60. Stanway House & Fountain
Stanway House is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house which has changed hands just once since AD715.
It was owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss who still live there.
Summertime visitors can not only enjoy the house and its fascinating furniture, but also the jewel-like gatehouse, the church and 14th Century Tithe Barn, and 18th Century water garden.
The formal canal, on a terrace above the house, the striking pyramid and eight ponds have been reinstated. The medieval pond in the Lower Garden, recently restored, has enhanced the beauty of the Tithe Barn.
The glory of the Stanway water garden is the single-jet fountain in the canal, opened in June 2004.
The fountain rises magnificently to over 300 feet, making it the tallest fountain in Britain, the tallest gravity fountain in the world and the second tallest fountain in Europe, after the 400-foot-high turbine-driven fountain in Lake Geneva.
The fountain has a two-inch bronze nozzle and is driven from an 100,000-gallon reservoir, 580 feet above the canal, via a 12-inch pipe 2km in length.
Stanway House is open to visitors on Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm-5pm during June, July and August while group visits and personal tours can be arranged at any time of the year. Fountain Plays take place during opening times subject to drought and other adverse weather conditions.