Tucked away down a long and winding private country track, just outside the peaceful hamlet of Foscot, 2 miles from Kingham, is this seriously cool property sleeping up to 14 guests in 7 bedrooms (plus 2 infants in cots), with 4 bathrooms – 2 ensuite. An eclectic haven with dramatic interior décor and beautiful gardens, complete with trampoline and swings, and lots of separate indoor spaces to explore and find some privacy. This stunning home is perfect for large families or friends with children, with two bedrooms specifically set up for little ones. There’s even an uber-stylish annex with its own log burner and loft sleeping area that would be great for teens or a bit of seclusion.
Family events are welcome at the property, but 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. Also, 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 and reported.
As you approach Brock Cottage, passing Foxholes Nature Reserve, you’ll know you’re in for an incredible experience as soon as you emerge through the trees and up the drive to the sweeping garden with its mature trees, lawn and giant sculpture. It’s time for some blissful countryside seclusion!
This inviting, light and bright, single-story residence leaps into life as soon as you step inside, with vibrant eye-catching artwork, bright colours and unique furnishings throughout, all sourced from owners Adam and Rowan’s private collection of quirky international artefacts. The light bathes the property thanks to its many skylights, windows and bi-fold doors.
The hub of the home is the impressive kitchen-diner located just off the entrance hall, featuring a well-equipped kitchen, quirky living space with sofas and TV, large wood-burner and huge floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. This fabulous family and friends’ ‘hub’ expertly blends indoor/outdoor living through a wall of sliding doors out onto the pretty patio. Sheltered from the elements by a wisteria-strewn pergola, this area features a dining table and charcoal BBQ – perfect for al fresco dining.
Kids and big-kids alike have plenty of room to burn off energy thanks to the mature one-acre garden that sweeps around the property, with a trampoline (enclosed), swing and mini slide. The cottage sits within Foxholes Nature Reserve, providing stunning woodland walks right from the doorstep, which burst into life with carpets of bluebells in the spring. (See the Guide Book for more details).
The cottage’s unusual and exciting interior decor strikes your senses as soon as you enter the hallway, with walls filled-to-the-brim with a mixture of eclectic artwork greeting you as you step into the light-filled space. From the hallway, go straight ahead across the wooden flooring to the Snug and the Kitchen/Living area; or to the right to Bedroom 1 and Bedroom 6; or sharp left to Bedroom 2; or right through a hidden door to Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5!
A cosy sitting room complete with log fire, sink-in sofas and vibrant purple walls (plus a cleverly-concealed TV).
This spacious open-plan hub boasts a stylish 10-seater oak dining table and cute 4-seater table for little ones, high vaulted ceilings, and beautiful floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead out to the patio and garden. The well-equipped kitchen, with plenty of cutlery, crockery and glassware for all, benefits from a triple oven, gas hob, large American-style fridge and dishwasher, brought to life by vivid green cupboards and gorgeous mosaic tiles. Following on from the kitchen/dining area is comfy lounge area at the far end; complete with TV and large wood-burner.
Utility / Laundry Room:
Here you’ll find the washer/dryer, sink, vacuum, mop, iron/brushes and ironing board, and the boiler.
The Annexe- Studio:
(Note: this is the Games Room on the Floorplan).
Head down a short flight of stairs from the Kitchen/Living area to the eye-catching Annexe/Studio complete with huge contemporary chandeliers, double sofa bed, wood-burner, 4-seater dining table, kitchenette, and sliding doors to the front and rear garden. Carrying on the impressive contemporary-meets-traditional feel of the property, this additional studio space is where you’ll find a small-double sleeping area at the top of a quirky hand built, purple and green staircase. Behind the stairs is a beautifully designed bathroom, with full-size bath, overhead shower, sink and toilet, decorated with deep orange and red mosaic tiling.
Tucked away down a book-lined corridor along from the entrance hall and down a short flight of steps is Bedroom 1, the master bedroom, with a sink-in super king bed, en-suite bathroom, with bath, hand-held shower, toilet, heated towel rail and gorgeous handmade orange and yellow ceramic sinks. French doors open directly onto the property’s sheltered front garden. In here, the owners’ passion for art shines through the mural wall behind the bed; hand-painted by owner Rowan as an homage to her family home in southern India. A stand-alone crib also fits comfortably to the side of the room.
Found through a stable-door to the left of the entrance hall, Bedroom 2 has a king-sized bed (configurable as a twin) and bright, Moroccan-inspired interiors, evident through its sparkling lantern lights, cool blue hues and incredibly intricate, tiled wardrobe. The showstopper is the roll-top bath taking pride of place in the room itself, plus there’s a handy en-suite toilet room, accessible from Bedroom 2 and the Hallway (with locks on either side!).
From the Hallway head left through the secret cupboard door to bedrooms Three to Five, which share a family bathroom.
Bedroom 3, with its golden and buttercup yellow hues, is great for 2 adults, with a king-sized bed, built-in cupboards, and French doors leading directly onto the garden. This is where you’ll find the extra foldable cot.
