Full of character and steeped in history, Foxes Manor is a Grade II listed, 16th-century Jacobean Cotswold manor house, complete with a hot tub. Sleeping up to 12 adults across 6 double bedrooms (with 2 ensuite shower rooms, 1 family bathroom and 1 deluxe wet room), Foxes Manor is perfectly secluded and dog friendly, yet less than a 1-minute walk to the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, through its' own private gate. Including mullioned stone windows, oak panelling and a priest hole you have one of the most intriguing and evocative Jacobean houses in the region. The main building dates back nearly 400 years, while the 'new' wing was added about 100 years later. With crisp cotton sheets, sumptuous towels, hot tub, BBQ, large living room and dining room, plus four open fires for guests to use, two of which are 7-foot real-log inglenook fireplaces, Foxes Manor is an idyllic setting for a stay in Bourton-on-the-Water.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Hot Tub
- Sky TV
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - Private parking for up to 5 cars
- Travel Cot - 2 travel cots (NB linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
- High Chair - 2 high chairs
- Bedding & towels
Updated 4 Jun 2019
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Foxes Manor stands in its own tranquil, stone-walled (pet friendly) garden overlooked by a two-hundred-year-old yew tree yet the house is less than a minute’s walk from the heart of the village, via its own private gate. Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ boasts a wealth of attractions, including a famous model village, motor museum, perfumery and bird sanctuary, plus a host of pubs, restaurants and shops.
However, the undisputed jewel is the Windrush river, which flows through the centre of the village flanked by the village green and crossed by no less than five stone bridges (hence the likening to Venice). The village is well served with a post office, two supermarkets, a library and village pubs all within a few minutes’ walk of the house. Riding is available at a local stable at one end of the village, and there are extensive fishing lakes at the other.
Daylesford Organic Farm is 15 minutes away by car, or if you’re lucky enough to be a member, Soho Farmhouse is 15 miles away.
Sweeping through the open gates up the drive, your first view of the beautiful, honey-gold Cotswold stone Foxes Manor is striking. However, despite its large size, the property maintains a charming understated quality, tucked away at the bottom of its private drive.
Closing the gates, it would be very easy to stay within the property’s walls and attractive, landscaped gardens, with its magnificent ancient yew tree, for the entirety of your stay! Indeed, the owner, Jules, provides every modern-day comfort for his guests, including superb al fresco facilities – featuring a fabulous hot tub, which accommodates 8, that is discreetly located behind the house in its own private courtyard.
Inside, Foxes Manor has an incredible array of beautiful rooms and intriguing nooks and crannies all connected by its impressive Jacobean staircases. Yet, despite the Manor’s 400 years, the feeling of cosy exclusivity has been meticulously maintained by the owner, with its individually designed and sumptuous double bedrooms, including a superking-size brass bed and king-size four poster and mahogany sled beds, all elegantly furnished with antiques, original artworks, tapestries and rugs. The sumptuous bathrooms, ensuites and wet room include Lefroy Brooks rain effect showers and a very grand, enclosed double bath.
This hidden gem is literally a stone’s throw – through a private gate – from the bustling beauty of Bourton-on-the-Water, the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. Bourton is a thriving village with a wealth of attractions for all ages, including its world-famous Model Village, Motor Museum and Birdland Park and Gardens. One of the most famous views of Bourton is the picture-postcard backdrop of the iconic village green, criss-crossed by the glittering shallows of the River Windrush as it flows lazily under a sequence of five stone bridges, flanked by promenades on both sides. The village green really is one of the most photogenic sights in the Cotswolds.
