An immaculately and tastefully furnished, authentic, thatched Cotswold cottage that feels homely, loved and cherished. Sleeping four across a comfortable double master and twin bedrooms, it’s perfect for a family or group of 2 + 2. 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.
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- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - On a quiet lane outside of the cottage
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
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Located in the heart of Bretforton, just across from the village green, next door to Bretforton 1st School’s playing field, within sight of St. Leonard’s Church and a few steps from the world famous Fleece Inn, Old Fox Cottage captures your heart even before you enter. The Tiffany blue front door offset in its cream walled exterior, peeping out under the eyebrows of an immaculate thatched roof, automatically sets the tone for your stay here. It’s delightful.
The foxy door knocker also hints at what you’ll find inside – for indeed, the owners Adam and Lois have worked tirelessly to continue a look and feel that is both tasteful and luxurious throughout. Peaceful blues, calm creams and woodland animal themes abound. 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.
Bretforton is a friendly, welcoming village best demonstrated by its community shop, stocked with essential items and tasty goodies. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, they’ll suggest an alternative. Similarly, the famous Fleece Inn has an impressive calendar of events and activities to make sure that there’s always something going on to help celebrate their hearty menu, fine wines and beers. If you never venture further than Bretforton, you’ll have had a good time.
However, 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 Cotswold’s is renown for its lovely, honey-gold stone cottages amidst quiet, well-preserved villages set in rural countryside. Walking, cycling and promenading are the most popular pastimes for everyone to enjoy.
- Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (one double, one twin)
- Family bathroom with individual shower and bath facilities, complimentary shower gels and shampoos
- On-street parking
- Central heating
- Child friendly
- Laundry/utility room with combined washing machine, tumble dryer
- All bed linen, bath towels inc. tea towels provided
- Electric woodburner
- Hairdryer in every bedroom
- Gas cooker with oven
- Kenwood microwave oven
- Hotpoint dishwasher
- High chair
- Integral stairgate
- Private enclosed garden – safe for children
- Outdoor patio/dining area
- Patio furniture
- Gas BBQ
- Flat screen digital Samsung TV in Living Room plus digital Samsung TV in Master Bedroom
- Historic pub, The Fleece within 60 paces
- Car recommended if wanting to explore
Enter through the partially glazed front door straight into the light-filled Entrance Hall which combines as a snug vestibule – great to sink into comfy armchairs whilst pulling off boots, removing coats and discarding paraphernalia on the cream cottage dresser. A really peaceful yet practical room with wooden floor, cream tongue and groove panelling and original beams, the Entrance Hall offers a warm and loving welcome. There’s a cupboard for coats and wellies and a helpful umbrella stand for more blustery days.
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 huge open hearth with original beamwork over the woodburner beneath. It’s all ready for a cosy night in, enjoying the large, flat screen digital TV with Blu Ray DVD player and wealth of films. Alternatively, there’s a Wii console with games for rainy days. If you’d prefer to simply listen to your own playlist or a podcast, there’s an Emma Bridgwater DAB radio with iPod docking station on the dresser.
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The beautiful country cottage kitchen has been impeccably thought-through. The only obvious appliance is the gas hob with built in oven and extractor hood above. However, an integral slimline Hotpoint dishwasher and 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 even an iron under the large ceramic sink whilst the deceptively spacious under stair cupboard stores a high chair, picnic basket and vacuum.
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A compact space where you’ll find the Hotpoint combined washing machine/dryer, a small library of books, re-chargeable tea light candles and storage cupboards housing cleaning materials and the boiler.
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A really sumptuous room for a perfect pampering, once again impeccably and tastefully appointed with limestone floor and travertine tiles. Relax and soak away stresses in the large roll top bath that sits majestically under the small private window overlooking the side path. Or enjoy a rainfall shower in the separate elevated double shower enclosure. Adam and Lois have thoughtfully stocked the cabinet with all the shampoo and bubble baths you could need – so don’t weigh your luggage down with those heavy items.
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Streaming with airy sunlight, the Dining Conservatory is a great dual living space. By day it doubles as additional living space for breakfasts, quick lunches and convenient access to the patio garden and BBQ outside. By night, it shimmers with romantic lighting for an intimate dinner around the glazed-topped dining table. A room for four seasons.
Stairs from kitchen turning right into…
Master double bedroom
Undoubtedly the oldest part of the cottage, the master double bedroom has a unique opulent feel, tucked cosily under the beams and eaves with cushions galore for company. From the sumptuous vantage point of the iron double bedstead, you can enjoy private views of both Main Street and the primary school playing field through the traditional cottage windows. The window seat provides an extra sense of luxury and privacy. It’s really quite exquisite.
Yet once again, Adam and Lois have thought of everything you would need here. There’s a lovely full length cheval mirror, a huge deep storage closet for your clothes, a hairdryer in a box inside and a digital flat screen TV for bedtime viewing.
Stairs from kitchen turning left into…
A really cute, tasteful room with two large single beds, fluffy bed linen with bed throws, original beams and 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 outside of the cottage to the rear has been laid to patio and is reached either through the side gate and path or through the back door from the Dining Conservatory. A lovely, ivy-walled sun trap, the main patio area is up two stone steps where you’ll find a huge ‘Outback’ gas BBQ flanked by a Rattan patio table with four matching chairs on one side and two Rattan sofas with 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 – however there is one small window overlooking the area on one side which appears unused.
Bretforton is a small Cotswold village with a remarkable beating heart. The Community Shop and Café has become a social hub for the village, selling a wide range of essential items and local produce from 7.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm Saturday and 9am – 1pm Sunday. You can find the Community Shop in the same grounds at Bretforton Social Club, which can be accessed by car from New Street or on foot by Main Street. For a more substantial shop, there’s Warner’s Budgens, 6 miles away in Broadway (open 8am – 9pm Monday – Sunday). The Chadbury Farm Shop in Evesham is also an excellent little source of fresh local produce. Alternatively, for a big weekly shop or if you need a pharmacy, there’s Morrisons and Tesco Superstore in Evesham.
If you don’t fancy cooking, The Fleece Inn is just across the village green. When asparagus is in season, it’s the only place to really enjoy this local speciality. The local faggots, home-made pies and fish and chips are favourites of ours. (They even do take away fish and chips, cider and beers!)
When you’re ready to go adventuring, Broadway, Broadway Tower and Chipping Camden are great for seasoned walkers or a short car trip out. Whilst further afield, Bourton-on-the-Water is a firm favourite for children with its famous Model Village, Birdland and ice cream parlours.
Should you have the misfortune of feeling unwell whilst you’re with us, there’s a doctor’s surgery in Evesham and hospitals nearby in Worcester and Cheltenham. The nearest dentist is Evesham Dental Health Team.
Walking & Cycling Guides
The post code for sat nav purposes is WR11 7JJ.
Enter Bretforton from the B4035 onto Main Street, passing Bretforton Manor on your right and St Leonard’s Church on your right. You’ll arrive at the heart of the village, distinctive with its central square. Old Fox Cottage is on your left on Main Street, facing the central square. It’s a cream painted, thatched cottage with Tiffany blue front door and picket gate – with a name sign to help you.