Cotswold Way - Stanway
J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, was a regular visitor to this lovely village on the Cotswold Way. He loved Stanway so much he donated the thatched cricket pavilion that rests on staddle stones in the centre of what is little more than a cluster of houses dominated Stanway House, an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house. Owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss. Stanway House is currently the home of Lord and Lady Neidpath. The Tracys, very unusually, claimed descent from Charlemagne, and were almost unique in England for having owned land (at nearby Toddington) since before the Norman Conquest. The estate consists of the Gatehouse, the church and 14th-century Tithe Barn, the water mill, the 18th-century water-garden (one of the finest in England), the specimen trees and avenues, the surrounding villages, farms, parkland and woodland – all subtly and harmoniously combine to create an enclave of very English and almost magical harmony. Thanks to its location, at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment, Stanway has been protected from many changes of the 20th century, but the last decade has seen the gradual restoration to its former glory of the 18th century watergarden, probably designed by the greatest of British landscape gardeners, Charles Bridgeman. The formal Canal, on a terrace above the house, the Cascade (the longest in England), the striking Pyramid and eight ponds have been reinstated, and a single-jet fountain, at 300 feet the highest fountain in Britain and the highest gravity fountain in the world, has been added. The Estate watermill has now been restored to full working condition. Powered by a 24ft diameter waterwheel, it is producing wholemeal and sifted flour from wheat grown on Stanway Estate.
A quick line to thank you, Steve and Greg for such an efficient service in transferring our bags during the first 4 days of walking the Cotswold Way last week.
K & D Spence
You gave us a great service on our recent trip along the Cotswold Way! We want to thank you most warmly for the efficient and helpful way you accomodated our alterations into the original booking for Carry...