Kingscote Park House is a resplendent, Grade II listed mansion house, with the heart of the property – an expansive farmhouse kitchen and informal dining area with a private kitchen courtyard - dating back 800 years. Over the years, Regency and Victorian additions have been made forming a stunning nine-bedroom holiday home sleeping 18, with five modern bathrooms and shower rooms, a cosy sitting room, a sun room, a library/TV room, a formal dining room and three open fires. All of this is set in 28 acres of private land, with formal gardens, an eight-sided labyrinth, woodland paths, a series of small lakes and parkland, plus public footpaths, including the Cotswold Way, right on the doorstep, and the village pub just steps away.
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As you walk along the path from the parking area to the front of Kingscote Park House be prepared for your senses to be amazed! The path winds passed and under tall, mature trees, through a small oriental garden to the front of the House where you’ll turn to face a beautiful, handsome property, with a wide, arched doorway, five tall windows (alluding to the high ceilings inside) and an exquisite terrace. This outer view of the House belies the even greater beauty inside where there’s enough space for 18 guests to comfortably spend a lifetime – whatever the season. From every direction, the house looks out across formal gardens, parkland, courtyards or water features – some 28 acres of beautifully tended land where no chemicals have been used for 25 years.
The current owner/custodian of the Matara Estate has dedicated much of the last 25 years to converting the 28 acres that surround the House from grassland to the beautiful gardens and parklands seen today. Half of the land has been set aside for rewilding and the creation of four major habitats where deciduous plants and wildlife are thriving and teeming with fauna and flora. To date, the staff at Matara have planted over 1,500 trees in the parkland. A private tour can be arranged – just ask the caretaker on your arrival.
Inside, the House is at once spacious, elegant, cosy and unique, with stunning artwork on the walls and beautiful rugs on the floors. Its nine double bedrooms are all individually furnished, and named, and lead off a landing long and wide enough for a king. From the Wurlitzer juke box to the Regency balcony, from the opulent bathrooms to the homely kitchen, and from the striking Sunroom to the remarkable Library and Sitting Room, guests will feel transported to another world as soon as they step inside.
The village of Kingscote has a fascinating history dating back to Roman times, as does the Kingscote family who had an unbroken line through seven centuries of landed gentry to the sister of William the Conqueror. Kingscote Park House is surrounded by fabulous Cotswold countryside with great walks and cycling routes on the doorstep. The House is just a few minutes’ walk to the local pub and about a 15-minute drive to the popular Cotswold towns of Tetbury, Nailsworth Wotton-under-Edge and Stroud, all offering an excellent variety of shops, restaurants and bars. Local attractions such as Newark Park (National Trust), Westonbirt Arboretum, Woodchester Mansion, Highgrove and Badminton are all within 15 minutes’ drive. (See ‘Local Amenities & Attractions’.)
- Sleeps 18 (+2) in 9 bedrooms across 7 double rooms (2 super-kings; 4 kings; 1 standard double; and 2 twin rooms (+ 2 on 2 single camp/Z-beds – on request)
- 5 bathrooms: 2 family bathrooms; 3 family shower rooms; 1 cloakroom
- Parking – unrestricted for all guests
- 28 acres of parkland, 11 formal gardens, a nascent labyrinth, woodland and a series of small lakes.
- 3 open fireplaces – logs and kindling supplied for guests’ first two fires
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryers x 3
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, fresh coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
- Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel
- Heating and hot water e.g. via central heating with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- 2 TVs: 1 in the kitchen/dining area; one in the library
- Bluetooth Bose speaker in the kitchen
- Dog friendly: max. 2 small/medium dogs (must be kept on a lead when outside)
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetieres, bakeware and tins, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), wide choice of type and size of saucepans, bread bin, bowl and stick blenders, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper.
- Ovens: 5-oven Aga and electric oven with induction hob
- Washing machine
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats all guests
- BBQ (gas – provided)
- In-house chef if required
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm. Full emergency exit instructions provided in each room.
Throughout the ground floor (excepting the Kitchen and Informal Dining Room which has stone flagstones) the floors are carpeted with sisal and beautiful Asian or Middle Eastern rugs.
