The journey to Stinchcombe Hill House Bed and Breakfast Dursley feels like an adventure is about to unfold. The drive to the Edwardian mansion house with bed and breakfast accommodation takes the visitor up the narrow lane of Stinchcombe Hill, outside of the market town of Dursley, with the lane edged with Cotswold stone walls, bluebell woods and a canopy of trees until it opens out at the top with lovely views across the Severn and beyond and the wide expanse of a golf course.
The lane that leads to Stinchcombe Hill House cuts straight across the course and down into this lovely private retreat, designed by Morley Horder in 1907 and home of the Lister family, made famous for agriculture machinery.
The welcome party nowadays is likely to include chatty geese, chickens and friendly dogs Gertie and Pippa. With an eclectic background of fashion design and farming, Jane and Graham have lived here for the past decade. Its many rooms are being slowly renovated and refurbished as well as rearing Gloucester Old Spot pigs, pygmy goats, guinea fowl and quails and caring for the land that surrounds it. It’s a family home that’s lived in and loved with all its quirkiness and character.
Totally informal and relaxed, guests are instantly made to feel at home. Homemade cake and a pot of tea with china cups appear along with chat of the day’s travels. Upstairs, and along passages three double bedrooms and a twin bedded room have individual character with well laundered bed linen, a choice of duvets or blankets and thick towels in the bathroom. The water here soaks away any stresses and strains. Baths and showers run from rain water which is all traditionally heated through a gas boiler as the house has no mains water, but guests can expect a plentiful supply of hot and cold water.
Wake refreshed to a full English breakfast in the dining room with a choice of cereals and fruit juices, home-reared sausages and bacon from their own pigs, fresh eggs from the chickens, black pudding from the local butcher, tomatoes and mushrooms from nearby farm shop. Topped off with toast, home-made marmalade and jams, yoghurts and fruit along with sweet pastries and maybe some home-made banana cake.
Expect peace, space, the sounds of the countryside, friendship and a stay to remember.
Please note that Stinchcombe Hill House is undertaking some renovation and building work and may need to close for certain periods of time.