Tucked away down a long and winding private country track, just outside the peaceful hamlet of Foscot, 2 miles from Kingham, is this seriously cool property sleeping up to 14 guests in 7 bedrooms (plus 2 infants in cots), with 4 bathrooms – 2 ensuite. An eclectic haven with dramatic interior décor and beautiful gardens, complete with trampoline and swings, and lots of separate indoor spaces to explore and find some privacy. This stunning home is perfect for large families or friends with children, with two bedrooms specifically set up for little ones. There’s even an uber-stylish annex with its own log burner and loft sleeping area that would be great for teens or a bit of seclusion.
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- Sky TV
- Parking - x5
- Travel Cot - x2
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
Updated 3 May 2019
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As you approach Brock Cottage, passing Foxholes Nature Reserve, you’ll know you’re in for an incredible experience as soon as you emerge through the trees and up the drive to the sweeping garden with its mature trees, lawn and giant sculpture. It’s time for some blissful countryside seclusion!
This inviting, light and bright, single-story residence leaps into life as soon as you step inside, with vibrant eye-catching artwork, bright colours and unique furnishings throughout, all sourced from owners Adam and Rowan’s private collection of quirky international artefacts. The light bathes the property thanks to its many skylights, windows and bi-fold doors.
The hub of the home is the impressive kitchen-diner located just off the entrance hall, featuring a well-equipped kitchen, quirky living space with sofas and TV, large wood-burner and huge floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. This fabulous family and friends’ ‘hub’ expertly blends indoor/outdoor living through a wall of sliding doors out onto the pretty patio. Sheltered from the elements by a wisteria-strewn pergola, this area features a dining table and charcoal BBQ – perfect for al fresco dining.
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 a trampoline (enclosed), swing and mini slide. The cottage sits within Foxholes Nature Reserve, providing stunning woodland walks right from the doorstep, which burst in to life with carpets of bluebells in the spring. (See the Guide Book below for more details.)
- Sleeps 14 (+2 infants in cots) across 7 bedrooms: 1x super-king, 2x king, 1x twin, 1x bunk bed, 2x small singles, 1x small double.
- 4 bathrooms; 2 ensuite, 1 in Annex, 1 family, + 1 W.C.
- Handwash provided
- Parking for up to 6 cars on gravelled driveway
- Heating: radiators with 3-zone control
- Child friendly
- Utility room with sink, washer/dryer, iron and ironing board.
- All bed linen, bath towels and kitchen tea towels provided
- Logs, kindling and firelighters provided
- Ovens: triple oven and gas hob
- American-style fridge-freezer
- 1 high chair
- 1 fixed full-size cot (NB linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
- 1 foldable cot (NB linen not supplied for this cot, please bring your own)
- Private enclosed walled garden – safe for dogs and children
- Outdoor patio/dining area
- Garden furniture – seats 8
- BBQ charcoal (charcoal not provided)
- 3 Satellite TVs: in the Living Area, Snug and Annex
- Trampoline – large and enclosed
The cottage’s unusual and exciting interior decor strikes your senses as soon as you enter the hallway, with walls filled-to-the-brim with a mixture of eclectic artwork greeting you as you step into the light-filled space. From the hallway, go straight ahead across the wooden flooring to the Snug and the Kitchen/Living area; or to the right to Bedroom 1 and Bedroom 6; or sharp left to Bedroom 2; or right through a hidden door to Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5!
Straight ahead to…
A cosy sitting room complete with log fire, sink-in sofas and vibrant purple walls (plus a cleverly-concealed TV).
Through to (or straight ahead from the Hallway) to…
This spacious open-plan hub boasts a stylish 10-seater oak dining table and cute 4-seater table for little ones, high vaulted ceilings, and beautiful floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead out to the patio and garden. The well-equipped kitchen, with plenty of cutlery, crockery and glassware for all, benefits from a triple oven, gas hob, large American-style fridge and dishwasher, brought to life by vivid green cupboards and gorgeous mosaic tiles. Following on from the kitchen/dining area is comfy lounge area at the far end; complete with TV and large wood-burner.
At the end of the seating area next to the TV is a large cupboard-like door leading to…
Utility / Laundry Room
Here you’ll find the washer/dryer, sink, vacuum, mop, iron/brushes and ironing board, and the boiler.
The Annex- Studio
(Note: this is the ‘Games Room’ on the Floorplan)
Head down a short flight of stairs from the Kitchen/Living area to the eye-catching Annex/Studio complete with huge contemporary chandeliers, double sofa bed, wood-burner, 4-seater dining table, kitchenette, and sliding doors to the front and rear garden. Carrying on the impressive contemporary-meets-traditional feel of the property, this additional studio space is where you’ll find a small-double sleeping area at the top of a quirky hand built, purple and green staircase. Behind the stairs is a beautifully designed bathroom, with full-size bath, overhead shower, sink and toilet, decorated with deep orange and red mosaic tiling.