Step through the beautiful arched doorway into the magnificent hallway, with a view along the entire length of the house to the Sun Room. A beautiful polished wooden floor is made cosy with thick rugs.
Bedroom 9 – Garland Room
Tucked away, to the side of the main entrance, is the Garland Room, so-called because of the beautiful full-length floral curtains forming a garland around the window. Furnished with handsome wooden sledge standard double bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, dressing table, armchair and full-length mirror. The decorative stone fireplace features two scallop shells, which form part of the Kingscote family crest and coat of arms.
Formal Dining Room
Just off the entrance hall is the dual-aspect Formal Dining Room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the parkland. Furnished with a long, double-width table to comfortably seat 20 guests, an antique sideboard and a large open fireplace with an impressively big mirror reflecting the light back into the room.
A cosy and inviting room with wide, Regency windows, providing a wonderful view out to the parkland. Sumptuously furnished with a four-seater sofa, three plump armchairs, a large footstool-table, plenty of reading lights and an open fire – the ideal place to curl up with a book or play a game.
The Sun Room
At the end of the hallway is the delightful Sun Room, with its primrose-yellow walls adding to the light and bright feel of this area. Two high-back armchairs provide the perfect seating to retreat with a good book chosen from the House library or enjoy a gentle breeze coming through the French windows which open out from the Sun Room to a patio and formal garden.
Tucked away at the far end of the House, just off the Sun Room, is the fabulous Library with a wall of shelves chock-full of books covering many genres, topics and tales. In the cupboards below the books are plenty of family games to keep everyone amused and behind a large corner cupboard is a smart TV. The Library has a large open fireplace and is furnished with a three-seater sofa, an armchair and a long window seat with lots of lovely cushions.
Off the main hallway is a wide passageway that leads to the oldest part of Kingscote House, evidenced by the original stone flooring. Head down three stone steps to the Kitchen, Informal Dining Room, Cloakroom, Utility Room, and a flight of stairs that leads to Bedroom 6-The Wisteria Room and a large Shower Room. (At the end of the passageway is a locked door behind which is the Matara office.)
Look out for the original Wurlitzer juke box in the passageway just outside the Kitchen.
As you step into the Kitchen, you’ll instantly feel the change in history, with the lower ceiling providing the evidence that you’re in the original part of the house, which dates back to the 13th Century. This beautifully cosy farmhouse kitchen with its rich yellow walls and seagrass blue units is fully equipped to cater for all who stay here, with a five-oven Aga and separate electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, double stone sink, and plenty of preparation surfaces, including a central island with an inset marble cutting board, knife rack and an overhead pots and pans rack. You can keep the cook company sitting on a comfy armchair next to the Aga or gaze out the window at the lily pond and private courtyard as you do the washing up.
Informal Dining Area
At the far end of the Kitchen is a large dining area – a delightful space that comfortably sits 16 around a large rectangular country-kitchen table. Two long windows with window seats and comfy cushions look out over the private courtyard patio. In addition, there are two armchairs, a sideboard, a small smart TV and a Bluetooth speaker.
The large Utility Room is accessed from two sides, via a door across the passageway from the Dining Area or from the parking area – handy for returning from walks with muddy boots and dogs and wet clothes. The Utility Room has a washing machine, dryer, sink and drying area.
On the opposite side of the passageway to the door into the Kitchen is the downstairs cloakroom. Open the door and climb up three stone steps to the throne-like toilet, with a washbasin and vanity unit behind the door.
