The Garden Landscape Guide

Stanway Baroque Water Gardens

A Jacobean house with remnants of an early eighteenth century garden. Behind the house one can see a pyramid folly at the top of a hill, from which a cascade used to descend. It is said to have been designed by Stephen Switzer. In front of the house there a walled and hedged enclosures linked by paths.

Head Gardener's Comment

‘As perfect and pretty a Cotswold manor house as anyone is likely to see’ (Fodor’s Great Britain 1998 guidebook). Stanway’s beautiful architecture, furniture, parkland and village are now complimented by the restored 18th century water garden and the magnificent fountain - 300 feet high, making it the tallest garden fountain and gravity fountain in the world.

Stanway, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, GL54 5PQ

June to August. Tuesday and Thursday. Also open Saturdays in July and August. Open 2pm to 5pm.

Adult £4.00

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  • about 4 years by pete 1 / 5

    The house and garden look pretty in that picturesque Cotswolds way.

    The house is shabby the contents look like they were the outcasts pulled out of the loft. Of course if you want neat and tidy you visit the National Trust!

    The garden is pleasant the fountain is big and powerful. Not somewhere I'd make repeat visits to though.

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Stanway Baroque Water Gardens Stanway Baroque Water Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
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Stanway Baroque Water Gardens, Gloucestershire Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Stanway Water Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Fountain, Stanway Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge