One thing our residents and their families always comment
on is the location of Sydenham House.
We are surrounded by stunning views, forests and water-borne activities, cycling, trekking, historic sites and delightful rural villages, yet still be within easy reach of the vibrant city of Gloucester with its shopping malls, restaurants and extensive amenities.
Having said that, we are also blessed with excellent local facilities at the nearby village of Blakeney, just a short walk away.
Blakeney boasts the site of a Roman villa dating back to around 75AD. Writing in the 1872 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, John Marius Wilson had this to say:
“BLAKENEY, a chapelry in Awre parish, Gloucester; on the W side of the Severn, and on the South Wales railway, near Gatcombe station, and 3½ miles S by W of Newnham. It has a post office ‡ under Newnham, and fairs on 12 May and 12 Nov. Real property, £4,159. Pop., 1,079. Houses, 211. The living is a vicarage in the dio. of G. and Br. Value, £232. Patrons, the Haberdashers' Company. The church is modern. There are Independent and Baptist chapels and two public schools.”
Today it is well served by a village store stocking all essential supplies and local pubs perfect to rest up and relax in. House prices have gone up somewhat however.