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.
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
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
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
What a gem! Comfortable, beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. Also very cosy given it was minus 2 outside at night. The cake, bread, milk and butter were a very nice welcoming touch! The owners also provided a number of helpful recommendations, which were very much appreciated.
We can not thank enough to Adam and Lois [the owners] for making our stay at the Old Fox Cottage such a lovely and memorable experience. They are without any doubt the best hosts ever! The cottage is super beautiful and very tastefully decorated, it is full of lovely touches, generously supplied and spotlessly clean. We felt like at home from the very first minute, to the point that we decided to extend our holidays for another week!!!!
Cozy, quaint cottage in the picturesque village of Bretforton. There is also friendly pub opposite to the property offering delivery. Well-equipped kitchen and overall cozy vibe - fully decorated for Christmas.
"This is a top notch wonderful place to stay. The cottage is beautifully decorated with lots of lovely touches. It's in a very picturesque location and the Fleece Inn is 1 minutes walk for great takeaway ales and food during this tricky Covid time.
Old Fox Cottage was just what my little family of three needed after a crazy few months in 2020. The cottage is everything it looks from the online pictures and more; cozy, welcoming, spotless & well equipped. The location was perfect for exploring this beautiful part of the country and I agree with an earlier review that it was tempting to not give feedback and keep this little cottage a well kept secret! Thank you to the owners for giving such thought and care and sharing their little gem with others.
We absolutely loved our stay at Old Fox Hall Cottage. It’s in a beautiful spot and the cottage itself is just perfect. Really well equipped and beautifully furnished with great attention to detail. The garden is a lovely sun trap for a g&t in the sunshine! Proximity to the pub is also worth a mention, pizzas are the best!
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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