The Local Area
At Court House Manor, we are very lucky to be situated right in the heart of Painswick, a stunning Cotswold town. With beautiful views across the Slad Valley to the east and plenty to explore in the town and beyond, Court House Manor is the perfect place to stay for a memorable countryside break. Below are some of our top recommendations for your stay.
In Painswick itself, there are a range of lovely local shops, making the town wonderful to have a wander around. The ACP Gallery has a great range of exhibitions throughout the year, hosting the Art Couture festival in July in St Mary's Church yard. The Patchwork Mouse serves delicious coffee and cakes, also offering visitors a chance to buy some local art & jewellery. The Royal Oak & The Falcon are perfect for a evening drink in cosy surroundings, and if you're looking for gifts to take back for loved ones, look no further than Meggies, found behind The Falcon.
Walking & the Outdoors
Painswick is exactly half way along the Cotswold Way, a fantastically scenic walk enjoyed by thousands every year. Head up to Painswick Beacon, where you can see views for miles, or if enjoying a peaceful garden is more up your street, head to Painswick's Rococo Gardens, where you can see snowdrops in bloom every January. Westonbirt Arboretum, with its vibrant Autumn colours, is only 35 minutes away.
For sport fans, catch a rugby match at Kingsholm Stadium, or enjoy a round of golf at Painswick Golf Club. Cheltenham Racecourse is home to one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, the Gold Cup, this year held March 14 - 17.
The countryside of the Cotswolds is home to some spectacular wildlife. Prinknash Abbey Bird & Deer Park has some splendid peacocks, and Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetland Trust gives visitors the chance to view the amazing migrations of thousands of birds.
If it's designer products that you are after, look no further than Bicester Village Designer Retail Outlet, where you can grab a real bargain. Cirencester is known for its quaint streets filled with independent shops, and Cheltenham is perfect for a morning of shopping followed by a well deserved lunch!
The Cotswolds are well known for their rich history - Gloucester Cathedral is breathtaking, with its vast stained glass windows, and the Corinium Museum in Cirencester has a wealth of Roman artefacts. Woodchester Mansion and Chedworth Roman Villa are also well worth a visit.