Set beside a giant copper beech tree, the Regency-period Lodge is the original gatehouse to Kingscote Park House located on the beautiful, 28-acre Matara Estate in Kingscote village in the South Cotswolds. The Lodge has been cleverly converted into the perfect cottage hideaway and features a dramatic, double-height, open-plan living area, with a king-size bed to one side, a fully equipped kitchenette and dining area, and separate bathroom with luxurious jacuzzi tub and rain shower.
The Lodge has its own private garden as well as access to Matara’s 28 acres of parklands, formal gardens and woodlands, with public footpaths, including the Cotswold Way, right on the doorstep, and the village pub just steps away.
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property and reported.
The Lodge is the original gatehouse to Kingscote House, a beautiful 9-bedroom mansion with an 800-year history. From the outside, the Lodge looks quite petite, but step inside and you’ll be amazed by its spaciousness. The vaulted ceiling, painted a stunning royal blue, windows in all directions, a fantastically big porthole in the bathroom, and gorgeous Regency window to sit at while working or reading make the Lodge light, bright and feel far bigger than its 41 beautiful square metres!
The Lodge has a small, private garden and seating area while all around are the gardens and parkland which Geoffrey, the owner/custodian of the Matara Estate, has dedicated much of the last 25 years to converting from grassland to the beautiful gardens and parklands seen today. Half of the land has been set aside for rewilding and the creation of four major habitats where deciduous plants and wildlife are thriving and teeming with fauna and flora. To date, the staff at Matara have planted over 1,500 trees in the parkland.
Inside the Lodge is an open plan living-dining-kitchen and bedroom area. Head through a door immediately off the bedroom into a private bathroom with a Jacuzzi-style bath and rain shower and magical view out to the gardens through an enormous porthole window.
Living Room Area:
Step through the front door into the living area and your gaze will instantly be drawn up to the dramatic, double-height ceiling with exposed timbers and deep royal blue paintwork. To one side is a desk with a chair placed perfectly to gaze through the multi-paned Regency window or reach over to the wide selection of books on the adjacent bookcase. A sink-in, super comfy, the three-seater sofa sits the length of the living area with a smart TV directly opposite.
The fully equipped kitchenette features an electric oven and four-ring gas hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer, double sink (looking out to the garden) and plenty of units for storing all the essentials and preparing home-cooked food.
Alongside the kitchen area is a large circular table that comfortably seats two guests.
Slightly offset from the main living area is a king-size bed placed located under a large Velux window (with fitted blind) – a wonderful place to lie and gaze at the trees swaying above or at the stars on a clear night. To either side of the bed is a bedside table with reading light.
Between the Bedroom Area and Bathroom are two built-in cupboards: one for hanging clothes, the other for cleaning/ironing equipment.
Step through a door into the luxurious bathroom, with its huge porthole window through which you can see the leafy garden beyond. The bathroom has a full-size, Jacuzzi-style spa bath with an over-bath rain showerhead, washbasin with vanity unit and mirror, a WC and heated towel rail.
The flooring throughout the Lodge is beautiful, polished Cotswold stone, with underfloor heating and cosy rugs for extra comfort.
The gatehouse has its own private garden as well as access to 28 acres of parklands, formal gardens and woodlands, with public footpaths right on the doorstep leading out to the Cotswold Way and some fabulous walking in the wider Cotswolds.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 2 in 1 king-size bed
1 bathroom: Jacuzzi bath with over bath rain shower head
Parking for 2 cars
Private garden plus 28 acres of Matara Estate to explore
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel
Heating – underfloor heating throughout. Hot water on demand.
Library of books
Dog friendly (max 1 small/medium dog)
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans.
Ironing board and iron
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair/travel cot provided on request
Outdoor seating area
Garden furniture – seats 2
BBQ (gas - provided)
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest food shops to Matara Lodge are in Wotton-under-Edge (5 miles) where there is a small Tesco, a well-stocked Coop, two bakeries, a deli and a butcher.
Hunters Hall (35 metres)
Kingscote Barn (1.5 miles)
The Gumstool & The Conservatory at Calcott (2 miles)
Matara Lodge is surrounded by fabulous Cotswold countryside with great walks and cycling routes on the doorstep. From every direction, the house looks out across formal gardens, community parkland, courtyards and water features – some 28 acres of beautifully tended land for you to explore.
Places to Visit:
Owlpen Manor (2.5 miles)
National Trust's Newark Park (4.5 miles)
Westonbirt Arboretum (6 miles)
Train - Cam (7.5 miles), Stroud Train Station (9.5 miles)
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
Parking space beside the property. Further parking in the Matara car park
Dog friendly: One well-behaved dog is permitted at a cost of £25 (payable on booking)
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
The gatehouse is lovely, easy to find, comfortable and convenient. But what made this spot special for us was the estate's grounds. We took our dog and spent the weekend walking, sitting, and picnicking in the lovely gardens and fields.
The Matara Estate is in the village of Kingscote and includes 28 acres of woodland and parkland that guests are free to explore. (To fully appreciate the surroundings, guests can book private guided tours of the Estate.) The Lodge is just a few minutes’ walk to the local pub and about a 15-minute drive to the popular local Cotswold towns of Tetbury, Nailsworth, and Stroud, all offering an excellent variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. Local attractions such as Newark Park (National Trust), Westonbirt Arboretum, Woodchester Mansion, and Highgrove and Badminton are all within 15 minutes’ drive.
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