This L-shaped twin room is perfect for anyone who is happy to share but wants a little bit of privacy, provided by the offset arrangement of the beds. Features in-built cupboards and India-inspired décor.
A lovely cool-blue room for younger guests, with full-sized bunk beds, a great toy collection, in-built cupboards, and plenty of space for playing, plus its own set of French doors leading out to the rear garden.
The azure-blue and chrome family bathroom, sitting between Bedroom 3 and 5, with full-size bath, over-bath shower, sink, toilet, and heated towel rail is a relaxing yet vibrant space to chill and bathe.
Bedroom Six (+ Mezzanine Bedroom 2):
Located just off the entrance hall, Bedroom 6’s Rudyard Kipling-esque wallpaper will speak to book-lovers of all ages. A den lovers dream, this bedroom is perfect for younger guests, accommodating up to two children in a single bed on the ground floor and on a small double mattress hidden in the rafters up a small wooden ladder - perfect for mini-explorers in search of a hideaway.
Brock Cottage offers blissful seclusion by the bucketful thanks to its rural location and sweeping one-acre garden, surrounding the property like a pretty, green cocoon. Mostly to lawn, with mature trees and shrubbery, this softly landscaped, slightly wild garden provides complete privacy for guests. With a trampoline, swing, baby slide and children’s table little ones will be kept happy for hours. The cottage’s rear garden, accessed through the kitchen/dining area’s sliding doors, also benefits from a large paved entertaining area complete with an outdoor dining table and charcoal BBQ; sheltered from the elements by a wisteria-strewn pergola. To the front, is an impressive sculpture, lion and swing, plus a garden shed where extra logs and kindling are stored for guests use. Just down the drive is the entrance to Foxholes Nature Reserve, a 165-acre reserve with a 1.75-mile Wildlife Walk clearly marked with badger waymarkers.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 14 (+2 infants in cots) across 7 bedrooms: 1x super-king, 2x king, 1x twin, 1x bunk bed, 2x small singles, 1x small double.
Utility room with sink, washer/dryer, iron and ironing board.
All bed linen, bath towels and kitchen tea towels provided
Logs, kindling and firelighters provided
Ovens: triple oven and gas hob
1 high chair
1 fixed full-size cot (NB linen for travel cots not supplied. Please bring your own.)
1 foldable cot (NB linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/dining area
Garden furniture – seats 8
BBQ charcoal (charcoal not provided)
3 Satellite TVs: in the Living Area, Snug and Annex
Trampoline – large and enclosed
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.
The King's Head (1 mile)
The Kingham Plough (2 miles)
The Wild Rabbit (2 miles)
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)
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
Parking for up to 6 cars on gravelled driveway
There are 2 sets of steep staircases (one in the Annexe and 1 in Bedroom 6), and a small set leading down to the Utility Room, and down to the Annexe, plus a large step from the kitchen to the Hallway
Family events are welcome at the property, but 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
Noise: the property is situated in a rural and environmentally sensitive area, with a few close neighbours. We therefore respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum after 10pm, especially outside on warmer evenings
Fireworks: We appreciate that fireworks might be fun to have for a family celebration, but they present too high a risk and disturb wildlife. Therefore, please do not use fireworks in any area, inside or outside, while staying at the property
A maximum of 10 adults can be accommodated
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
A fantastic eclectic sprawling family home in the middle of nowhere - perfect for big family gatherings. This home is obviously well loved with lots of memories and is full of wonderful art and belongings from journeys travelled. We went for my Mum's 75th with 7 adults and 4 kids and had heaps of room with beds to spare. The kids loved all the different spaces and the trampoline was a huge hit and with 3 lounge areas, we could shut the door on the kids TV when needed which was fab!! The garden is great but is quite overgrown in places though so you may have to watch small children.
Anna - August 2021
Unique property excellent for a family get together. We had four generations and everyone had plenty of space. The art objects around the property give it a lovely feel and plenty of interesting play space for young and old.
Gordan - August 2021
A perfect bolt hole for a get together with family and friends. Idyllic, relaxed, spacious and full of quirky art, books, nooks and places to sit and enjoy being in nature. It was wonderful. The children absolutely loved all of the garden toys, the rope swings, trampoline, dens, stream and the whole experience, as did we. We will absolutely be back!
Kitty - August 2021
We loved the quirky, spacious, well equipped house. Beautiful, individual decor. Very private. Idyllic walks from the house. Perfect for our family get together. If we had to pick a negative I would say maybe the lane leading to the house - long and tricky to negotiate. Maybe some blinds in the annex would help if using that space for sleeping. All in all a fabulous holiday though, thank you.
Perfect location, really suitable for large families, very spacious
Located just a short drive from the village of Kingham, renowned as a foodie hotspot. For those wanting to venture slightly further afield, we’d highly recommend a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold, a pretty market town just 5 miles down the road that packs a punch when it comes to culinary credentials. Check out The Porch House, a 10th century inn in the heart of the town with good beer and a great lunch menu, before heading to The Old Butchers for dinner; a Michelin Guide must-visit where pre-booking is definitely recommended.
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