Stanway House & Fountain
Stanway House & Fountain
4.5
Historic SitesGardensFountains
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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This beautiful manor house is complemented by a restored 18th-century water garden and magnificent fountain, one of the world’s tallest garden fountains reaching more than 300 feet high.
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CJH
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
House fantastic, water wheel driven mill fantastic, fountain fantastic BUT the cafe lot it all down. £20 for 3 tea bag teas and 3 slices of cake! Trouble is £20 cannot be divided by 3. When I questioned it, I was told they charge £2.50 for the cup of tea and insisted each piece of cake was £3.50 even though it had a £2.50 price tag on it! Even worse the next customer was charged £15 for 3 teas and 3 cakes....work that one out. So go and enjoy the house and fountain but DON'T be tempted by the cafe
Written August 4, 2022
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Dot H
Ipswich, UK203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We were lucky enough to visit Stanway with a private group tour. Very informative and enthusiastic guide made the visit very enjoyable. Delightful grounds and of course the very impressive fountain. We also had lunch in the grounds (ploughmans, followed by delicious homemade cakes). Well worth visiting if you get the chance
Written August 3, 2021
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demoncodger
Bromsgrove, UK361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
In his introduction and welcome, the owner the Earl of Wemyss. describes Stanway as the friendliest of houses with a magical atmosphere and with a sense of time that stood still. We found it to be all of that and thoroughly enjoyed our visit on a pleasant sunny afternoon.

Seeing the beautifully kept lawns that surround the superb Cotswold stone manor house, I am not sure that we were quite prepared for the state of the interior which could politely be described as homely or probably more accurately, somewhat shabby. However, that made it all the more interesting as a very much lived in home. To prove it, we passed one open door with a notice inviting visitors to come in which we duly obeyed to find Lord Wemyss (the 13th Earl no less) working at his desk complete with dog and secretary also in the room! We had stumbled upon the office but he clearly didn't mind our intrusion into what in most similar places would have been very much a 'Visitors Keep Out or Else' area. That seemed to sum up the friendliness of the place which was echoed by the stewards we encountered in several of the rooms.

The excellent audio tour, with an informative and at times amusing commentary by his lordship, is essential if you really want to learn about the house, its contents and the family history and is well worth taking the extra time to listen. The water garden, still under restoration, complete with the highest gravity fed fountain in the world is something to linger over. The fountain is fired for a couple of half hour spells during the afternoon and is truly spectacular.

Don't miss the beautifully restored water mill a short walk away through the woods where milled flour is on sale. It costs extra but if you are members of the Historic Houses Association, entry to everything is free on production of your membership card.

We rounded off our afternoon at Stanway with a visit to the tearoom for an excellent cup of tea and a slice of delicious Victoria Sponge and then a look round the magnificent tithe barn which also doubles as visitor reception.

Stanway is not a stately home in the usual sense but, in many ways, more interesting and provided us with a different, but very enjoyable, afternoon out which we intend to revisit before too long.
Written June 6, 2014
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saysomething77
Naples, FL37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
This is a step back in time before visiting historic houses went commercial. The house is open for two days a week in the afternoon, so like like other reviewers I would advise that you check the website. The car park is free, in a level field just across the road from the front gate.
You pay entrance at a table set out on the drive, with a lovely lady advising you where the best place to see the fountain. She didn't try to sell you a booklet on the venue, of gift aid your life away. The man in front of us was on crutches and I was very impressed how she helped him.
I did ring to ask about queues to the venue, but there is only a delay when there is a coach party.
The garden has tiered lawns and you can walk in the woods to the mill about 200 metres away. we walked up the hill to the lake, where paths had been mowed through the wild meadow areas.
The fountain was spectacular, very impressive and lovely to watch, The rainbow spectrum on the water in the sunshine was a delight.
We when to the cafe in the old stable block and enjoyed tea and cake for 3 people for under £6.00. There were tables set out in the courtyard for you to enjoy your tea in the sunshine.
The cakes where homemade and the ladies in the cafe where so helpful. They sell Stanway beer which is also made here, the lady serving us told us in the barn next door .
I had a very enjoyable afternoon here.
Written August 23, 2013
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christinedavidson39
Bristol, UK80 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
I had walked past the house when doing the Cotswold Way and had always wanted to return to look round so when we booked to stay a week in Chipping Campden, we decided to visit the house and gardens which didn't open until 2.00pm so there was a long queue to get in . There was no map of the site, no signs showing us where to go. We were just left to wander round .We eventually found the fountain which is worth seeing, and the we explored and found the watermill. It is worth going to as long as you are fit enough to go up and down very narrow rickety stairs. There is nothing to see in the so called gardens and the tour of the house inside was the worst I have ever seen in this country. I have heard of shabby chic but this was just shabby . I would be ashamed if it was my house and people were paying a lot of money to see it and who ever lives there has an obsession with Hitler with books all over on display . Do not waste your money by visiting
Written June 23, 2013
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dekalbill
DeKalb, IL563 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
Yes, the fountain and gardens at the Stanton House are nice and unusual, but the tour of the house was awkward. Rooms were "lived in" and I felt like an intruder in a messy, in need of repair rooms. Plan a visit based on limited days it is open.
Written July 26, 2014
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sy1950
Memphis, TN77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
This was not the best managed property. Large crowd of people in house and not enough handsets for everyone. If they don't have enough handsets they should have printed material in each room like most other stately homes have.
the fountain was nice, but not really worth a special trip.
Written August 16, 2015
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sandalian
Yorkshire, UK459 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Visiting this place one is left wondering whether the owners really want visitors. Perhaps they don't really but when one is charging people to enter the least they can do is provide a better set of signs which include "private" on a ramshackle gate which is actually the entrance and then a complete lack of signs to identify the route to the main attraction. The refreshment facilities are in a dingy stable with minimal conversion and whilst the elderly ladies staffing it can no doubt bake a cake they do not appear to understand the need to provide wider choice in soft drinks (Ie other than 100% sugar Coca Cola) not to mention the need for them to be cold on a hot day. Perhaps the aristocrats have failed to provide the necessary fridge facilities. The gardens or what might be described as the formal gardens are a disgraceful example of a lack of effective gardening being mainly overgrown and full of weeds.
That leaves the main attraction IE the Fountain which is billed as reaching 300 feet in height. Well judging by the scaling I was able to do from photographing it with people in close proximity I would be very surprised if it reached 100 feet. I imagine that water levels at the top of the collapsed former water terrace are low at this time of year. Overall this is a poorly run attraction in need of considerable investment.
Written August 9, 2015
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mozartonholiday
England, UK127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Visited on a sunny Thursday in August. The house and gardens are open on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in the summer. Make sure you check opening times before making a visit. Arrived just in time to see the fountain in its full glory. Lovely grounds to walk around with a few places to sit and admire the views. We didn't go into the mill but it looked like it would be worth a visit on another occasion. Remember this is a home that is loved and lived in and therefore it is not a hugely commercial venture with gift shops and restaurants. Enjoy it for what it is!
Written September 11, 2014
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don c
Salem, SC76 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
5 pounds per adult. House needs lots of repair but some interesting items to see. Owner lives there full time and has limited visitation times. The 2nd tallest fountain in Europe is worth the visit. Gardens are overgrown.
Written July 10, 2014
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