Set beside a giant copper beech tree, the Regency-period Lodge is the original gatehouse to Kingscote Park House located on the beautiful, 28-acre Matara Estate in Kingscote village in the South Cotswolds. The Lodge has been cleverly converted into the perfect cottage hideaway and features a dramatic, double-height, open-plan living area, with a king-size bed to one side, a fully equipped kitchenette and dining area, and separate bathroom with luxurious jacuzzi tub and rain shower.
The Lodge has its own private garden as well as access to Matara’s 28 acres of parklands, formal gardens and woodlands, with public footpaths, including the Cotswold Way, right on the doorstep, and the village pub just steps away.
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- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - x2
- Travel Cot - x1 (on request)
- High Chair - x1 on request
- Bedding & towels
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The Lodge is the original gatehouse to Kingscote House, a beautiful 9-bedroom mansion with an 800-year history. From the outside, the Lodge looks quite petite, but step inside and you’ll be amazed by its spaciousness. The vaulted ceiling, painted a stunning royal blue, windows in all directions, a fantastically big porthole in the bathroom, and gorgeous Regency window to sit at while working or reading make the Lodge light, bright and feel far bigger than its 41 beautiful square metres!
The Lodge has a small, private garden and seating area while all around are the gardens and parkland which Geoffrey, the owner/custodian of the Matara Estate, has dedicated much of the last 25 years to converting 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.
Inside the Lodge is an open plan living-dining-kitchen and bedroom area. Head through a door immediately off the bedroom into a private bathroom with a Jacuzzi-style bath and rain shower and magical view out to the gardens through an enormous porthole window.
The Matara Estate is in the village of Kingscote and includes 28 acres of woodland and parkland that guests are free to explore. (To fully appreciate the surroundings, guests can book private guided tours of the Estate.) The Lodge is just a few minutes’ walk to the local pub and about a 15-minute drive to the popular local Cotswold towns of Tetbury, Nailsworth and Stroud, all offering an excellent variety of shops, restaurants and bars. Local attractions such as Newark Park (National Trust), Westonbirt Arboretum, Woodchester Mansion and Highgrove and Badminton are all within 15 minutes’ drive. (See ‘Local Amenities & Attractions’.)
- Sleeps 2 in 1 king-size bed
- 1 bathroom: Jacuzzi bath with over bath rain shower head
- Parking for 2 cars
- Private garden plus 28 acres of Matara Estate to explore
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x1
- 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 – underfloor heating throughout. Hot water on demand.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- Library of books
- Dog friendly (max 1 small/medium dog)
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans.
- Washer/dryer machine
- Ironing board and iron
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair/travel cot provided on request
- Outdoor seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 2
- BBQ (gas – provided)
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
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Step through the front door into the living area and your gaze will instantly be drawn up to the dramatic, double-height ceiling with exposed timbers and deep royal blue paintwork. To one side is a desk with chair placed perfectly to gaze through the multi-paned Regency window or reach over to the wide selection of books on the adjacent bookcase. A sink-in, super comfy, three-seater sofa sits the length of the living area with a smart TV directly opposite.
The fully equipped kitchenette features an electric oven and four-ring gas hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer, double sink (looking out to the garden) and plenty of units for storing all the essentials and preparing homecooked food.
Alongside the kitchen area is a large circular table that comfortably seats two guests.
Slightly off-set from the main living area is a king-size bed placed located under a large Velux window (with fitted blind) – a wonderful place to lie and gaze at the trees swaying above or at the stars on a clear night. To either side of the bed is a bedside table with reading light.
Between the Bedroom Area and Bathroom are two built-in cupboards: one for hanging clothes, the other for cleaning/ironing equipment.
Step through a door into the luxurious bathroom, with its huge porthole window through which you can see the leafy garden beyond. The bathroom has a full-size, Jacuzzi-style spa bath with an over-bath rain showerhead, washbasin with vanity unit and mirror, a WC and heated towel rail.
The flooring throughout the Lodge is beautiful, polished Cotswold stone, with underfloor heating and cosy rugs for extra comfort.
The gatehouse has its own private garden as well as access to 28 acres of parklands, formal gardens and woodlands, with public footpaths right on the doorstep leading out to the Cotswold Way and some fabulous walking in the wider Cotswolds.
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
The Lodge at Matara is just off the A4135 that runs 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 second driveway on the right-hand side. You have arrived at the Lodge situated to your right-hand side. Please park in the parking space beside the property. If you have two cars, park the second car in the Matara car park, which you will have passed on the right-hand side as you turned off the A4135.
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 a car park space for one car adjacent to the Lodge. Further parking is available in the car park adjacent to Kingscote House, the main Matara building.