed for the cathedrals of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester.
By train: From London Euston to Ledbury, then taxi, a journey of 8 miles or 20 minutes.
By air: To Bristol Airport, then hire a car for a journey of 54 miles or an hour and 20 minutes.
From £125.00 per room per night, double occupancy, and including homemade cake and tea on arrival and a full English breakfast.
From £125.00 to £140.00 per room per night, double occupancy, including tea with homemade cake and a full English or continental breakfast. Special rates are available for stays of four nights or longer.
For Single Occupancy
Subject to availability, single occupancy rates are available on request.
From Easter through to 31 October, we offer a minimum of two nights stay. However, we may occasionally have availability for one night (with a surcharge of £10.00 per room) so do contact us just in case.
To confirm the booking, we require a £50.00 deposit per room by cheque or electronic transfer. The balance to be paid before departure by cash. If you have to cancel your booking within 14 days prior to your arrival, we will retain your deposit unless we are able to re-let your room. Please be aware we take payment by cash on departure or pre-payment prior to arrival by bank transfer.
We advise guests to take out appropriate travel insurance in the event of cancellation.
Evening meals may be available on request and with prior notice.
Arrival time: After 4.30pm
Departure time: By 10.30am
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