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Brock Cottage

Kingham

Sleeps 14
Bedrooms
6
Bathrooms
3
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
2
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

Indoor

  • Bedrooms - 6 bedrooms across 2 x super king (one can be twin 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 (reduced headroom)
  • 3 Bathrooms - 1 en-suite, 1 family, 1 in the annexe and a Jack and Jill W.C
  • Hairdryer
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - 1x seats 10, 1x seats 4 little ones and additional breakfast bar seats 3
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 50-99 Mbps
  • TV - Smart
  • DVD Player
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair

Outdoor

  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 6 cars
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
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences. 
  • 2 well-behaved dogs accepted for an additional fee.
  • It is the policy of this property not to take bookings for groups where the majority of guests are under the age of 25, or single-sex group celebrations, including stag/hen parties.5. This property is ideal for family groups.
  • 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.

Reviews

We found this to be the perfect place to celebrate a milestone birthday with a small group of adults and young children. The house was spacious, with plenty of areas for adults to relax in and for kids to occupy themselves with well stocked games, books and a large outdoor trampoline. All of the bedrooms had personal bathrooms, the kitchen was well equipped for cooking large group meals and the log burners made it feel extra cosy in the evenings. The site is well positioned to get to a number of beautiful Cotswold towns, there are some lovely walks around the nature reserve in clearer weather, and the welcome pack provided plenty of ideas for days out. We made use of the discounts provided on booking with Bolthole Retreats, and would highly recommend a visit to Blenheim Palace. A fantastic trip and definitely a place to come back to.

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Emma
| 18/02/2024

We had the best big family Christmas at Brock Cottage. There was plenty of space for everyone with an extremely well-stocked kitchen and such comfortable spaces to spend time as a family. It was the perfect balance of spacious and cosy. We loved the unique vibe and the location is ideal for exploring either on foot or with short drives to all the Cotswolds must-see spots. We’d definitely stay again, thank you!

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Gabby
| 23/12/2023

Excellent property, quirky and with lots of space for a group to spread out. A very helpful host who responded rapidly to any queries.

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Jody
| 03/11/2023

Set in a very rural location Brock Cottage was perfect for our family weekend. The cottage is large and rambling with memorable decorations. With 8 adults plus 5 children ages 1 to 5, there was plenty of space for everyone. We were very lucky with the weather as the garden was a perfect place to have outdoor fun. Brock Cottage was well-equipped with everything we needed.

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Kathy
| 26/10/2023

We all loved our stay here it was a great place to catch up with friends and their children. The house is amazing so much space and we loved the art.The location was fantastic, so peaceful and quiet. The children really enjoyed running around in the garden and exploring. We loved visiting Daylesford the farm shop is great for a special treat!

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Ahmad
| 06/08/2023

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.