Cotswolds Manor, Hot Tub, Sleeps 12. The oldest house in Bourton-on-the-Water, Foxes Manor is a magnificent Grade II listed, 16th Century property, across 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms. Rich in Jacobean history and retaining many original features – ancient mullioned stone windows, oak beams, impressive oak panelling, authentic floorboards, inglenook fireplaces and even a priest’s hole – the house provides a relaxing, comfortable and luxurious ‘home from home’ in the heart of the Cotswolds.
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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
Gallery and Floor Plan
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Sweeping through the open gates onto the crunching gravel drive, your first view of the beautiful, honey-gold Cotswold stone Foxes Manor is impressive. Despite its large size, the property maintains a charming understated quality. Tucked away at the bottom of a private drive, you almost fall upon it by chance. Who knows what this lovely manor house has seen over its 400 year history!
Closing the gates, you could enjoy the cocooned privacy for the entirety of your stay should you wish. The dry stone walls enclosing the pretty, landscaped garden embrace the safety of all guests – large, small or four legged. An imposing, ancient yew tree presides over the lawns, acting as guardian to the multitude of modern-day comforts that the owner, Jules, has worked hard to provide. You won’t be short of al fresco facilities – including the hot tub which accommodates 8, inconspicuously located behind the house in its own private courtyard.
Inside, Foxes Manor continues to impress with intriguing nooks and crannies that its warren of ancient staircases reveal. Once again, for an imposing house, the feeling of cosy exclusivity has been meticulously maintained by Jules – you won’t suffer lofty high ceilings blowing cold air here. Instead, you’ll be delighted by six, individually designed and sumptuous double bedrooms including a Superking brass and King size four poster beds, all tastefully furnished with antiques, original artworks, tapestries and rugs. Meanwhile the bathrooms, ensuites and wet room provide all the mod cons that modern living demands.
Miraculously, this hidden gem is literally a stone’s throw from the bustling beauty of Bourton-on-the-Water. The ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton is a thriving village with a wealth of attractions 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, dissected 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 a sight to behold!
- Sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms including Superking brass and King size four poster beds
- 4 bathrooms; 2 ensuite, 1 luxury wet room and 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 inc. 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 (NB linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
- 2 stairgates
- Private enclosed walled garden – safe for dogs and children – with a secret gate transporting you into the heart of the village
- 2 outdoor patio/dining areas – front and back
- Garden furniture – seats 12
- 2 x BBQ (coal)
- 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 Birmigham – transfers from Moreton in Marsh or Kingham railway stations available
A short walk down the paved pathway intersecting the landscaped front lawns you’ll find the wisteria covered, heavy oak front door resplendent with the carved features of four of the Apostles (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Using your individual entry code on the keyless digital lock, step in to find the welcoming marble floored Entrance Hall – the ideal place to kick off muddy boots, cast aside coats or find brollies in the umbrella stand. The antique dresser with its gilt mirror facing you proves the most appropriate location for messages, notes and indeed, this Welcome Pack. You know you’ve arrived!
Original wooden staircase to the right, leading up to the Mistress Suite.
Straight through to…
Downstairs Wet Room
Step upinto 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 hosting cleaning materials, washing machine, tumble dryer, American fridge freezer, first aid kit and wireless printer (good for printing out boarding passes, recipes, maps for walks etc). 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 7’ 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 arworks and tapestries – a consistent feature throughout the house.
The huge oak table easily seats 12 and is just waiting for a fire and candlelit banquet. In the solid antique oak cabinet you’ll find table cloths, mats, napkins and even a fondu set and reclet. Everything you could need for entertaining. NB In the cupboard marked ‘Private’ you’ll find the stairgates and high chairs should you need them.
A particularly well-appointed space with cream country cottage cabinets, quarry tiled floor and intimate window seat breakfast bar – a great place for the first couple of early morning risers to nestle. Catering facilities extend to a 1 ½ gas hob range cooker with 5 gas points plus a 1 ½ range electric oven underneath – ideal for cooking for a large party. There’s also another fridge, dishwasher, bread maker, microwave and Nespresso machine. (Bread mixes and Nespresso pods can be bought at the nearby Co-Op.) A small library of cookery books embracing seafood, meat, vegetarian, desserts, bread and wine is on hand for reference, should you need inspiration.
