Stanway House, an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house is situated near Winchcombe in the glorious Gloucestershire countryside. It has been described by Fodor's guide as "as perfect and pretty a Cotswold manor house as anyone is likely to see". It was built in 1590-1630 and is situated in the hollow beneath a long spur of the Cotswold escarpment in close proximity to the church, the great mediaeval tithe barn, the jewel like gatehouse, the water mill and the cottages of the hamlet.
The House and Grounds are now the setting for a 300ft single jet gravity fountain - the tallest fountain in Britain and the tallest gravity fountain in the world. The Stanway Watergarden, one of the finest in England, was created in the 1720s for John Tracy, probably by Charles Bridgeman. Typically Bridgemanic is the Canal, a magnificent formal sheet of water, situated unusually on a terrace 25 feet above the house, and the Cascade (the largest in Britain, partially restored), fed by water flowing under the Pyramid from the Pyramid Pond. The Tithe Barn Pond adds to the watery feel of the garden, which also includes fine specimen trees, broad terraced lawns and herbaceous borders.
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