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Brock Cottage

Kingham

Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Bathrooms
3
Family Friendly
No Pets
WIFI
50-99 Mbps
Hidden away at the end of a long and winding country track, just outside the peaceful hamlet of Foscot, Brock Cottage is a bohemian and eclectic retreat in a magical setting. The interior design is dramatic, vibrant, and unique whilst outside there are naturally beautiful gardens surrounded by trees. With six bedrooms and two mezzanine sleeping areas offering plenty of flexibility, the cottage is perfect for large families or friends with children. The spacious interior includes a fabulous open-plan kitchen-living room, warmed by a huge wood-burning stove and flanked by a wall of sliding glass doors that open fully to the enclosed garden.
Full Description

The approach to Brock Cottage sets the scene perfectly for your arrival. Lying within the Foxholes Nature Reserve, this is a place of blissful woodland seclusion. As you emerge from the trees, the long, low building, and its sweeping front lawn with giant sculptures, is revealed before you.

Stepping through the front door, this single storey residence leaps into life with vivid, eye-catching works of art, bright colours and individual furnishings, acquired from the owners’ global travels. The building is bathed in natural light thanks to the huge windows and multitude of skylights throughout. The impressive space of the open-plan kitchen/dining/living room is a social, multipurpose hub and features a vibrantly hued kitchen, dining table and welcoming seating area with sofas gathered around a large wood-burning stove. A wall of sliding glass doors opens to the private rear garden and the patio, seamlessly blending indoor/outdoor living. In addition to the six bedrooms there are two mezzanine sleeping areas (offering useful flexibility for families), plus a cosy snug/sitting room, and a large annex, which boasts a vaulted ceiling and wood-burning stove, L shaped sofa, a kitchenette and stairs to one of the mezzanine areas.

Beyond the sliding doors is a pretty patio area with a wisteria-strewn pergola. Surrounded by the sound of birdsong and the wind in the trees, it’s a wonderful spot for alfresco dining on warm summer evenings. This enclosed, beautifully natural garden offers an abundance of space and privacy and plenty of room for kids of all ages to burn off energy. There is a huge front garden with magnificent sculptures and parking for six cars. Stunning woodland walks through the Foxholes Nature Reserve start at the end of the drive.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
The bohemian vibe of Brock Cottage becomes evident from the moment of arrival. Vivid fuchsia pink curtains frame the doorway, and, in every direction, there is something to look at. Unique pieces of art hang on the wall and bookcases are packed with a diverse array of reading material. Two coat stands provide plenty of space for outdoor gear and there are baskets for shoes. A welly rack stands just outside the front door.

Snug/Sitting Room:
This cosy room features two three-seater sofas on either side of an open fireplace, vibrant purple walls, dramatic wall art and a colourful rug on the floor. The TV is cleverly hidden behind the built-in cupboard on the right of the fireplace. There are double doors out to the patio and garden, and doors (down one step) into the main kitchen/dining/living area. It’s a great space for kids and teens to watch a film or simply chill out away from the adults.

Kitchen/Dining/Living Room:
This vast sunny space is a fabulous, open plan sociable hub for the whole cottage. Bespoke metal light fittings hang in the vaulted ceiling, there’s a 10-seater dining table and a cute 4-seater table for little ones, plus a breakfast bar with three wooden-backed high stools. Floor to ceiling doors run the length of the room and the roof is studded with skylights. Pale lilac walls in the well-equipped kitchen area clash pleasingly with the bright green cupboards and stunning mosaic tiles, and there is a triple oven, gas hob, American-style fridge-freezer, dishwasher and all the equipment needed for wonderful family meals, inside or out. At the far end of the room, three colourful sofas are gathered around the wood-burning stove, creating a warm and cosy place to relax. There’s also a wall-mounted TV.

Utility/Laundry Room:
Three steps lead down into the Utility/Laundry Room. Here you’ll find a washer-dryer, vacuum cleaner, mops and brushes and an iron and ironing board.