The cabinets are fully stocked with more than enough crisp white crockery, martini and Gatsby champagne flutes for 12 house guests. All dishwasher friendly! In addition, you’ll find a shelf full of unbreakable glasses for all your al fresco dining in the garden and hot tub. Jules has really tried to think of everything for you.
Back door access to private Hot Tub courtyard.
Through Kitchen to…
The Living Room
A sumptuous, comfortable chill out room, furnished in peaceful creams and ivory to complement the dark oak floor, original artworks and plush proper curtains . Curl up in front of a roaring 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 smokers chair by the fireplace, an Ottoman or two comfy armchairs. Why not 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 Jules has left for guest use.
Stairs from Entrance Hall leading to…
Mistress Suite (Double bedroom one)
The first in a series of what can only be described as draw-droppingly beautiful bedrooms. The Mistress Suite’s key feature is the 6’ Superking 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 antique furniture waits to further serve – a knee hole desk, chest of drawers and wardrobe should you need them. A further feature of this room is its original stone fireplace, beams and crooked mullion windows. The wig cabinet in the wall bears witness to the age of this part of the house. Whoever chooses this room will sleep soundly with history surrounding them.
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 surprisingly 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 peppered with vintage cushions offsets the Kingsize dark mahogany sled bed with its 5’ mattress – perfect to sink into after a long day. 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 Kingsize dark mahogany sled bed with 5’ mattress. The suite boasts a large stone fireplace and practical built in wardrobe as two of its key features – a real treat for a roaring fire with a book at bedtime – but the most outstanding feature of the room is the priest hole, currently used as a tiny personal library and cosy dressing area.
Opposite the priest hole are the private en suite facilities that serve this master bedroom – a dual control Lefroy Brooks rain shower with white WC and corresponding washbasin.
Staircase from 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 the eaves, the twin bedroom has been painstakingly thought out to provide maximum privacy in a shared room. Both of the 3’ 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 drenches the room with warm sunlight.
Across landing to…
Mezzanine Bedroom (Double bedroom five)
Nestling cosily in the opposite eaves, Bedroom 5 hosts a comfy 4’6” double bed and enjoys its own private windows on two sides overlooking the front garden. This bedroom has a mezzanine feel to it – at one end there’s a banister and small back staircase that leads down to the Mistress Suite.
Up a short flight of stairs to…
Four Poster Master with Private EnSuite Bathroom (Double bedroom six)
Hiding on the top floor is possibly the most exclusive of Foxes Manor’s bedrooms. Taking pride of place is the Kingsize mahogany four poster bed which dominates the room. Luxury abounds everywhere in here – with majestic bedding, soft lighting, shaggy sheepskin rugs and antique furniture making the most of the privacy this top floor suite provides.
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 selective borders and pot planting for a pop of colour. Extending to ¼ acre, it’s safe for children and pets to play in with 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 used as a BBQ). This part of the garden has been considerately thought out with sunloungers, 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. 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 – good for the odd cocktail or two.
Adjacent to the private gate but in its own private courtyard is the Hot Tub – a firm favourite with guests and floodlit at night. This will be set up and ready for use on arrival. There’s also a BBQ in the courtyard and handy access into the house either through the Kitchen door or the Utility / Laundry Room through to the W
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 brand new Co-Operativesupermarket which is well stocked with everything you’ll need for your stay. It’s open 7am to 10pm, Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sunday and ideal for all your provisioning needs.
Bourton-on-the-Water village itself will spoil you with its choice of boutiques, pubs, coffee shops and tea rooms – great for a cream tea or two. Our favourite restaurants are theRose 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,once again a stone’s throw from the back gate.
The village also hosts a rather lovely old fashioned Post Office and Hartwell’straditional hardware store – well worth a visit.
When you’re ready to go adventuring, the Slaughter villages (Upper and Lower) are only a 15 minute walk. Lower Slaughter Manorhas a great reputation locally for fine dining and cocktails. Whilst further afield you’ll find the reknown Lords of the Manor, Soho Farmhouse and Dalesford Farm – book before you go!
Should you have the misfortune of feeling unwell whilst you’re with us, there’s a doctor’s surgery in the village and hospitals nearby in Moreton-in-Marsh and Cheltenham. The nearest vet is Stow Veterinary Surgeons in Moreton-in-Marsh.
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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.
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!)