Welcome to Dryhill, a peaceful place with “big sky” panoramic views to the far horizon: a great place to free your mind and gently unwind.
Originally, Dryhill formed part of a Roman ‘Villa Rustica’ dating back to 76 AD, and our vaulted cellar made with thin Roman bricks which are evident of this ancient occupation. The fields in front of Dryhill feature ancient agricultural terraces believed to be for vines and these have now been replanted with Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir vines to make sparkling wine.
Approaching Dryhill down our scenic drive, you will follow in the footsteps of the celebrated Gloucestershire poet, Ivor Gurney, who once lived at Dryhill. In 1917, he describes his time here:
“The loveliest place almost that ever was,
The widest sweep beauty before one”.
Feel free to browse his poetry, available from our library.
As part of our rewilding efforts, we have spent 30 years planting over 2000 trees and creating wildflower meadows to support our bees: now you can enjoy Dryhill honey delivered to your breakfast table!
The wildlife is prospering too, with many different species of owl, several pairs of resident nesting buzzards and red kites together with routine visits from deer, foxes and badgers who confidently come into your garden. A rare breed of “Belted Galloway” cattle roam in the adjacent fields.
For those wishing to explore the countryside, we are happy to share our local knowledge: Dryhill sits at the heart of the Cotswolds and you can enjoy our unique collection of self-drive tours that feature classic wool villages, castles, gardens, great dog walks, top-notch restaurants and hidden pubs. Simply log onto our server using the QR code provided on arrival or see our “welcome iPad” in each property.
One of our nearest towns is Cheltenham Spa, which is famed for The Gold Cup racing festival, The Cheltenham Jazz Festival and The Cheltenham Literary Festival. This capital of the Cotswolds has numerous retail therapy options plus many great bars and restaurants: details are provided upon arrival. Cirencester is another market town not to be missed!
Closer to home, there is a labyrinth of walking trails that lead from Dryhill to the high escarpment above. Here at Crickley Hill Country Park, there are historical sites from the Iron Age and Roman times as well as a new coffee shop to provide refreshments after your climb. One of the great British long-distance trails, the Cotswold Way, takes you through ancient beech woodlands and past the village cricket ground, down to the local pub. Many of our guests enjoy the company of Bibi our Springer Spaniel who you can “borrow” to accompany you on local walks.
Dryhill enjoys stunning views and provides a serene environment surrounded by nature to allow you to enjoy your special family reunion, significant birthday celebration or well-earned holiday. With advanced notice, we can arrange pizza evenings, cocktail classes, wine tastings, yoga activities, reflexology sessions and vineyard tours. For those in search of peace and tranquillity, why not sit and soak in our hot tub whilst watching a “big sky” sunset for which Dryhill is renowned?
Being in the tranquil countryside does not mean that you will miss out on your fix of technology: we offer high-speed internet for streaming and a house server to access great music.
We look forward to welcoming you to your new home in the Cotswolds!
Dryhill offers an exciting number of location options to help you create a successful celebration, a fun filled party or a special event.
In our cellar bar area we have a vaulted dining or dancing space with an adjoining Moroccan style bar. This atmospheric space can be candlelit and seats 10 / 12 for formal dining or more for a buffet arrangement.
On the ground floor, a dining conservatory seats 10 / 12 and offers plenty of natural light, whilst the Cotswold country kitchen, equipped with an Aga, offers an additional dining option.
Outside, our nearby Stables have been totally renovated to allow up to 18 seats for fine dining. Alternatively it a great space for meetings or presentations.