WHITMINSTER HOUSE – for friendly, comfortable SELF-CATERING COTTAGES on the Cotswolds Edge just over 2 miles from M5 junction 13.
is a listed Grade II*, and is a charming example of a family home that has evolved over the centuries.
The Manor dates from Saxon times and is mentioned in Domesday Book. It was confiscated by Maud, wife of William the Conqueror, from the Saxon thegn (Lord) Brictric, and subsequently owned by the Earls of Hereford and later by Henry V as part of the Duchy of Lancaster.
In 1288 it was a Manor House described as ‘the Lord’s Court’; and in 1336 was known as a ‘Chief House’ with a courtyard. In 1347 the Earl of Hereford asked the King’s permission to fortify it.
In 1721 Whitminster House was bought by the Cambridge family. Their son, Richard Owen Cambridge, made all the 18th century alterations.
The TEESDALEs (in whose ancestry Maud is listed) `bought back` WHITMINSTER HOUSE in 1882, made the Victorian additions, and live here to the present day.
An attractive Elizabethan farmhouse comfortably divided into 4 separate cottages of varying sizes. Each has its own entrance, lawn & parking.
Walk Farm Cottage
West Wing Apartment
Combinations of these cottages, or all, may be booked together & the 2 largest can be opened through on the ground floor when booked to the same party.
A PARTY ROOM extension off the Old Stables can seat up to 40/45 (50 max with the conservatory) for special parties, and tables can be folded away for dancing afterwards. A music centre with CD player, crockery etc. are provided.
Catering can be arranged – to be “dropped off” or “served” for special occasion parties in either venue, or to any cottage – we have good Caterers who will quote to your party requirements.Also, a good choice of local take-aways available within 2 miles.
Pubs/Restaurants: a choice of 6 within 2 miles, the nearest is under a mile walking in historic Frampton on Severn.
Torches are provided in all the properties.
General Facilities in all the cottages:
Each property has colour TV/Video & DVD player, electric Cooker & Microwave, Fridge/freezer, D/W, Washing & Drying facilities, Hair dryer, Iron & Board, Torch, BBQ, radio/CD or cassette player and some have Log Fireplaces & a Hostess Trolley. Wines: we can put your order through our trade accounts with Wholesalers for free delivery and sale or return convenience.
Economy 7 night storage background central heating in all the Cottages except the West Wing Apartment where background oil-fired central heating in winter months and hot water all year round is included. All properties have extra free standing electric heaters if required, and some properties have open log burning fireplaces also. Electricity usage calculated from meter readings & logs @ £3.50 per large bag See individual cottage details.
Children: Cots / high chairs – subject to availability – please book in advance. Cot linen not provided (Govt. Regs) N.B. The West Wing steep staircase & Old Stables river at the bottom of the garden are not suitable for small mobile children – Exceptions are made only if children are fully supervised. They remain the responsibility of the Adults in their Group at all times. Please bring own stair-gates if required.
Dogs: welcome in all properties @ £15 per week or @ £7.50 per weekend / short break.
WEDDING RECEPTIONS at Whitminster House – where You can Personalise your own Special Day over a Whole Weekend!
All Wedding Receptions at Whitminster House now include the booking of the West Wing, Old Stables, Harness Rooms and Lodge Cottage to guarantee complete exclusivity and ample parking for your unique Event.
These provide self-catering accommodation for 22-24* close family and friends over the FULL WEEKEND from Friday 4 p.m. through to Sunday evening or Monday 10 a.m. (same rate).
All remaining cottages on the Whitminster House Estate may also be booked, subject to availability, at the seasonal rates quoted on the website www.whitminsterhousecottages.co.uk
In total, Whitminster House Cottages can accommodate 49 (up to 54) guests, with space for a few Yurts or Bell Tents for additional guests to be pitched within the grounds at a small extra charge. Local B&Bs, hotels and a Travel Lodge can provide further accommodation nearby.
For an insight into the experience that a wedding at Whitminster House can offer, visit: A Country House Wedding. Please note this will open a new browser window.
GOLD PACKAGE: £5,999 incl. VAT
This Wedding Package includes the hire of the Victorian Walled Garden beside the House, a lined Marquee for up to 100 guests furnished with barley flooring, chandelier lighting, chairs and tables, a Catering Annex, outside lavatories, outside electricity and water supplies, and ample parking.
It also includes self-catering accommodation in the West Wing, Old Stables, Harness Rooms and Lodge Cottage for 22-24* family & guests from Friday afternoon through to Sunday night or Monday morning, to make the most of your time together.
A range of extras for the Marquee such as dance floors, starlight ceilings etc. are available and can be quoted for.
For larger weddings, Marquees hosting up to 250 guests can be offered for a supplementary charge.
SILVER PACKAGE: £4,500 incl. VAT
For smaller Wedding Parties, this still includes the hire of the Victorian Walled Garden beside the House, a lined Marquee for up to 50 guests furnished with flooring, lighting, chairs and tables, a Catering Annex, outside lavatories, electricity and water supplies, and ample parking.
The Silver Wedding Package, too, includes self-catering accommodation in the West Wing, Old Stables, Harness Rooms and Lodge Cottage for 22-24* family & guests from Friday afternoon through to Sunday night or Monday morning, to enjoy your very special occasion across an entire weekend.
A choice of the Anglican church 100 yards away from the House along the Yew Walk through the garden, Catholic churches in Stonehouse (4 miles) or Nympsfield (8 miles), or Registry offices in Stroud, Gloucester or Cheltenham.
To keep your wedding truly personal we encourage you to organise many of the details for yourselves, but are delighted to recommend a range of tried and tested caterers, florists, music, entertainments etc. if you wish, plus a friendly professional photographer who is brilliant at capturing the important memories to enjoy for the rest of your life.
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