- 6 bedrooms, sleeping 12, including superking brass and king size four poster beds
- 4 bathrooms; 2 ensuite, 1 luxury wet room and 1 family bathroom with complimentary shower gels and shampoos
- Private parking for up to 5 cars
- Gas central heating
- Private hot tub accommodating 8 with discreet decking area
- Child and dog friendly
- Laundry room with sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and American fridge freezer
- All bed linen, bath towels and robes, and tea towels provided
- 2 substantial inglenook fireplaces
- Starter logs provided (small supply in each room)
- Hairdryer in every bedroom
- 5 range gas cooker with 5 gas points, 1.5 range electric oven
- Microwave oven
- 2 high chairs
- 2 travel cots (Please note: linen for travel cots is not supplied. Please bring your own)
- 2 stairgates
- Private enclosed walled garden – safe for dogs and children – with a private gate giving access to the heart of the village
- 2 outdoor patio/dining areas – front and back
- Garden furniture – seats 12
- 2 x coal BBQs (please supply your own coals)
- 2 x external Bose garden speakers
- TV in every bedroom + 55” UHD screen with 7.1 surround sound in living room
- Several pubs within walking distance
- Car not essential but recommended if wanting to explore
- 90 minutes from London and Birmingham – transfers from Moreton-in-Marsh or Kingham railway stations available
A short walk down the paved pathway, intersecting the landscaped front lawns, will take you to the wisteria-covered, heavy oak front door resplendent with the carved features of the four apostles, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Using your individual entry code on the keyless digital lock, step in to the marble-floored Entrance Hall – the ideal place to kick off muddy boots, cast aside coats or leave your umbrellas brollies in the umbrella stand. Across the hall, you’ll see an antique dresser with gilded mirror, where you’ll find a copy of this Welcome Pack, and the original Jacobean wooden staircase to the right, leading up to the Mistress Suite.
Straight through to…
Downstairs Wet Room
Step up into the luxurious, oversized, marble-walled and mosaic-floored Wet Room with Lefroy Brooks rain effect shower head and body jets for the ultimate all-over soaking. Dry off using the host of fluffy white towels and robes thoughtfully supplied for guest use. The fabulous circular sink and modern WC complete the facilities in what can only be described as your own personal spa.
A well thought through, practical space housing cleaning materials, washing machine, tumble dryer, American fridge freezer, first aid kit and wireless printer (handy for printing out boarding passes, recipes, maps for walks etc). In here you’ll find the stable-door access to the private Hot Tub courtyard.
Step down into the magnificent baronial Dining Hall with its original oak floorboards, beams, fabulous oak window seat and imposing 7ft-wide stone inglenook fireplace with baking shelf, meat hooks and traditional dog grate. (The fire will be stocked, ready for lighting.) This is the oldest part of the house and you’ll immediately feel the grandeur of the Dining Hall, with its opulent swathes of heavy curtains, original artworks and tapestries – a consistent feature throughout the house.
The huge oak table easily seats 12 and is the perfect setting for group banquet. In the solid antique oak cabinet, you’ll find table cloths, mats, napkins and a fondue and raclette set. Everything you need for entertaining is provided. In the cupboard marked ‘Private’ you’ll find stairgates and high chairs.
A particularly well-appointed space with cream country-cottage cabinets, quarry tile flooring and an intimate window seat breakfast bar – a great place for the first early morning risers to nestle. Cooking facilities include a 1½ gas hob range cooker with 5 gas points plus a 1½ range electric oven underneath – ideal for catering for a large party. There’s also another fridge, dishwasher, breadmaker, microwave and Nespresso machine. (Bread mixes and Nespresso pods can be bought at the nearby Co-Op.) A small library of cookery books covering seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes, plus desserts, bread and wine is on hand for reference, should you need inspiration.
The cabinets are fully stocked with plenty of spotless white crockery and cutlery, and martini and Gatsby champagne flutes for 12 house guests. All dishwasher friendly! In addition, you’ll find a shelf full of unbreakable glasses for al fresco dining in the garden and at the hot tub.
Back door access to the private Hot Tub courtyard.
Through Kitchen to…
The Living Room
A sumptuous, comfortable room to relax in, furnished in peaceful creams and ivory to complement the dark oak floor, original artworks and plush curtains. Curl up in front of a roaring log fire in the huge open hearth under another majestic stone mantelpiece – you have the choice of two large, three-seater settees, a cuddle couch for two, a “smoker’s” chair by the fireplace, an Ottoman or two comfy armchairs. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a movie night on the calibrated 55” UHD screen with 7.1 surround sound through stadium quality Cambridge audio speakers. Rainy days could also prompt a card and boardgame bonanza in here – there are plenty to choose from. Budding musicians are welcome to orchestrate an impromptu singalong using the acoustic guitar that the owner has left for his guests to use.
