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Stancombe | Dursley, Gloucester GL11 6AU, England   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Spectacular Grounds. Wonderful vacation rental on 300 acre estate all to yourself. Wonderful gardens and stone tunnels with statuary. On a pond. Go with someone you love and want to create some memories with. It really is a magical experience for two.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Mrs Y and I celebrated our honeymoon at the Temple and stayed for 4 nights.

Dave the Sat Nav had a bit of a nightmare trying to find the place but we had a good look round the country lanes.

The directions from Nic were spot on down to the T (an in joke if you'll get when you visit) it was a long drive down a winding land and we arrived at the back of the Temple. Down some steps and we were at the entrance with the lake to one side. An impressive view a table and chairs were on the sunny patio.

Opening the door and stepping into the Temple brough smiles to our faces with a wide long room in front and a variety of alcoves hiding toilet, bed, kitchen, wardrobe and shower room.

The kitchen was small but fantastically equipped and stocked - milk, coffee, tea, cereal, biscuits, oil, ketchup, white and red wine, bubbly, beers, bacon sausage, eggs, and bread were all available plus decanters with Gin, Vodka, Whisky and Brandy - such a shame we'd been to stock up at Sainbury's in Dursley. Looking round there was a BBQ, charcoal, and firelighters everything seemed to have been thought of ! A quick drop off of the bags and shopping and we were out.
What to do first - let's have a tour of the grounds beautifully sculptured and planted grounds led us round paths up steps and down in dark tunnels ! The tunnels were great just dark enough to have you on edge and light enough for you to smirk at the statue of a dog that had made you gasp with fear. We saw everying as expected - Chinese, Greek, Egyptian and a hidden narrow path ran round from the jetty back to the Temple.

There are chairs a plenty to sit and relax which we did in abundance and just sitting watching the birds, clouds and lake was perfect. An occaional car reminded us we were in civilisation and not the wilderness. Mrs Y even went out on the row boat for a tour of the lake. Of which there are 3 and ducks and geese alternate between lakes. There's even some deer that peek their heads out of the trees every now and again, and of course a fox non of the urban small foxes here ! Full sized large types thank you.

We declined the dining that was on offer and ate out or dined in. On the Sunday we ventured into Dursley to the Old Spot having booked a Sunday Lunch and decided to walk ... a hard walk and fueled by a few pints was much easier on the way back. Bath, Bristol, Stow and Slimbridge are all nearby and you can pop into Cirencester as well if you get sick of sitting doing nothing.
There's a great collection of DVDs and CDs to while away an hour or so when it goes dark and goodness it does go dark no light polution here. Mrs Y wasn't up for a night walk round the grounds but I think it would be excellennt ! The bed was comfy and we were up early with more relaxing to be done.

There were some comfy chairs at the bottom of the long room and we felt like a lord and lady sat in our own stately home. It was so good we're going again and will book for the inlaws 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Stancombe | Dursley, Gloucester GL11 6AU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Gloucester
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Ranked #3 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Gloucester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 1

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