Full of original period features, The Gatehouse is one of the most important buildings of its kind in the country and sits behind imposing gates with a gravelled driveway and parking. Famous former residents include Prince Rupert, the nephew of Charles I, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and reputedly, the young Edward V who was one of the princes in the tower. The Gatehouse can be booked with a nearby property to provide accommodation for up to eight guests.
Ground floor: Dining room has an original sixteenth century Tudor fireplace, carved North European refectory table that sits ten and a painted Tudor ceiling. The dining room is reminiscent of a romantic hunting lodge. The separate dining room is accessed through its own entrance door under the archway.
The fully equipped kitchen has a period stone floor, American style fridge-freezer, granite work tops, butler sink and is ideal for either cooking oneself or by a local chef (which can be arranged) to prepare dinner or lunch in the adjacent dining room. Kitchen facilities include a dishwasher, fridge/ freezer, electric cooker and microwave. Entertainment facilities include digital TV, a stereo system, DVD player and CD player.
First floor: The panelled Thatcher Suite master bedroom with a 5' half-tester bed with silk drapes. The bedroom has a nineteenth century crewel work tapestry, ornate plasterwork, Tudor fireplace, oak floor and antiques.
The suite has an adjoining sitting room with pale blue fleur-de-lys wallpaper, silk curtains, satellite TV, Tudor fireplace, Knole sofa and spectacular plasterwork. The separate bathroom in one of the turrets has all Lefroy Brooks fittings including a powerful wet room shower, traditional claw foot towel rails and underfloor heating.
Second floor: The Library Bedroom with 6' bed has huge exposed beams, oak bookcases, an enormous bath under the mullion windows in the bedroom, a large writing desk as well as thick carpet and a separate bedchamber area. The bedroom also has a separate turret bathroom with all fittings by Lefroy Brooks.
Flagstone floors in kitchen and hall. Spiral oak staircase not suitable for small children or infirm adults. Private garden with flower beds, fruit trees and fountain (not fully enclosed).Flagstone floors in kitchen and hall. Spiral oak staircase not suitable for small children or infirm adults. Private garden with flower beds, fruit trees and fountain (not fully enclosed). Guests will also have access to the gardens of Upper Cressett. Guests will also have access to the gardens of Upper Cressett. The gardens of Upper Cressett are open to the public twice a week. The gardens of Upper Cressett are open to the public twice a week.
A laundry service may be available by arrangement with the housekeeper. Wi-Fi and gas central heating. A travel cot is provided.
Short breaks of two nights or more may be available. No pets.