Climb the beautiful stone staircase with its handmade iron spindles and mahogany handrail to the first-floor bedrooms and bath/shower rooms (listed as you come to them not by size):
Bedroom 1 – Rose Room
At the top of the stairs, the Rose Room overlooks the front of the house with a great view over the gravel courtyard to the mature parkland trees. The pale blue walls and rose prints gives a calming feel to this bedroom. Furnished with a king-size bed, armchair, the bedside chest of drawers, with reading lamps, two in-built wardrobes and an original (non-working) fireplace with a large guilt mirror above. (4.47 x 3.47m)
Sitting between Bedroom 1 and 2 and overlooking the front of the house, this bathroom features a claw foot bath with a hand shower, a corner cubicle shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2 – Black & White Room
This spacious and bright dual-aspect bedroom with its super-king size bed has views over the front and side of the House out to the extensive parkland beyond. Furnished with a wardrobe, bedside table and reading lights, an armchair, a velvet button-back chaise longue and two window seats – plenty of choice for sitting and relaxing while contemplating the views and the black and white Art Deco feel of this stunning room. (4.97 x 5.14m)
Bedroom 3 – Gold Room
A beautiful and opulently decorated room overlooking the parkland, with accents of gold and brass – hence the Gold Room! Furnished with a king-size bed on a striking brass bedstead, bedside tables and reading lamps, two armchairs, a gold velvet footstool and two large mirrors. (Wardrobe/hanging provided but not shown.) (5.00 x 4.17m)
Bedroom 4 – Highland Room
Overlooking the parkland to the side of the House, the Highland Bedroom is so-called because of the beautiful thistle curtains and tartan headboard and valence. Furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and unique ‘hare’ reading lamps, two handmade leather ‘bucket’ seats, a royal blue velvet chaise longue and two in-built wardrobes. This bedroom has an original Victorian fireplace (decorative only) and a collection of delightful paintings of ferns. (4.98 x 5.00m)
Bedroom 5 – Master Bedroom
The luxurious master bedroom features a fabulous super-king-size four poster bed and beautiful bay window with views to the parkland and beyond. It’s so spacious that this bedroom has, on occasion, been known to sleep nine bridesmaids alongside a bride… it’s that big! Furnished with a tallboy, two armchairs, a Regency-style sofa, a large desk (in the bay window), with a chair and lamp, a large chest of drawers with a mirror and an original (decorative) fireplace. Hanging space for guests in the Master Bedroom is available in the cupboard on the Landing outside the bedroom. (7.61 x 6.35m)
Directly beside the master bedroom, but also accessible to other guests, is the gorgeous green and pink main bathroom, featuring two parts: one with a freestanding, clawfoot bath tub, wash basin and armchair, and the other, through an archway, featuring a large walk-in shower, toilet, and heated towel rail and lovely views across the lower rooftops and kitchen courtyard with its serene lily pond.
It’s not often that a landing gets a separate mention. However, the landing at Kingscote Park House is almost eight metres long and three metres wide, with spectacular paintings and wall hangings and is so impressive it warrants a special mention! Children, big and small, will love the openness and space.
Family Shower Room
Open the door across the landing from Bedroom 4 and head down seven carpeted steps to this spacious and elegant Shower Room, with a large walk-in shower, toilet, wash basin, vanity unit and large mirror. An original window seat is the perfect spot to sit and dry off or place a towel and clothes.
Family Shower Room
Across the Landing from Bedroom 3 is a spacious Shower Room with an electric, walk-in corner shower, toilet, large wash basin with a mirror over, a table for personal items and a heated towel rail.
In the corner of the shower room is a door (with a lock) leading to six steps down to a landing that takes you to Bedroom 6, a large shower room and the stairs up to Bedrooms 7 and 8 – the two twin rooms in the attic. This ‘wing of the house can also be accessed from the ground floor via a staircase off the passageway to the Kitchen.
Bedroom 6 – Wisteria Room
Overlooking the kitchen courtyard and lily pond, with two window seats to enjoy the views, this bedroom, over the Kitchen, is tucked away from the main action of the other bedrooms. Perhaps the cosiest bedroom of them all due to its lower ceilings, a testimony to being in the original part of Kingscote Park House. The Wisteria Room is so-called because of the ancient wisteria that has trailed itself around the windows. The bedroom has a beautiful king-size bed with a golden velvet head- and footboard, bedside tables with reading lamps, a hand built desk and chair and two in-built wardrobes with shelves and hanging space. (4.61 x 4.4 m)
Family Shower Room
Cross the landing outside Bedroom 6 and you’ll find another spacious and elegant Shower Room, with a large corner shower, toilet, wash basin, vanity unit and large mirror. This Shower Room also has an original window seat – the perfect spot to sit and dry off or place a towel and clothes.