Partially glazed exit door access to front garden.
Stairs from Entrance Hall leading to…
Mistress Suite (Double bedroom one)
Welcome to the first of the achingly beautiful bedrooms. The Mistress Suite’s key feature is the 6ft-wide superking-size brass bed that sits proudly in the middle of this classically furnished room. Huge crisp white pillows and vintage cushions and throws make this bedroom ooze comfort in historic style. A velvet chaise-longue beckons for discarded clothes, whilst other antique furniture for you to use includes a knee hole desk, chest of drawers and wardrobe. A further feature of this room is its original working stone fireplace, beams and crooked mullion windows. The wig cabinet in the wall bears witness to the age of this part of the house.
This bedroom traditionally uses the Wet Room as its ensuite facility.
Please note that the door marked ‘No Admittance’ leads to a short staircase where the heating and hot water controls can be found.
Through oak door to…
Oak Panelled Bedroom (Double bedroom two)
A light and airy room with glorious dark oak panelling to one wall, beams, Victorian cast iron feature fireplace and a lovely alcove window seat overlooking the garden.
The luxury white linen bedding, scattered with vintage cushions, offsets the king-size dark mahogany sled bed with its 5ft mattress – perfect to sink into after a long day exploring the Cotswolds. An antique tallboy and chest of drawers provide ample storage for clothes.
Exit across rear landing to…
Master Suite (Double bedroom three)
A fantastic dual-aspect bedroom overlooking the garden on both sides with a second king-size dark mahogany sled bed with 5ft-wide mattress. The suite boasts a large stone fireplace and practical built in wardrobe as two of its key features – a real treat of a space to spend time in with its roaring fire and a book at bedtime. But the most outstanding feature of the Master Suite is the priest hole, currently used as a tiny personal library and cosy dressing area.
Opposite the priest hole are the private ensuite facilities, including a dual-control Lefroy Brooks rain shower with white WC and corresponding washbasin.
Staircase down to the kitchen, passing leaded window with window seat overlooking garden, leading to…
A huge room boasting an enclosed double bath with shower mixer taps, bidet, WC and vintage style washbasin – bathroom furniture that would rival the finest country house hotel. Light streams in from the window overlooking the side garden. This is the perfect room to soak and relax in.
Exit right to…
Twin Bedroom (Bedroom four)
Tucked in to the eaves, the twin bedroom has been painstakingly thought out to provide maximum privacy in a shared room. Both the 3ft-wide single beds, with medieval oak headboards, have a space they can call their own. An antique wardrobe provides welcome storage space whilst a small window allows sunlight to stream in.
Across landing to…
Mezzanine Bedroom (Double bedroom five)
Nestling cosily in the opposite eaves to the twin bedroom, the Mezzanine Bedroom has a comfy 4ft 6inch double bed and enjoys its own private windows on two sides overlooking the front garden. At one end of this room there is a banister and small back staircase leading down to the Mistress Suite.
Up a short flight of stairs to…
Four Poster Master with Private EnSuite Bathroom (Double bedroom six)
Up on the top floor is possibly the most exclusive of Foxes Manor’s bedrooms, the Four Poster Master with its king-size mahogany four poster bed dominating the room. Luxury abounds everywhere in here – with majestic bedding, soft lighting, shaggy sheepskin rugs and antique furniture making this top-floor suite particularly special and memorable.
The ensuite bathroom facilities are equally exclusive. Up here you have your own enclosed bath with mixer taps and shower head, a matching white WC and washbasin and two of the cutest peep-hole windows you could ever wish for.
The private walled garden at Foxes Manor surrounds the property and is mostly laid to mature lawn with borders and pot planting providing pops of colour. Extending to ¼ acre, it’s safe for children and pets to play in under supervision.
