The Langmead family now live in this 18th-century Georgian home, which was built for the Lewys family and has been passed on to family members over the years.
It’s thought that this small Georgian house was built around 1714 by the Lewys family, who had owned the land since 1585. The land has changed hands since then but has always remained with distant family members, so it has never been sold. In 1790 more rooms were added by John Berkley Burland MP, and then in the 19th century the stables were improved and the middle courtyard – with bathroom, cloakroom and toilets – were built. The house is Grade-II listed and it’s been well-preserved so you know you’re seeing authentic original buildings. Tours at Stock Gaylard House are a real family affair, run by Andrew and Josie Langmead, the present owners. It means that you’ll get to see objects that have belonged to the family for years.
The simple gardens lead out to the deer park, which still has a herd roaming wild, which you might spot if you’ve got a keen eye. There’s also woodland to explore and, if you’d like to prolong your visit, you can hire a yurt as part of their glamping facilities. Once a year they hold an Oak Fair which focuses on woodwork, traditional crafts and conservation, though there are lots of other activities like Falconry, Archery, Tree Climbing and Trailer Rides.