A beautifully thatched and beamed Cotswold cottage that’s immaculately and tastefully furnished and feels homely, loved and cherished. Old Fox Cottage is the quintessential chocolate-box Cotswold cottage that we’ve all surely dreamt of staying in. Sleeping four in a comfortable double master bedroom with king size bed and twin bedroom, it’s perfect for a family, two couples or one couple who like a little extra room. Centrally located in the historic village of Bretforton, it’s an ideal base to explore surrounding Cotswold villages – many of which are within a 10-minute drive – and super convenient if you’re invited to a wedding or function at the world-famous Fleece Inn, just a few steps away.
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property.
Located in the heart of Bretforton, just across from the village green, next door to Bretforton Village School’s playing field, within sight of St. Leonard’s Church and a stone’s throw from the National Trust-owned Fleece Inn, Old Fox Cottage will capture your heart even before you go in. The Tiffany-blue front door, with its foxy door knocker, peeping out from under the immaculate thatched roof, sets the tone for your stay here. It is a delightful property.
The owners, Adam and Lois, have worked tirelessly to produce a look and feel that is tasteful and luxurious throughout the cottage. With its peaceful blues, calm creams and woodland themes, you’ll feel particularly warm, cosy and cosseted here. The attention to detail is fantastic, with every mod con anticipated and provided. Shut the front door and all the worries of the world melt away.
What makes this cottage additionally attractive is the village of Bretforton itself, which is a friendly, welcoming place best demonstrated by its community shop, stocked with essential items and tasty goodies. Similarly, the Fleece Inn is a warm and friendly place with an impressive calendar of events and activities to enjoy while sampling their hearty menu and fine wines and beers. Even if you never venture further than Bretforton, you’ll have a great stay.
Enter through the partially glazed front door straight into the light-filled Entrance Hall, which combines as a snug vestibule (great for sinking into the comfy armchairs while pulling off boots and coats) and practical room with a cupboard for coats and wellies and a helpful umbrella stand. With its wooden floor, cream tongue-and-groove panelling and original beams, the Entrance Hall offers a warm welcome.
The Living Room:
The Tiffany blue and cream theme continues into this lovely room, tastefully furnished with two sumptuous armchairs and a large double sofa. The most striking feature in here is the inglenook fireplace with original beam work. Within the fireplace is a wood-effect electric burner. The Living Room is all ready for a cosy night in, where you can enjoy the large, flat-screen digital TV with Blu Ray DVD player and a wealth of films. Alternatively, there’s a Wii console with games if you’re feeling more energetic. An Emma Bridgwater DAB radio with iPod docking station on the dresser is set up for playing your own playlist or a podcast.
The beautiful and immaculate country-cottage kitchen has been carefully designed so that every appliance you’ll need for your stay is there, but cleverly hidden away to provide everything you need in a small space; the only obvious appliance is the gas hob with built-in oven and extractor hood above. However, an integral slimline Hotpoint dishwasher and an integral fridge can be found beside the cooker, whilst behind an ingenious bifold cupboard you’ll find the bread bin, Kenwood microwave, and Dualit toaster and kettle. The wall units house everything you’ll need to cater for your group. There’s also an iron under the large ceramic sink and a high chair, picnic basket and vacuum in the under-stair cupboard.
A compact space where you’ll find the Hotpoint combined washing machine/dryer, a small library of books, rechargeable tea light candles, and storage cupboards housing cleaning materials and the boiler.
As with the rest of the cottage, this room is impeccably and tastefully appointed with a limestone floor and travertine wall tiles. Relax and soak away stresses in the large roll top bath that sits under the small private window overlooking the side path. Or enjoy a rainfall shower in the separate elevated double-shower enclosure. The bathroom is thoughtfully stocked with all the shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath you could need – so don’t weigh your luggage down with those heavy items.
Streaming with bright light (even on an overcast day), the heated Dining Conservatory is a great living space: by day it’s an extra living and eating space where you’ll sit to enjoy your breakfasts and lunches and access the patio garden and BBQ outside. By night, it can be transformed into an intimate dinning space with shimmering lighting.
The oldest part of the cottage, the master double bedroom has a cosy yet luxurious feel, tucked under the beams and eaves. From the iron-frame king-size bedstead, you can enjoy private views through the traditional cottage windows. The cushioned window seat is a wonderful place to sit and while away some relaxation time.
The bedroom has a lovely full-length cheval mirror, a deep clothes closet, a hairdryer, and a digital flat-screen TV for bedtime viewing.
A delightful room with two large, single beds, fluffy bed linen with bed throws, original beams, and a window overlooking a flat roof to the patio beyond. Ideal for children, this room would also suit two adults because of its L-shaped layout, providing individual privacy in a shared space.
