The Temple, Stancombe Park

+44 (0)20 7247 1236

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

Pets welcome

The Experience

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.”


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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 £350
Weekly price
from £2100
Short breaks £300/night (min 2 nights).
1 Pavilion for 2
From £3501 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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