Even though the Cotswolds has been awarded as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), when visiting, you’ll soon understand that it’s not only nature that has made the Cotswolds rich in its beauty, it’s the patchwork of architectural marvels that inhabitants and visitors have created here throughout history. We have endless examples of this through modern minimalist constructions, solid Edwardian and Regency housing, huge Victorian stations, old Elizabethan pubs, Medieval castles, Roman villas and roads, and even beyond that.
Some of these historical treasures can be easily found when walking through the streets of most towns or cities such as Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bath, Tetbury and Cirencester. However, the Roman influenced properties, although in their plenty, are a little more difficult to discover giving true meaning to the term ‘hidden gem’.
Dryhill is a perfect example. Much loved by the famous poet Ivor Gurney, who spent much of his time at Dryhill on returning home from The Front, after the 1917 battle of Paschendaele (100 years ago this week) Ivor described Dryhill as: “The loveliest place almost that ever was, the widest sweep beauty before one.”
A discreet 17 th century Cotswold retreat perched high on the escarpment with stunning views for over 50 miles, Dryhill is set in 14 acres with lakes and wildflower meadows, you can see clearly across the entire valley of Gloucestershire into Wales beyond. Dryhill stands on the site of a Roman Villa, with a series of terraces believed to be an ancient vineyard. In fact, the Roman wine cellar is still completely intact and renovated, with a dining area, bar and ‘snug’.
Since the dawn of the 21st century, English wine has been making enormous waves across the globe, with significant plantings happening across the south of the country. Where better to enjoy this, than from a vineyard created by the original introducers of English wine, the Romans. With this in mind, 2000 Vines have recently been planted at Dryhill’s ancient vineyard, with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunière with the aim of providing both pink and white bubbly for those guests staying at Dryhill.
Today, Dryhill is now a private hire property that has been designed in a contemporary chic style. Usually hired for wedding experiences, private parties and truly unforgettable celebrations, the Cotswold stone property can sleep 10 adults, whilst 2 separate stone cottages enjoy privacy with epic views across the Severn Vale.
It’s places like Dryhill that keep the Cotswolds an exciting area to continuously visit and explore. Even though this gorgeous property has such a rich history, is located on the edge of spectacular views, situated next to one of the Cotswolds most visited locations, Cheltenham, it’s still so easy to miss. For this reason Dryhill has proved popular with sportsmen and celebrities who crave the utmost seclusion.
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