The area to the rear of the cottage has been laid to patio and is reached either through the side gate and path or through the back door from the Dining Conservatory. In this clever us of space you’ll find a lovely, ivy-walled sun trap. The main patio area is up two stone steps where there’s a large ‘Outback’ gas BBQ, a rattan-style patio table with four matching chairs to one side, and two rattan-style sofas with an all-weather coffee table on the other.
For a property in the heart of a village, this outside space is marvellously private being surrounded by high walls. (Note: one small window overlooks the area to one side but seems rarely unused.)
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (one double with king size bed, one twin)
Family bathroom with individual shower and bath facilities, complimentary shower gel and shampoo
WiFi - Fast Fibre Broadband
Laundry/utility room with combined washing machine, tumble dryer
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Hairdryer in every bedroom
Gas cooker with oven
Kenwood microwave oven
Cot (Please bring your own bedding as this is not provided)
Private enclosed garden – safe for children
Outdoor patio/dining area
Flat screen digital Samsung TV in Living Room plus digital Samsung TV in Master Bedroom
Historic pub, The Fleece Inn, within 60 paces
Car recommended if wanting to explore
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The Community Shop and Café has become a social hub for the village, selling a wide range of essential items and local produce. For a more substantial shop, there’s Warner’s Budgens, 6 miles away in Broadway. The Chadbury Farm Shop in Evesham is also an excellent source of fresh local produce. Alternatively, for a big weekly shop or if you need a pharmacy, there is a Morrisons and Tesco Superstore in Evesham.
The Fleece (300 metres)
Seagrave Arms (2.7 miles)
Horse and Groom (10 miles)
We’d recommend the brisk walk from Broadway’s High Street to Broadway Tower, designed in 1799 for the sixth Earl and Countess of Coventry, where your hard up-hill efforts are rewarded by magnificent views said to stretch to up to 12 counties wide. For those keen to continue their Cotswold explorations on foot, you can follow the Cotswold Way towards Snowshill on a 7-mile round trip, where the beautiful 15th century Snowshill Manor is well-worth a visit at the half-way point; as is a hard-earned rest stop at the Snowshill Arms.
Places to Visit:
Broadway Museum and Art Gallery
Train - Evesham Station (6 miles)
Taxis - Claremont Cars, ABC Private Hire
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Points of Note
Parking: There’s free on-street parking any time, day or evening, outside Old Fox Cottage. Alternatively, guests can park in the village square just opposite the cottage
Please be aware that Old Fox Cottage is a very old house and has steep stairs and low beams. There are also a few steps up to the outside, raised patio area
Due to these unique features, characteristic of a Grade II listed building, we would not recommend Old Fox Cottage for people who have mobility issues
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
A real find and beauty of a cottage. We had a wonderful stay.
We had a short break in September, and the cottage was beautiful and cosy and is exactly as seen in the photos. It is incredibly well equipped for any length of stay and there has been a lot of thought put into its restoration. Bretforton is a small village and is an ideal quiet base from which to explore the Cotswolds, and I’d recommend the Fleece Inn for beer and dinner! We will be back!
Old Fox Cottage is lovely! The conservatory is great to eat in. Well stocked with Blurays etc. The highest mattress I have ever slept on, but very comfortable! Lots of toiletries provided. Only thing I needed that wasn't available was a serving spoon. Handy for the Fleece Inn. Didn't get the weather for sitting in the garden or for a BBQ.
The chocolate cake on arrival was a lovely and very welcome gesture!
Old Fox Cottage is delightful. It is maintained throughout to a high standard. Nothing is spared...everything provided for a cosy and comfortable stay. The decor and furnishings are just stunning with many quirky features.
The cottage is set in the beautiful village of Bretforton close to the breathtaking surrounding villages and landmarks in the Cotswolds.
We will definitely stay here again.
I had read the fantastic reviews and so was confident that we would have a great time at Old Fox Cottage but the reality greatly surpassed my expectations! The cottage itself is absolutely stunning and the decor is marvellous! My children loved spotting all the little touches everywhere especially all the foxes!
We had everything we needed from bath bubbles for the kids to cake bread and milk for us which was just such a wonderful touch. I would re book in a heartbeat. Thanks you for a fabulous stay the only thing is I wish it had been longer!
Being just 6 miles from Broadway and Chipping Camden, 12 miles from Stratford-on-Avon, 18 miles from Cheltenham, 30 miles from Birmingham and 40 miles from Oxford, the best of the Cotswolds is on your doorstep. One of England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Cotswolds is renowned for its lovely, honey-gold stone cottages amidst quiet, well-preserved villages set in rural countryside. Walking, sight-seeing and cycling are the most popular activities with visitors to Old Fox Cottage.
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