The Temple, Stancombe Park


Romance, nature and history meld in this miniature temple – all yours! Row the lake, walk the estate, revel in 1001 Nights fantasy décor...


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


A neoclassical beauty in 20 green acres by a tranquil lake: inspiration for romantics, poets – and wild swimmers. The Grade I folly was built by a reverend, restored by English Heritage, festooned by creative Nic with Moorish rugs, gilded artworks, extravagant mirrors, scallop-shell lights… fantastic. Off the marble-pillared, roof-lit hall: a dainty writing desk, a phone cubby, whisky decanters on a miniature bar. Curl up on grand armchairs by an electric fire, put on music or a DVD… and the bed? Dive into a tiny windowed alcove, pull the curtains: it’s One Thousand and One Nights! Generously stocked with champagne, smoked salmon, chocolate truffles, the small kitchen is modern enough. But more fun to barbecue outside, where gardens glide out to conifers and steps tumble to a jetty. Row past a summerhouse, fountain, Egyptian folly… the scene, over the years, of beauty contests, water polo, jazz and costumed balls. Both Cotswold Way and road swing past the estate (some traffic), and cutely named villages – North Nibley, Wotton-under-Edge – have shops and a pub. “Bonkers,” says our inspector, “but totally special.”


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2.30pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Pubs/restaurants 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £300
Weekly price
from £2100
Short breaks £300/night (min 2 nights).
1 Pavilion for 2
From £3001 bed1 bedroom


Truly breath taking and simply stunning. You just have book this, it's a gem. Everything about it is perfect, the Temple, the lake and the gardens. We didn't leave the grounds for 4 days we just relaxed and explored the wonderful grounds. Book, book, book you won't be disappointed. For the owner to share this beautiful place, he is amazing.

Laura, Bishop's stortford

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