Brock Cottage

Kingham

12 Guests

7 Beds

3.5 Baths

A funky-meets-contemporary hideaway in the heart of the countryside; perfect for group getaways or family gatherings.

Tucked away down a winding private track just outside of the peaceful hamlet of Foscot is this seriously cool cottage for up to 14 guests; an eclectic haven with outdoor and indoor space a-plenty, perfect for families and groups alike. A traditional single-story cottage from the outside, this vibrant home comes to life as soon as you step inside, filled to the brim with eye-catching artwork, bright pops of colour and unique furnishings; all sourced from owners Adam and Rowan’s private collection of quirky international artefacts.
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Facilities

  • WiFi
  • Open Fire / Wood Burner
  • Sky TV
  • Parking - x5
  • Travel Cot - x2
  • High Chair - x1
  • Bedding & towels

Reviews

Characterful and spacious with gorgeous walks from the door. Somewhere genuinely different to stay
Eleanor January 4, 2018
Brock Cottage is beautiful and a truly wonderful place to stay. We loved every minute and we were very reluctant to leave. The children felt immediately at home, they loved the space and the toys,...
Lisa January 3, 2018
Beautiful place, private and tucked away in a fantastic location.
Kate December 29, 2017
Thanks for a lovely stay, the whole family really enjoyed staying in such a high end rural setting in the heart of the Cotswolds, and despite being the coldest weekend of the year to date...
Rustam December 22, 2017
Kitchen/diner/living - great family space with direct access to lawns with swings and trampoline enjoyed by all.
Lisa September 4, 2017

Summary

A funky-meets-contemporary hideaway in the heart of the countryside; perfect for group getaways or family gatherings.

Tucked away down a winding private track just outside of the peaceful hamlet of Foscot is this seriously cool cottage for up to 14 guests; an eclectic haven with outdoor and indoor space a-plenty, perfect for families and groups alike. A traditional single-story cottage from the outside, this vibrant home comes to life as soon as you step inside, filled to the brim with eye-catching artwork, bright pops of colour and unique furnishings; all sourced from owners Adam and Rowan’s private collection of quirky international artefacts.

Light, bright spaces sweep throughout the property thanks to its many skylights and windows, with 7 bedrooms sleeping up to 14 guests comfortably, including two bedrooms specifically kitted-out for younger guests. It even benefits from a separate studio annex, great for teens or those who simply want their own space. The hub of the home comes courtesy of the spacious kitchen diner found just off the entrance hall, boasting a well-equipped kitchen, quirky living space with sofas and TV, cosy wood-burner and huge floor-to-ceiling sliding doors; expertly blending indoor/outdoor living by offering direct access onto the pretty outdoor dining veranda. Kids and big-kids alike have plenty of room to burn off energy thanks to the mature one-acre garden that sweeps around the property, with the hottest new-kid-on-the-culinary-block, Kingham, offering foodies the perfect dining destination just a 5-minute drive away.

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The Living Space

The cottage’s contemporary-cool feel hits you as soon as you enter the bright reception hall, with walls filled-to-the-brim with a mixture of eclectic artwork greeting you as you step into the light-filled space. Just off the hallway sit the cottage’s two main living areas: a cosy snug, complete with log fire, sink-in sofas and vibrant purple walls (plus a cleverly-concealed TV) and an impressive adjoining living/kitchen/dining space spanning the rear of the cottage. This spacious open-plan hub boasts a stylish 10-seater oak dining table (plus a cute 4-seater table for little ones), high vaulted ceilings, beautiful floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a comfy lounge area at the far end; complete with TV and crackling wood-burner. The well-equipped kitchen benefits from a triple oven, gas hob, large American-style fridge and dishwasher, brought to life by vivid green cupboards and quirky mosaic tiles. Leading through the living space at the far end is a separate annexed studio area, complete with sofas, wood-burner, 4-seater dining table and kitchenette. Carrying on the impressive contemporary-meets-traditional feel of the property, this additional studio space homes a hidden attic single bedroom, found at the top of a quirky built-in staircase, plus a fully-equipped shower room and toilet, making it great for teens or older guests in search of a little privacy.

Bedrooms

can be found throughout the property, sleeping up to 10 adults and 4 children comfortably:

Bedroom 1

Tucked away down a book-lined corridor along from the entrance hall is the master bedroom, benefitting from a sink-in super king bed, en-suite shower room and French doors opening directly onto the property’s sheltered front garden. In here, the owners’ passion for art shines through the painted mural wall behind the bed; hand-painted by owner Rowan as an homage to her family home in southern India. A stand-alone crib also fits comfortably at the foot of bed for those travelling with babies.

