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General information
Type Residential
Architectural style Victorian
Location Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England
Completed 1859
Technical details
Structural system Brick and stone
Floor count 4
Design and construction
Architect John Loughborough Pearson

Quarwood or Quar Wood is a Victorian house in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England. It was owned for 27 years by The Who's bassist John Entwistle.


The Rhenish Gothic house is built on a hill in Lower Swell,[1] approached by a long driveway and an entrance with two stone pillars decorated with lion plinths. The house, which includes a saddle roof and open loggia,[2] has 55 rooms.

The main hallway features a cantilevered staircase with wrought-iron balustrade and oak handrail which leads to a galleried landing. A formal drawing room has an open fireplace with a timber surround. The Cotswold landscape is visible through picture windows, and formal gardens include terraces and a croquet lawn facing south toward the Dikler river valley. When Entwistle bought the home, he installed two recording studios, one on the main floor and one on the top floor, and a bar with game rooms. Known for a macabre sense of humour, Entwistle kept skeletons in the master bedroom to frighten guests.[3]

The grounds enclose 42 acres, including parkland, fish ponds, paddocks, garages, woodlands and seven cottages.[4]


Crossroads near Stow-on-the-Wold, looking towards Lower Swell and Stow.

The house was designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson and built for £8,000 in 1856–59 by the Rector of Stow, Reverend Robert William Hippisley. Pearson had previously designed Treberfydd in Brecknockshire for Robert Raikes (1818–1901), Hippisley's brother-in-law and grandson of Robert Raikes (1765–1837). He had also completed restoration work on St Edward's Church in Stow-on-the-Wold, where the Reverend Hippisley served as rector. However, Quarwood was extensively remodeled in 1954–58 by Sir Denys Colquhoun Flowerdew Lowson, 1st Baronet.

John Entwistle and his wife Alison bought the property as a weekend retreat in 1976, and Entwistle occupied the house until his death in 2002. In 2004 his son Christopher offered the house for sale at a price of £3.75 million. The house is currently owned by Piet Pulford.[5]

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  1. ^ Hitchcock, Henry-Russell (1989). Architecture: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Pelican history of art (6th ed.). New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. p. 253. ISBN 9780300053203. 
  2. ^ "Quar Wood, Goucestershire". Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Entwistle bric-a-brac auctioned off". Daily Mail. 22 April 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Jackson, Penny (28 April 2004). "Rocker's retreat". The Independent. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Quarwood". Retrieved 31 March 2012. 

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Coordinates: 51°55′13″N 1°43′40″W / 51.920366°N 1.727901°W / 51.920366; -1.727901