As English as cucumber sandwiches

Dressed for dinner in honeyed stone, Cotswold Edge House is as English as summer cucumber sandwiches. It’s a study in Arts and Crafts splendour on the edge of the Cotswold hills. Play tennis and croquet in the nine-acre gardens, take tea on the lawn, dine in grand style, then load up the logs and wiggle your toes in front of the fire.

Steeped in sleepy Cotswolds splendour

Beneath sleepy Stinchcombe Hill, Cotswold Edge House stares proudly south-west out over the Cotswold escarpment towards the distant Black Mountains. Sleeping 17, it’s a place to gather and chill amid the Arts and Crafts splendour and nine acres of intricate patterned lawns, box hedging and terraces made for tea. Or just G and T.

As English as cucumber sandwiches on the lawn, Cotswold Edge House even provides the all-weather tennis court to make the picture of easy privilege complete. Play a set or two in the sunshine, retire to the orangery for a glass of Robinson’s, then dig out the stumps or the mallet and hoops.

Behind the mellow Cotswold stone, there’s plenty more scope for downtime. Fun for families or hens begins in the cinema and games room. Tuck into the full Sky package, set up your soundtrack on the Bose dock, or make your own music around the baby grand.

Cook or be catered for from the Rangemaster kitchen, then gather in the dining room to discuss your day, butter the bread and sip some wine. As the sun sets over the Severn Valley, raid the library, load up the logs and wiggle your toes in front of the flames. Whose turn is it to make the Nespresso?

Garden and grounds

Step into nine acres of Arts-and-Crafts beauty in the shape of sculpted box hedges, intricate patterned lawns and ornamental stonework, and walk back into another century. But don’t get too Victorian-formal. Cotswold Edge’s chilled-out spaces were made for shooting the breeze with a cold one and some smouldering coals.

Terracing here is made for al-fresco living. Follow the paths to find the stone patios, pour some Pimm’s and be mesmerised by the view of the rolling hills. Lawns here work well for cricket or croquet, for a teddy bears’ picnic, or simply for giddy somersaults and cartwheels.

Spice things up with a few sets of tennis on the all-weather court. Wander the landscaped lawns before lunch. Take afternoon tea on the grass. Cotswold Edge House is awfully civilised and oh-so-English.

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Living spaces

You’ll feel at home here. That’s if your home is a sprawling Cotswold country estate bursting with character, intricate mouldings, and Arts-and-Crafts detailing. It’s the perfect place for friends and family or hens to eat, drink and make merry amid the sleepy splendour.

Behind the mellow stonework and beneath the slate roof, the main reception room glows with the flickering flame of the homely woodburner. Children’s chairs sit side-by-side with generously sized squishy sofas, waiting for fingers to press play on Sky Q family flicks and to pass the popcorn.

Escape to raid the bookcases or to the playroom with small snooker table, board games and baby grand. Play a little ping-pong. Tinkle some tunes yourself, or set up the soundtrack to your stay on the Bose docking station. Get mindfully at peace in the pretty garden room. Or whistle up some wifi.

Cotswold Edge House is homely yet elegant, with three reception rooms that recall the finest hotels, where technology sits happily beside period grandeur. These are spaces to be waited on, to play murder-mystery games, to be manicured and pedicured, or just to chill with music and a book.

Cooking and dining

Dab hand in the kitchen? You’ll love the Rangemaster induction double oven. Get together around the kitchen table for croissants and juice or gather in the 17-seater dining room to dawdle deliciously over dinner. Butter the bread, pour the wine, let the happy chatter flow.

Prefer to leave it to the pros? Talk to us about special celebrations or fully catered breaks. We have celebrated chefs ready to step in to make memorable meals, then magically waft away the washing-up afterwards. You won’t even need to pour the Nespresso.

If you’re heading out for a beer and a bite, cheery pubs abound. The Old Spot in Dursley comes with low ceilings, beer garden, cask ales and hearty fare that includes buffalo mozzarella and wild-mushroom stroganoff. In Nympsfield, the Rose and Crown is good for slow-braised lamb, ale pies and locally reared steak.

For a more dressy meal, pop to the Gumstool at Calcot Manor for Cornish sea bream or Gloucester Old Spot. Stick on your sombrero and head to El Dorado in Dursley, or try The Wild Garlic at Nailsworth for Old Spot pork belly or chargrilled shorthorn ribeye.

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Bedrooms

There’s no shortage of sleeping space at Cotswold Edge House, with beds for 17 plus a couple of z-beds for family flexibility. Pick from seven bedrooms, each bursting with classic English charm. Wake, yawn, stretch and take in rolling views of the gardens, paddock and Cotswold escarpment beyond.

The master bedroom is a super king-size, while bedroom two is a king-size. Bedroom three comes with French-style twin beds and bedroom four is a double. Bedrooms five and six are king-sizes, while bedroom seven sleeps five excited kids or happy hens in three singles and a double.

You’ll share four bathrooms. The first offers a long soak in the tub bath, the second comes with a bath and shower head, and bathrooms three and four are stylish modern shower rooms.

Wherever you lay your head, you’ll enjoy deep, supportive mattresses, crisp linen and fresh country air that filters in through that open window. You’ll need a good reason to get up in the morning. Thank heavens you’re in the Cotswolds.

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What people say

What people say

"Amazing, wonderful house, perfect hosts and beautiful location. Stayed for two nights but will definitely come back for longer next time. Thank you!!" - Megan

Steam engines, castles and spas

Kids can play in the parkland or venture out for aquariums and zoos, museums and steam engines, and windsurfing or waterskiing. Grown-ups will be busy sampling bitters at Uley Brewery, catching the open-air theatre at Berkeley Castle, shopping at Cribbs Causeway, or being pampered and pedicured by Pink Orchid spa.

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