Found through a unique stable-door just off the entrance hall, Bedroom 2 homes a king-sized bed (configurable as a twin) and bright, Moroccan-inspired interiors, evident through its sparkling lantern lights, cool blue hues and pretty, tiled wardrobe. We love the roll-top bath taking pride of place in the room itself, plus there’s a handy en-suite toilet room, too.

Bedrooms 3 – 5

Hidden behind a secret cupboard door in the entrance hall sit three further bedrooms, all benefitting from their own shared family bathroom. Bedroom 3 is great for adults, with its king-sized bed and French doors leading directly onto the garden, whilst Bedroom 4 can be used for big kids or those who don’t mind sharing thanks to its twin-bed setup. Bedroom 5 is definitely best for younger guests, with full-sized bunk beds, a great toy collection and plenty of space for playing, plus its own set of French doors leading onto the grounds.

Mezzanine Bedroom 2

A den-lover’s dream, Bedroom 6 is perfect for younger guests or adults who don’t mind a bit of a squeeze. Able to accommodate up to two guests on two mattress-beds (one single, one small double), one is hidden in the rafters up a small wooden ladder; perfect for mini-explorers in search of a hideaway. Located just off the entrance hall, the Rudyard Kipling-esque wallpaper will speak to book-lovers of all ages and it’s perfect to use as a study for those who need a little peace and quiet.

Mezzanine Bedroom 1

Another great room for intrepid explorers, this small annex room, sleeping one on a single mattress-bed, is hidden away up a flight of steep wooden stairs in the studio; great for teens and agile adults, not so great for those less mobile. The studio also homes a sofa bed which can accommodate two if needed. Be warned, the sky lights have no blinds on them, so it’s best for early-risers!

What’s Outside

Brock Cottage offers blissful seclusion by the bucketful thanks to its rural location and sweeping one-acre garden, surrounding the property like a pretty, green cocoon. Mostly lawned (great for kids wanting to stretch their legs), mature trees and shrubbery reward the garden with complete privacy, with a trampoline and swing to keep little ones happy for hours. The cottage’s rear garden, accessed through the kitchen/diner’s sliding doors, also benefits from a large paved dining area complete with outdoor dining table and charcoal BBQ; sheltered from the elements by a wisteria-strewn pergola.

 

Facilities and Amenities

Facilities

Parking on premises (for up to 6 cars)

Indoor Fireplace

Wood burner

Wireless Internet

Laundry Room (Washer/Dryer/Airer)

Charcoal BBQ

Outdoor Dining Area

Iron

Satellite TV

Baby Cot

3.5 Bathrooms

7 bedrooms

Dishwasher

Trampoline

 

Local Amenities

This is rural living, so amenities do involve a short drive. The nearest convenience store (Londis) can be found in Kingham (5-minute drive), or you can head to Daylesford Farm to pick up some essentials (8-minute drive) if you’re not fussed about the price tag. Stow-on-the-Wold offers the nearest supermarket (Tesco) with a Marks and Spencer service station for little bits and pieces. Nearby Chipping Norton (15-minute drive) also offers a well-equipped Sainsbury’s. We’d recommend a grocery delivery during your stay; Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all deliver to the cottage.

The King’s Head Inn, Bledington- The Green, Chipping Norton OX7 6XQ / 01608 658365

The Kingham Plough– The Green, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YD / 01608 658327

Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Café – Daylesford, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG / 01608 731700

The Wild Rabbit Inn – Church St, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YA / 01608 658389

The Old Butchers- 7 Park St, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ / 01451 831700

The Porch House – Digbeth St, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BN / 01451 870048

 

Supermarkets

Londis, Kingham – Church Street, Kingham OX7 6YA

Tesco Superstore – Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BX

Marks and Spencer (Service Station) – Station Road, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1JU

Sainsbury’s – 12-14 Market Place, Chipping Norton OX7 5NA

Waitrose – 25 Market Square, Witney OX28 6AR

 

Taxis

Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold Taxi Service – 07887 714 047

Ambassador Taxis – 01608 644 015

Jay Taxis – 07554424793

 

Chipping Norton

Excelsior Taxis Ltd – 01608 643721

Hasan Taxi’s – 07903 740131

Things to Do

Eating

Brock Cottage is located just a short 5-minute drive from the village of Kingham, renowned as the Cotswolds’ newest foodie hotspot thanks to its two excellent, award-winning restaurants: The and The Wild Rabbit Inn. The King’s Head in Bledington offers tasty, seasonal food in a picture-perfect setting just a 2-minute car journey (or slightly longer walk) from Brock Cottage, whilst high-end hangout and favourite of the jet-set, Daylesford Farmshop and Café, is also just an 8-minute car journey. For those wanting to venture slightly further afield, we’d highly recommend a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold, a pretty market town just 5 miles down the road that packs a punch when it comes to culinary credentials. Check out The Porch House, a 10th century inn in the heart of the town with good beer and a great lunch menu, before heading to The Old Butchers for dinner; a Michelin Guide must-visit where pre-booking is definitely recommended.

