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Large Country House near Cirencester in Ampney Crucis, Cotswolds

The Palladian

Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the pretty town of Cirencester, this luxury self-catering country house stands proud amidst a bounty of wildflower meadows and swathes of woodland in the Cotswolds parish of Ampney Crucis. The Palladian’s garden is a year-round treasure trove and the true crowning glory of this large family home, starting the year with delicate snowdrops and closing with winter cyclamen.



Georgian in style and grand in nature, this luxury Cotswold manor house with indoor hot tub and outdoor pool offers a self-catering escape perfect for multi-generational groups. Inspired by modern country homes and complemented with an eclectic mix of both contemporary and antique furnishings, The Palladian is rich in grace and comfort. Outside, sweet blossoms colour early spring with sugared pinks and a quiet spot by the pond offers chances for stargazing under thick blankets; while inside, a violet cinema snug encourages romantic hideouts at dusk. 


Classically designed with pops of colours and antiques throughout, The Palladian is a timeless manor house where roaring fires and sumptuous communal spaces encourage quality family time together. The star of this rather grand show is the light-flooded, open-plan kitchen-diner, where dining beneath glimmering winter nights and bright summer mornings will make fond holiday memories which will last a lifetime. Upstairs, six bedrooms with cloud-soft beds ensure sweet dreams for all.


The Ampneys is a stunning part of the Cotswolds, named after its babbling brook, and with 15 acres of grounds to explore at The Palladian (designed by Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall), there really is no need to wander far. Burn off some energy with a game on the tennis court, challenge the family to five-a-side football on the pitch or watch little ones bounce on the large trampoline, sipping a large glass of crisp white wine alongside. As night draws in, dine beneath the climbing greenery and glowing lights of the pergola, letting all manner of time slip away with the setting sun.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests (6 adults and 6 children)
    From £4,550 per week, £3,295 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsAll bedrooms are on the first floor; one bedroom with emperor bed and en suite bathroom, two doubles each with a king-size bed, plus one twin and two bunk bedrooms suitable for children. There is a first floor family bathroom with shower attachment, a family shower room and two separate ground floor WCs.
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  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub (both May - September), gym, tennis court, trampoline and small football pitch
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. Two travel cots and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking between the driveway and stable yard. The bright kitchen includes an electric Aga, Nespresso coffee machine, fan oven, hobs, two dishwashers and large fridge-freezer. Due to the pond, some steep drops and the treehouse, children should be supervised at all times. Please note that the property is best set up for 6 adults and 6 children, alternative configurations may be possible and must be discussed with the owner prior to booking.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with local produce, Netflix in the cinema room, Sky and Apple TV, 48" TV, Xbox One S with games, Nintendo Switch, gas BBQ, iPad, WiFi internet, croquet set, linen, towels, Temple Spa toiletries, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questions

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Relax in the master en suite bathroom
Wake to the sound of birds chirruping in this king-size bedroom
The bedrooms are pared back and simple in design

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Perfectly central to the Cotswolds´ southern edge, Cirencester has an equal measure of town history and stunning walks including a Green Flag awarded park at its centre. Often called ´gateway to the Cotswolds´.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Palladian sits in the Cotswolds village of Ampney Crucis near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.
  • By Car Approximately two hours from London, an hour from Oxford and just half an hour from Cheltenham.
  • By Train Kemble is the nearest station, about 15-20 minutes away by car.
  • By Air Both Birmingham and Heathrow airport are just over an hour's drive away.

From the owner

“The Palladian’s garden is the true crowning glory of our much-loved home. Starting the year with snowdrops and closing with cyclamen (with crocuses, blossoms, tulips and everything else in between!) we just love to roam the trees and meadows all through the year.”

From the owner

The Palladian was originally built between the wars as part of a local country estate, and had two periods of restoration and expansion in the 1980s and in 2016. The last owner before we bought the house in 2015 was Captain Michael Wyndham, grandson of Baron Leconfield, who lived here for many years.

Our focus was to renovate the Cotswold stone elevations, modernising the bathrooms and living areas to make the best of contemporary fittings in this historic setting.  Previously we owned a cottage in the next village, Ampney St Peter, for 14 years and have always loved the area of the Ampneys and Cirencester. 

