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Evania | Luxury Self-Catering Holiday Home | Bentham, Cotswolds


Bentham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Built from Gloucestershire stone but with a beating heart firmly in the Mediterranean, this luxury self-catering home in the Cotswolds is a calming oasis of luxe tranquillity. Enjoy breakfast in bed under Romanesque columns, recline in the shade of 300-year-old olive trees and float beneath the stars amidst waterfalls in the outdoor swimming pool. Evania is pure paradise.


Inspired by the Mediterranean, this Gloucestershire holiday home hailing from the 1700s is the perfect self-catering retreat. Settled in the heart of the Cotswolds, surrounded by rolling hills and lush countryside, Evania is wonderfully placed for enjoying both rural rambles and quaint chocolate box villages. Amble in the footsteps of queens through Sudeley Castle, enjoy Broadway Tower’s stunning views and explore the regency spa town of Cheltenham. After a day of English adventures, return home to an evening gathered together in the bright and lofty kitchen before sinking into the hot tub under the radiant glow of the moon.


Inside is a perfect coming-together of modern design and classic architecture; glass walkways allow views from the ground floor high into the rafters, while squishy Chesterfields and ostrich feather lamps invite long evenings by the log burner. For nights of unadulterated repose, five beautifully appointed bedrooms await. Soak tired muscles in one of the luxurious baths and feel your mind and body relax under a mountain of lavender-scented bubbles, before hopping into bed. Somewhere peaceful for couples within the group, the master (with king-size bed and standalone bathtub settled in front of a woodburner) is a true romantic escape.


A sheltered, honey-hued private patio area nestles in the crook of Evania's arms. Thriving olive trees and the gentle sound of waterfalls cascading into the heated swimming pool only serve to deepen the sense of being somewhere far, far away. For a quiet morning, squirrel away under clambering vines laden with plump grapes while the brood slumber. When everyone is awake, tease noses with the smell of fresh, sweet pastries served with steaming pots of tea on the al fresco dining area. On summer days, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d awoken under the blues skies and beating sun of the Mediterranean. Play croquet, plash around in the pool and enjoy all Evania has to offer.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
    From £4,395 per week, £3,495 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 4 or up to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere is one double bedroom on the ground floor with super king-size four poster bed, dressing room and en suite shower room. On the first floor are three double bedrooms, one with super king-size bed and bath in the room, one with a king-size bed and en suite wet room, and one with king-size bed and en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and handheld shower. There is also a first-floor twin bedroom in the separate annexe, which also has an en suite bathroom and handheld shower attachment. Please note that the annexe bedroom and area is unavailable when booking the smaller group option.
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  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), hot tub, games room with table football, pool table, table tennis and television
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for five cars at the front of the property. The large, modern kitchen is equipped with a double six-hob Smeg oven, a dishwasher, wine cooler and fridge-freezer. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer in the ground floor WC room.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with local produce, Smart TV, projector screen, Sonos multi-room sound system, Xbox, Playstation, Netflix, SkyTV, iPad, WiFi internet, gas barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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The library and sitting room at Evania
The sitting room is complete with a projector
Snuggle up by the woodburner in Evania´s kitchen snug

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Hugging the western edge of the glorious Cotswolds, this charming heritage spa town has parks, sights, shops and so much more right on the doorstep.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Evania sits in the village of Bentham, 15 minutes by car from both Cheltenham and Gloucester.
  • By Car Approximately two hours and 15 minutes from central London and one hour from Birmingham.
  • By Train Both Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa train stations are 15 minutes from the property.
  • By Air Bristol airport is a one hour drive; Heathrow one hour and 40 minutes.

From the owner

“We love Evania as it´s such a cosy, welcoming place. A great place to relax; tucked away yet just down the road from all that the Cotswolds and Cheltenham have to offer. Everyone that comes to the barn says it´s their favourite house and we hope you feel the same way.”

From the owner

The east and south sections of Evania were built in the early 1700s in stone, and the north and west sections were built of handmade local brick in 1820. It was used for its original purpose of agriculture, mainly storing hay and grain up until the early 21st Century until it fell into disrepair.

In 2009 we installed up-to-date features including underfloor heating and the latest technology in insulation and fixtures, whilst respecting the original form of the listed structure. The glass walkway to link bedrooms is an example of this - a modern edition which leaves the view open to the vaulted roof as it would have been two centuries ago.

In 2018 after a lengthy planning process, a large kitchen extension with vast sliding doors was added to the rear of the property. The planning negotiations took in excess of two years with the local conservation officers, making sure the addition was an amazing space, yet complementary and sympathetic to the original building.

As well as the extension, the barn was redecorated throughout and the gardens landscaped with the addition of the swimming pool, sunken patio, decking and croquet lawn, making the previously redundant building, we think, a wonderful mix of relaxation and fun.

The Smith Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Cheltenham with an insider’s perspective.

Cotswold Wildlife Park
To See

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House. It is home to a fascinating and varied collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates from all over the world.

Prithvi, Cheltenham
To Eat

Prithvi, Cheltenham

Prithvi, which means "Earth" or "Mother Earth" in ancient Sanskrit, offers a refined and sophisticated approach to Indian dining in an welcoming, relaxed environment. Enjoy mouth-watering food and the restaurant´s keen eye for detail.

Blenheim Palace
To Do

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, offers a memorable day out for all the family, sitting in 2,100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.

CP&Y: The Yoga Studio
To Do

CP&Y: The Yoga Studio

Limber, loosen and relax with one of over 50 mat and equipment classes held each week at CP&Y: The Yoga Studio. For a little more focus, private one-to-one sessions are also available, ensuring the most perfect form and poise.

Guest Testimonials

We spent a wonderful week relaxing here. It is idyllic and we felt in our own little oasis. The pool was put to great use! We enjoyed some lovely foodie pubs in the nearby villages too.

We loved the house and had an absolutely fantastic time! The house was incredible! We had the fires going, the children thoroughly enjoyed the games room, the pool was such a treat, the rooms were beautiful and the location was wonderful. Everything about our stay was just perfect.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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