Head up the carpeted staircase, with a banister, to a small landing which sits between the two twin bedrooms tucked away in the converted loft. Both bedrooms feature the original, exposed A-frame timbers, and, unlike, many loft rooms, the ceilings are high enough so that all but the extremely tall won’t bump their heads on the beams!
Attic Twin Rooms
Bedroom 7 – Twin 1
Turn right at the top of the stairs to the first of the twin rooms with two standard-size single beds on handsome black, iron bedsteads each with a bedside table and lamp. The room has a storage cupboard, three comfy floor cushions, sisal carpeting and a Persian-style rug. There are great views from the dormer window (with blind) out over the roof tops of the other Matara Centre buildings and down to the kitchen courtyard below. (Note: the door off this bedroom leads to a private storeroom and is kept locked.) (4.88 x 4.52m)
Bedroom 8 – Twin 2
Turn left at the top of the stairs to the second of the twin rooms with two standard-size single beds on pretty, white iron bedsteads each with a bedside table and lamp. The room has a small corner cupboard for hanging clothes, a unique standing desk-cum dressing table with a mirror above, a Lloyd Loom armchair, sisal carpeting and a Persian-style rug. There are great views from the dormer window (with blind) out over the roof tops of the other Matara Centre buildings and down to the kitchen courtyard below. (4.88 x 4.52m)
Kingscote Park House sits on 28 acres of private, lovingly tended land where guests can enjoy several formal gardens, an eight-sided labyrinth, woodland paths, a series of small lakes and parkland, and public footpaths, including the Cotswold Way, right on the doorstep, and the village pub just steps away.
Directly outside the Kitchen is a beautiful, secluded courtyard garden with a lily pond, seating and BBQ – all for the private use of guests staying at Kingscote Park House.
To the side of the house is a beautiful lawn with plenty of seating where guests can sit and laze, have a picnic or set up more formal al fresco eating.
The owner/custodian of the Matara Estate has dedicated much of the last 25 years to converting the 28 acres that surround the House from grassland – once grazed by racehorses* to the beautiful gardens and parklands seen today. Half of the land has been set aside for rewilding and the creation of four major habitats where deciduous plants and wildlife are thriving and teeming with fauna and flora. To date, the staff at Matara have planted over 1,500 trees in the parkland. A private tour can be arranged – just ask the caretaker on your arrival. (*In 1820, Sir Thomas Henry Kingscote laid out a racecourse in the grounds, the round course was a mile and a half long with a straight run of six furlongs!)
Supermarkets and grocery shops
The nearest food shops are in Wotton-under-Edge (5 miles) where there is a small Tesco, a well-stocked Coop, two bakeries, a deli and a butcher. For larger supermarkets head to Tesco in Tetbury, Sainsbury’s in Dursley or Morrisons in Nailsworth – all only a 10-15-minute drive away. Alternatively, there is a Waitrose in Chipping Sodbury (13 miles).
Pubs / restaurants
It is just a few minutes’ walk to the local pub, Hunters Hall. For nearby alternatives, head by car or on foot to Kingcote Barn (1.5 miles), The Gumstool & The Conservatory at Calcott (2 miles), The Hog at Horsley (3 miles) or the Rose & Crown in Nympsfield (3.5 miles). Alternatively, the popular local towns of Tetbury, Nailsworth and Stroud have a wide variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants. (See the Nailsworth Guidebook at the end of the Welcome Guide for restaurant and pub details – also provided at the property.)
For something a little bit different, try the fabulous café at Thistledown Campsite at Nympsfield, serving fresh, home-made food inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine (much of which is vegetarian/vegan) using locally grown produce and a clay oven. The café is open Wednesday – Sunday for food, serving brunch and lunch throughout the year, with pizza evenings on Friday and Saturday nights from April – October. Just on the doorstep is Woodchester Mansion (see below), making it an ideal spot for a walk followed by a meal (4.5 miles).
Local cafés serving breakfasts/brunch/lunch:
The Edge Coffee Shop: 44 Long Street, Wotton-Under-Edge GL12 7BT. T: 01453 844108
Hobbs House Bakery: 4 George Street, Nailsworth GL6 0AG. T: 01453 839396.