Located on the old London Road from Cirencester to Fairford, The Palladian is easy to reach from many places, including London, being just 70 minutes from the M25. It is rural and surrounded by farmland, but not isolated, being a short trip from beautiful Cirencester.

Having said all of that, the pride of place goes to our garden, which offers space for tennis, football and croquet but also attractive landscaped gardens, with a heated sun-trap pool, hot tub and wonderful British flora and fauna.

Owner recommendations

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

Villages Lost in Time

To See

Villages Lost in Time

The Cotswolds is brimming with picturesque villages where wonky cottages line ancient cobbled streets; the finest example of which is the magical Arlington Row in Bibury, the most photographed scene in the Cotswolds!

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

To See

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Set in 160 sprawling acres of landscaped parkland and garden, the Cotswold Wildlife Park exhibits over 250 different species of animals. Don´t miss the train ride around the safari park if there are children in tow!

The Swan, Lechlade

To Eat

The Swan, Lechlade

Popular with the likes of Kate Moss, The Swan is a bustling village gastropub near Lechlade. Every day, the chefs wander the garden picking fresh vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden, ensuring exceptional, fresh flavours every time.

Walking and Cycling

To Do

Walking and Cycling

There are certainly no shortage of excellent footpaths, bridleways or country trails near The Palladian. Try the Wychwood Way, an historic 37-mile route from Woodstock to nearby Wychwood which runs through an ancient royal forest.

Guest Testimonials

Wow! What a house and garden! We celebrated a delayed 70th birthday and loved being together again as an extended family. The cousins have adored the pool, tennis court, and football pitch. It has been great to take time away from busy lives to take a breath and recharge. The house was absolutely spotless on arrival, we appreciated the fresh flowers and thoughtful hamper. What a special treat.

Thank you for a wonderful stay at the beautiful manor, our second time here! Gorgeous house, facilities, and garden. Great memories were made. We would love to return for a third stay!

Such a beautiful weekend escape in the countryside. We live all over the UK so it was the perfect spot for our families to spend some quality time together. We will be back!

Thank you for a lovely half term stay with family. Many memories were made at this lovely residence, sitting by the fire, playing tennis with the kids, the boys playing with the nerf guns and doll house, the treehouse and the trampoline.

Arriving at the gated entrance of The Palladian made us all so excited for our stay! This home-from-home is grand yet relaxed, comfortable yet stylish and simply a perfect space to retire after a busy day exploring. We hope to return in the near future to be able to enjoy the extensive grounds during the warmer months! Until next time!

What a stylish and wonderful house! We have had a fantastic weekend here celebrating our fathers 70th. The grown-ups and children alike loved exploring the house and gardens. It has absolutely everything you need to help you relax and indulge in some precious family time. We will be sure to tell all and sundry about your lovely home! Thank you for having us.

We have had the most fantastic weekend here with our large family. It was the perfect place to celebrate my husband´s 70th birthday and he has loved it. We all adored the pool, cinema room and everything there is to do around the place. I´d love to think we´ll be back at some point in the future!

We have had the most amazing weekend here with all my family. The house is beautiful, the children love the pool and cinema room. Hopefully, we can come back again next year. We didn´t want to leave!

Thank you for a wonderful week in your fabulous home! We have made many fantastic family memories here! You have catered for absolutely every need - the house, the gardens and attention to detail is stunning! The children have had a wonderful time... as have we!! We hope to be back one day.

A beautiful and well-presented home. We spent a very relaxing and lazy week here, even one rainy day stuck in left us with plenty to amuse. The heated pool is such a treat. Children loved the cinema room - one would happily live in it!

A fabulous weeks holiday. Lots of fun was had by all. A beautiful home set in stunning surroundings, thank you so much.

We absolutely loved The Palladian. There is plenty of space for all concerned and the kids loved the heated pool and other activities. It was great to have the space to escape for a quiet read! We love a bit of luxury and this house certainly gave us that. We would not hesitate to use Unique Homestays again in the future.

We had an absolutely fantastic weekend! We all enjoyed the hot tub and the pool, and the children made the most of all the other activities, including the cinema room! I hired a chef for Saturday evening which was the day of my husband´s 70th, and we had the most amazing meal and were waited on hand and foot! We went out to a local pub for Sunday lunch but apart from that, we just enjoyed the house which was amazing! I would like to think that we will all return in the future. It was the perfect place for our birthday celebrations!

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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