The Temple – Classical Splendor
1 Bedroom l Sleeps 2 l From £300 per night (minimum 2 nights stay)
The Temple is unique, magical and very special. This gorgeous Grade 1 folly is equipped for an indulgent self-catering stay for a couple, or for one person longing to get away from it all. This memorable accommodation is reached from a long graveled driveway and tucked into a private family estate, overlooking a lake with its own jetty and rowing boat.
Restored through English Heritage The Temple offers sublime peace and privacy. Set in over 20 acres, the landscape dips, curves and sweeps from most angles, and has been carefully designed and planted by its owners over many years. Weaving pathways take the visitor alongside grottos, fountains, through stone-clad tunnels and surprising follies. The building and surrounds has had its fair share of memorable and wild events in its day including love trysts, bathing beauty contests, music festivals, a costumed ball and water polo.
Inside The Temple
Inside, The Temple is on one level comfortably furnished in golds and reds with rugs, art works and artefacts. The lay-out of the accommodation includes a central hallway running the length of the building, a sitting area, a compact kitchen with all the appliances needed for a stay, a writing area, and a deep double bed set into an alcove with marble pillars either side. There’s a separate shower and WC.
A welcome hamper with goodies on arrival and decanters topped up with complimentary drink are set out for guests.
The Temple is centrally heated, ideal for cooler days and cosy winter evenings. The accommodation also has fast Wi-Fi connection, flat-screen television and built-in music system. It’s also pet friendly for a well-mannered and well behaved canine friend. Do bring your own comfortable dog bed.
A lovely terrace alongside The Temple has table and chairs. A series of stone steps lead down to the jetty and lake. Another terrace may be used for dining or drinks overlooking Stancombe Park. Guests have access to private grounds. Parking is close by. Do bring a torch. Prepare to be lost for words.