Tortworth Farm Shop: Box Walk, Tortworth, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 8HF. T: 01454 261633
Wotton Farm Shop: Bradley Rd, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7DT. T: 01453 521546
Local Places to Visit
The Matara Estate – discover more about the estate by taking a guided tour. Contact the Estate’s caretaker for details.
Kingscote village has a fascinating history dating back to Roman times. It is also the place where Edward Jenner, the father of vaccination, landed a hydrogen filled balloon (aerostat) and met Catharine Kingscote who later became his wife. In 1691, the remains of a Roman villa were found in a field called the “Chestles,” just south-west of Kingscote. (You can read more about Roman the site and finds at Historic England – ref 1018607.)
Westonbirt Arboretum is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays (a 10-minute drive).
Owlpen Manor is a very beautiful Tudor manor with church, barn and mill with terraced gardens in a wonderful, wooded position (a 10-minute drive).
Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished Gothic masterpiece, abandoned in 1868 after 16 years of building which has been carefully preserved. The park has lovely woodland walks, lakes and ponds (a 15-minute drive).
The National Trust’s Newark Park is a Tudor hunting lodge with over 700 acres, the estate is a great place to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a walk (a 10-minute drive).
Highgrove House, the family residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, is situated southwest of Tetbury. The Highgrove Shop on the High Street in Tetbury sells sustainably sourced produce, handmade china, jewellery and organic food and drink (a 14-minute drive).
Barton End Equestrian Centre is a friendly riding centre set in the beautiful Cotswold countryside approved by both the BHS (British Horse Society) and the ABRS (Association of British Riding Schools), offering lessons, off-road, hacks training sessions and competitions with more than 40 horses and ponies (a 12-minute drive).
Antique and bric à brac shopping in Tetbury – renowned for its antique and bric a brac shops, the town centre also has several independent specialist food and clothing shops (a 10-minute drive).
The Walled Garden Nursery at Walnut Farm. A small horticultural nursery, producing and selling peat free, hardy perennials, cottage garden plants, herbs, alpines and roses – all grown on the farm. There is also an open studio with a gallery of botanical artworks. (A 10-minute walk – cross the A4135 and take the lane to the left-hand side of the pub.)
If you want to explore this beautiful area on two wheels but don’t know where to go, what better way to get out there than with a guided bike tour? Local company Wild Carrot Cycling specializes in unique half- or full-full day Cotswold cycling experiences. They offer a variety of bicycle options including the choice between manual bikes or electric step through’s or mountain bikes. Contact them at wildcarrot.co.uk
Walking & Cycling Guides
Wotton-under-EdgeWotton-under-Edge Circular Walk Westonbirt (Arboretum) Circular Walk Stinchcombe Hill Old Sodbury Hill Fort Circular Walk Little Sodbury Circular Walk
TetburyBadminton House - MWS Badminton (without stiles) Wotton-under-Edge - Circular Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury WOW Sodbury MWS (miles without stiles) Old Sodbury Circular Minchinghampton1-MWS
StroudStroud-Farmers-Market-MWS Minchinghampton-1-MWS Sir Stanley Tubbs-Stinchcombe-MWS Cam-long-Down-Circular-Walk
BathMWS-Winsley-Circle Bath-Circular-Walk Old-Sodbury-Circular-Walk MWS-Little Sodbury MWS-Marshfield Little-Solsbury-WWS
Kingscote Park House at Matara is just off the A4135, running between Tetbury and Wotton-under-Edge. Take the turn opposite the Hunters Hall Pub, signposted to Kingscote Village. Follow this small lane for approximately 100 metres and turn into the first driveway on the right-hand side. Park here and then follow the signs on foot to the front of the house.
A car is not essential for a short break, with Cam & Dursley Station only 7.5 miles away and taxis available from there. But if you are here to explore the area and visit the Cotswolds, a car is recommended.
The nearest train station is Cam, 7.5 miles away. Stroud station is 9.5 miles from the farm and Kemble station is 13 miles.
- The Pink Cab – Tetbury 07960 036003
- Cam & Dursley Taxis – 07475 313151
- Nailsworth Taxi Services – 07770 928046
There is parking for up to 8 cars in the car park adjacent to Kingscote House, the main Matara building. Additional parking is also available on request.