Walking

Somewhat of a walker’s paradise, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring the Cotswolds on foot from Brock Cottage. The cottage itself sits within Foxholes Nature Reserve, awarding stunning woodland walks right from the doorstep, bursting to life with carpets of bluebells in the Spring. The Oxfordshire Way- winding all the way from Bourton-on-the-Water to the banks of the River Thames in Henley- also passes directly through Foscot; a great option for those keen to join the trail. We’d recommend the 6-mile round-trip from Foscot to Churchill, passing through streams and meadows with a handy stop-off at The Chequers pub for delicious sustenance half-way round.

Must-Sees

The Cotswolds is jam-packed full of attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained. For younger guests, a visit to Cotswold Farm Park and Cotswold Wildlife Park (both a 20-minute drive) are a must, with the Cotswold Water Park (40-minute drive) the perfect place to head on hot-weather days. For older generations, Chastleton House National Trust property is just 15 minutes away, and we’d recommend that no visit to this area be without a day exploring the pretty surrounding market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water; both renowned for their quaint independent stores, cutesy-cafés and quintessentially-Cotswolds good looks. Daylesford Farmshop and Café is also a must-visit, crammed to the brim with high-end, artisan produce, delicious deli treats and an impressive restaurant. Just be sure to allow a few hours there; we don’t know anyone who hasn’t been mesmerised by this country-chic hangout.

Helpful Addresses/Links

Walking

The Oxfordshire Way – www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/oxfordshire-way

Cotswolds Walks- www.cotswolds.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-in-the-cotswolds

Directions

Getting There

A rural escape in every sense, the cottage is tucked away down a series of tracks on working farmland, making a car essential. Just pay close attention to the driving directions; these have been founded on years of drivers getting lost, so you can’t go wrong if you tweak the satnav in favour of these well-crafted instructions. For those travelling by rail, Kingham Train Station, with its excellent links to London Paddington (just a 1 ½ hour direct journey) is a 5-minute drive from the cottage. Taxis are also available from the station, although we’d definitely recommend pre-booking; Stow and Chipping Norton-based firms are the closest.

The actual address is Brock Cottage, Foscot, OX7 6RW However, go via FOSCOT not BRUERN! Use the postcode OX7 6RH first (which is the postcode for Loudham Estates) When you reach this destination type in our post code OX7 6RW. That will take you the correct route. Once in Foscot (on a tight bend) you need to take a dead end road, which has a sign saying “Foxholes Only” You carry on down that concrete road, past some cottages on your right. Then the road turns into a dirt track. DO NOT TURN RIGHT AT THE COTTAGES – THAT IS JUST A FIELD). Keep going straight ahead along that dirt track until the track turns to the right. Be careful as the new postcode will take you to the main large house. What you need to do is turn left and follow this rough road until you meet a series of gates. Turn hard right opposite the little car park and Brock Cottage is on your right.

 

Useful Information

Brock Cottage Information Sheet

 

HEATING AND HOT WATER.

The hot water will be on all the time. You can control the central heating (radiators) with the control pads for each zone. Zone 1 is the kitchen. Zone 2 is the old house (bedrooms) and Zone 3 is the studio space.

You adjust the temperature and then press the tick symbol. The temperature is set to be cooler at night.

Wood burning stoves and fireplace in the children’s small sitting room/play area. Feel free to use these. If there are no logs in the basket, they are stored in the old blue-shed in the drive.

RUBBISH

There are THREE bins. One for general waste, one for recycling (paper etc. and one for glass). Please leave the rubbish in each bin for collection on Monday.

WIFI

Should the Wi-Fi fail then you may need to reboot the router, which is on top of the fridge (you’ll have to climb on the work top to reach it). Make sure you turn the WHITE router off and not the black heating control hub (which looks like a router!) Just turn it off for 10 seconds then turn it back on. The password is on the kitchen cupboard.

KITCHEN

The kitchen TV has a DVD player in the first utility room cupboard (up at the top. The DVD is on HDMI 1 input. The small sitting room has a pull-out TV and children’s DVDs in the right-hand cupboard. YOU WILL NEED TO POINT THE REMOTE AT THE DVD PLAYER FOR IT TO RESPOND.

MASTER BEDROOM SKYLIGHTS. The one above the bed operates by remote control (labelled). Just hold in each direction to move it or double click it for continuous open or closing. The other skylight is operated by a pole which is in the bedroom.

LEAVING

Keys and doors:  Please return the key to the key box when you leave and make sure all of the sliding doors are locked.  Some of the sliding doors are a little stiff and require you to hold the lever up as you turn the key.

Brock Cottage

Kingham

12 Guests

7 Beds

3.5 Baths

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