Annex/Studio:
There is a short flight of stairs with four steps from the main living area down into the light-filled annex. This useful room has a wood-burning stove, fabulous bespoke light fittings, a large L shaped sofa and a kitchenette area with a fridge, oven, and induction hob. There is also a six-seater dining table and chairs. The front wall is made up of sliding glass doors which lead out to the front garden, there are also double doors out to the rear. A flight of steep handmade stairs lead up to a mezzanine area with a double loft bed. Please note that this room has a very restricted headroom and is a small space.

Bathroom:
Decorated in vibrant shades of deep orange and red, this bathroom features a full-size bath with a shower over, WC and a handbasin tucked into an alcove. There’s a full-length mirror and natural light from the roof Veluxe.

Bedroom One:
Hidden away at the end of the bookshelf-lined hall this characterful master bedroom is spacious and airy. French doors open to the front garden and roof skylights fill the room with light. A super-king bed sits in front of a striking wall mural, hand-painted by the owner Rowan as an homage to her family home in Southern India. Wooden bedside tables are topped with reading lamps, there’s a full-length wall mirror and plenty of storage with a vintage wooden wardrobe and a chest of drawers.

Ensuite:
The ensuite bathroom can be found down four steps at the end of the room and features a bath with a rainfall shower over and a hand-held shower and twin handmade, ceramic hand basins.

Bedroom Two:
This pretty room is filled with light with windows on three sides, white walls, and a bright rug. The super king-size bed (can be configured as a twin on request) features a hand-painted room screen as a headboard and the Moroccan-inspired design can be seen throughout with intricate lanterns and a delicately tiled wardrobe. A claw foot bath takes pride of place against one wall plus this room also has direct access to a Jack and Jill toilet (also accessible from the hallway).

Bedroom Three:
Perfect for a small family or people happy to share, this L-shaped room features a king-size bed and a single bed offset for privacy. Pale pink built-in cupboards provide plenty of storage and there’s a free-standing full-length mirror.

Bedroom Four:
With primrose yellow walls, an intricate metal lantern and double doors to the garden, this lovely king-size room is filled with sunshine. There are nightstands with reading lamps on either side of the bed and built-in cupboards provide storage.

Bedroom Five:
This pleasing room is perfect for younger guests with full-size bunk beds. (We would not recommend adults occupy the top bunk.) The walls are pale blue, there are plenty of children’s games and toys and lots of floor space for playing. Double doors lead out to the garden.

Bedroom Six:
Featuring a single bed, jungle-inspired wallpaper covered storage cupboards and alphabet panels, this is a fabulous bedroom for children. Steep stairs lead to a mezzanine area with a single mattress (very low headroom). This is a perfect hideaway for younger guests.

Family Bathroom:
Sitting between bedrooms three and five this bright bathroom features a bath with a shower over, WC, hand basin and large wall mirror, all set against a backdrop of fabulous turquoise and green tiles. Animal painted steps are provided to help little guests.


Outside


Surrounded by an acre of softly landscaped, beautifully natural garden and mature trees, Brock Cottage has an expansive front lawn, dotted with impressive sculptures, a sweeping gravel driveway and a private, enclosed garden to the rear. There’s a trampoline and a swing and plenty of places for epic games of hide and seek. The wisteria-clad pergola stands above a large, paved entertaining area and gives dappled shade on sunny days, there is an outdoor dining table and a charcoal barbecue for preparing alfresco feasts.