For the majority of guests, the garden is perfect for leisurely sunbathing, al fresco dining on the front paved patio (with a table and chairs set for 12), or some impromptu entertaining on one of three BBQ sets (the fire pit in the middle of the patio can also be used as a BBQ). This part of the garden has sun loungers, external lighting and even subtly hidden, external Bose speakers for music. (Please note these have been volume limited out of respect for our neighbours. We would kindly request that you limit your enjoyment of them between the hours of 8.30am and 10.30pm.)
Next to the front door is a covered, heated, lighted smoking area, which we hope smoking guests will appreciate. Here you will find a small number of garden games to enjoy.
Please note that in the back right-hand corner of this area is an ancient WELL. The cover is heavy but removable, but please do not remove, disturb or stand on it – and please be vigilant with children and dogs around the area.
To the rear of the garden you’ll find a private back gate through which you can access the village and nearby local amenities and Dial House Hotel, which is good for the odd cocktail or two.
Adjacent to the private gate, but in its own private courtyard and floodlit at night, is the Hot Tub – a firm favourite with guests. This will be set up and ready for use on arrival. There’s also a BBQ in this courtyard and handy access into the house either through the Kitchen door or the Utility / Laundry Room through to the WC.
Whilst secluded and exclusively private, Foxes Manor also benefits from being right in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water. It’s a one-minute walk from the back gate to the Co-Operative supermarket, which is well stocked with everything you’ll need for your stay. Open 7am to 10pm, Monday – Saturday; 10am-4pm on Sunday.
Bourton-on-the-Water village will spoil you with its choice of boutiques, pubs, coffee shops and tea rooms. Favourite restaurants include the Rose Tree – a grade II listed cottage overlooking the river on the High Street, specialising in locally sourced seasonal dishes. Or, for finer dining, the Dial House Hotel, again a stone’s throw from the back gate.
The village also hosts a wonderfully old-fashioned Post Office and Hartwell’s traditional hardware store – both well worth a visit.
If you fancy experiencing some in-house catering, Simon Smith at www.simonsmith-chef.com comes highly recommended from our recent guests. You can tailor a menu with them or select from the pre-designed menus available (just be sure to mention it’s for Foxes Manor as they know the house very well). Or try Antony Vaks at www.antonyvaks.co.uk.
When you’re ready to go adventuring, the Slaughter villages (Upper and Lower) are only a 15-minute walk. Lower Slaughter Manor has a great reputation locally for fine dining and cocktails. Whilst further afield you’ll find the renown Lords of the Manor, Soho Farmhouse and Dalesford Farm – but book before you go!
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Foxes Manor is 90 minutes from London on the M40/A40 (Postcode for sat nav GL54 2AA)
The post code for the property for sat nav purposes is GL54 2AA.
Foxes Manor is located in the heart of the village of Bourton-on-the-water, just 1/3mile from the main A429. There are two access roads entering the village from the A429. The first is as you approach Bourton-on-the-Water turning right from Whiteshoots Hill onto the main High Street,follow the road past the Mousetrap Café on your left into the main village where you’ll pass Bourton’s iconic River Windrush intersecting the village green with its stone cross on your right. Follow the road to the T junction where you’ll find the eye catching, red and white village Post Office on your right. Turn LEFT into Station Road at this junction. Pass The Manor (big black iron gates) on your left and turn next left into FOXES CLOSE (which is designated PRIVATE). Follow the drive off to the left past The Old Dower House on your left. FOXES MANOR is next left behind the double gates, which will be open ready for you.
Entering Bourton-on-the-Water from the A429 onto Station Road, continue until you pass the Co-Op supermarket on your right. Turn next right into FOXES CLOSE (which is designated PRIVATE). Follow the drive off to the left past The Old Dower House on your left. FOXES MANOR is next left behind the double gates, which will be unbolted for you.
1hr25 minutes from London Paddington to Kingham (15-minute drive)
85 minutes from London Heathrow, 60 minutes from Birmingham
The Manor benefits from its own private parking area with space for up to 5 cars. Please park on the hard standing gravel area, avoiding the grass. Please do not park outside the manor’s gates as this blocks access for our neighbours’ property. If you need additional parking space, please use the Pay & Display public car park by the Co Op, 100 yards from Foxes Close. The current fee for a day is £7.70 (coins only, no change given!)