Head back through the kitchen to the Hallway and Bedroom 1
Tucked away down a book-lined corridor along from the entrance hall and down a short flight of steps is Bedroom 1, the master bedroom, with a sink-in super king bed, en-suite bathroom, with bath, hand-held shower, toilet, heated towel rail and gorgeous handmade orange and yellow ceramic sinks. French doors open directly onto the property’s sheltered front garden. In here, the owners’ passion for art shines through the 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 to the side of the room.
Head back to the Hallway and cross to…
Found through a stable-door to the left of the entrance hall, Bedroom 2 has a king-sized bed (configurable as a twin) and bright, Moroccan-inspired interiors, evident through its sparkling lantern lights, cool blue hues and incredibly intricate, tiled wardrobe. The showstopper is the roll-top bath taking pride of place in the room itself, plus there’s a handy en-suite toilet room, accessible from Bedroom 2 and the Hallway (with locks on either side!).
From the Hallway head left through the ‘secret’ cupboard door to bedrooms Three to Five, which share a family bathroom…
Bedroom 3, with its golden and buttercup yellow hues, is great for 2 adults, with a king-sized bed, built-in cupboards and French doors leading directly onto the garden. This is where you’ll find the extra foldable cot.
This L-shaped twin room is perfect for anyone who is happy to share but wants a little bit of privacy, provided by the offset arrangement of the beds. Features in-built cupboards and India-inspired décor.
A lovely cool-blue room for younger guests, with full-sized bunk beds, a great toy collection, in-built cupboards and plenty of space for playing, plus its own set of French doors leading out to the rear garden.
The azure-blue and chrome family bathroom, sitting between Bedroom 3 and 5, with full-size bath, over-bath shower, sink, toilet and heated towel rail is a relaxing yet vibrant space to chill and bathe.
Head back to the Hallway and cross to…
Bedroom Six (+ Mezzanine Bedroom 2)
Located just off the entrance hall, Bedroom 6’s Rudyard Kipling-esque wallpaper will speak to book-lovers of all ages. A den-lover’s dream, this bedroom is perfect for younger guests, accommodating up to two children in a single bed on the ground floor and on a small double mattress hidden in the rafters up a small wooden ladder – perfect for mini-explorers in search of a hideaway.
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 to lawn, with mature trees and a shrubbery, this softly landscaped, slightly wild garden provides complete privacy for guests. With a trampoline, swing, baby slide and children’s table little ones will be kept happy for hours. The cottage’s rear garden, accessed through the kitchen/dining area’s sliding doors, also benefits from a large paved entertaining area complete with outdoor dining table and charcoal BBQ; sheltered from the elements by a wisteria-strewn pergola. To the front, is an impressive sculpture, lion and swing, plus a garden shed where extra logs and kindling is stored for guests use. Just down the drive is the entrance to Foxholes Nature Reserve, a 165-acre reserve with a 1.75-mile Wildlife Walk clearly marked with badger waymarkers.
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). 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 in Bledington (winner of the 2018 Good Pub Guide ‘Pub of the Year) offers tasty, seasonal food in a picture-perfect setting, and is just a 2-minute car journey (or slightly longer walk) from Brock Cottage.
Brock Cottage is located just a 5-minute drive from the village of Kingham, renowned as a Cotswold foodie hotspot thanks to its two excellent, award-winning restaurants: The Kingham Plough and The Wild Rabbit Inn; whilst the fabulous Daylesford Farmshop and Café, is also just an 8-minute car journey.
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
Just down the Brock Cottage drive is the entrance to Foxholes Nature Reserve, a 165-acre reserve with a 1.75-mile Wildlife Walk clearly marked with badger waymarkers, the perfect place to wander with little ones. The house is surrounded by paths and walking options (see the Kingham Guide book below for more information).
- Stow-on-the-Wold Taxi Service – 07887 714 047
- Ambassador Taxis – 01608 644 015
- Jay Taxis – 07554424793
- Excelsior Taxis Ltd – 01608 643721
- Hasan Taxi’s – 07903 740131
Walking & Cycling Guides
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This is a rural location, so be prepared to take your time finding it, especially if you are arriving in the dark. The actual address is Brock Cottage, Foscot, OX7 6RW. (Be sure to go via Foscot not Bruern.) However, at first you need to use the postcode OX7 6RH (which is the postcode for nearby Loudham Estates). When you reach this destination change the postcode on your sat nav to our post code OX7 6RW. Once in Foscot (on a tight bend) take a dead-end road, which has a small sign saying, “Foxholes Only”. Carry on down that dirt road, past some cottages on your right. The road turns into a dirt track, do not turn right at the cottages that is just a field, but keep going straight ahead along the dirt track until the track turns to the right. Be careful here as the postcode will take you to the main large house. So, after the dirt-road turns to the right, turn left immediately after the converted stables house (you will see a small arrow sign on the opposite barn saying Brock Cottage) and follow this rough (and potholed) road until you meet a series of gates which is Foxholes Nature Reserve. Turn hard right at the gates, opposite the nature reserve car park, into Brock Cottage’s driveway.
1hr25 minutes from London Paddington to Kingham (5-minute drive).
Then taxi from Kingham to Brock Cottage:
Suggested taxi services: Jays Taxis – 07554 424793 or Stow on the Wold Taxi Service – 07887 714047
Parking for up to 6 cars on gravelled driveway