Full List of Facilities
  • Sleeps 14 (max 10 adults) in 6 bedrooms across 2 x super king (one can be twin bedded on request), 1 x king), 1 x family with king-size and a single bed, 1 bunk room and 1 x single. There are also two mezzanines, one above bedroom six and one above the annex, offering flexible sleeping arrangements (reduced headroom).
  • 3 bathrooms: 1 en-suite, 1 family, 1 in the annexe and a Jack and Jill W.C
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • No dogs or pets
  • Private enclosed garden
  • Wood burner in the kitchen/dining area, wood burner in the Annex and open fireplace in the sitting room/snug  – logs and kindling is supplied.
  • Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
  • Hairdryers
  • Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
  • Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
  • Heating and hot water via gas central heating with zone controls
  • Free Wi-Fi 50-99 Mbps (download) 60.67 Mbps (upload) – please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and not guaranteed.
  • Smart TV’s; kitchen/living area and Sitting Room/Snug
  • DVD Player(s) and DVDs
  • Games
  • Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
  • Triple Oven and Gas Hob
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge-Freezer
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Ironing board, iron, clothes airer,
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Annex with fridge, oven, and induction hob
  • Baby/Child Equipment: high chair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
  • Outdoor patio/seating area
  • Garden furniture:
  • BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

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 at the fuel service station for little bits and pieces. Nearby Chipping Norton (15-minute drive) also offers a well-equipped Sainsbury’s. We recommend a grocery delivery during your stay; Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all deliver to the cottage.

Eating Out:
  • The King's Head (1 mile)
  • The Kingham Plough (2.5 miles)
  • The Wild Rabbit (2.5 miles)
Walks:

Somewhat of a walkers’ paradise, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring the Cotswolds on foot from the cottage. The Oxfordshire Way - winding all the way from Bourton-on-the-Water to the banks of the River Thames in Henley - also passes through Kingham; a great option for those keen to join the trail. Just down the drive is also 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.

Places to Visit:
  • Chastleton House National Trust (5 miles)
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park (10 miles)
  • Cotswold Farm Park (11 miles)
Travel:
  • Train - Kingham Station, direct routes to London Paddington
  • Taxis - Jays Taxis, Stow on the Wold Taxi Service
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • There are 2 sets of steep staircases (one in the Annex and one in Bedroom 6), a small set leading down to the utility room, and down to the annexe, plus a large step from the kitchen to the hallway.
  • Sleeps 14 (maximum of 10 adults)
  • Brock Cottage is on the Foxholes Nature Reserve and the owners have been asked by the estate to make guests aware that the reserve has strict noise and light pollution rules – including for animal welfare reasons. Therefore, please refrain from playing loud music outside, or with the doors open after dark. The neighbouring property is a strict enforcer of these rules. 

Reviews

Lovely property in a very rural setting. The property is a great size, well stocked and the grounds are lovely. Great for a family or group weekend.
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Justine
| 16/05/2022
Brock Cottage is the perfect place for a big family or a group of friends. It is spacious, well equipped and off the beaten track (but not too far!). Communications from the host are exemplary and they also provide a complete guide in PDF format. The experience provided the best possible 'bolthole' for the wedding weekend of my youngest son.
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Nick
| 12/05/2022
We really enjoyed our stay at Brock Cottage. Owners were very accomodating, the space was great and an amazing big outside space with lots of kids play areas. We stayed for a family reunion, rooms were good and we liked the mix of all the decorations! Location wise there’s lots of places nearby you can drive too or walks in the area.
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Kate
| 20/04/2022
Our group of 10 adults and 4 kids and 1 infant was wonderful. The house was well equipped with everything we needed, particularly lots of kids' books and the garden had swings and a trampoline. The kitchen area was great for our dinners and the kitchen had everything we needed. We’d recommend it to any big group who wants to enjoy some downtime!
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Azadeh
| 20/02/2022
This was a wonderfully quirky property with all sorts of enchanting features and furnishings. Although mid-winter, its location in the middle of woodland provided a peaceful and interesting time for adults and children alike. We appreciated the provision of a Christmas tree in the living area.
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Tim
| 29/12/2021

Location

Brock Cottage sits within the 165-acre Foxholes Nature Reserve, which is a vision of wildflowers during the spring and summer. Autumn is no less spectacular as the trees explode with colour. The house is surrounded by walking trails including the 1.75-mile Wildlife Walk through the reserve – just follow the badger waymarkers. The village of Kingham is 2 miles away and has a couple of excellent pubs, whilst the King's Head in Bledington is a 2-minute car journey or a 20-minute walk.

 
 
 
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