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Old Fox Cottage


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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.
Full Description

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.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
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 Kitchen:
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.

Utility/Laundry Room:
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.

Family Bathroom:
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.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
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.

Bedroom Two:
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
  • On-street parking
  • Central heating
  • WiFi - Fast Fibre Broadband
  • Child friendly
  • Laundry/utility room with combined washing machine, tumble dryer
  • All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
  • Electric woodburner
  • Hairdryer in every bedroom
  • Gas cooker with oven
  • Kenwood microwave oven
  • Hotpoint dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Cot (Please bring your own bedding as this is not provided)
  • 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 Inn, within 60 paces
  • Car recommended if wanting to explore
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

The Bretforton Community Shop and Café sells a wide range of essential items and is a two-minute walk away. Alongside the general groceries there are daily deliveries of fresh bread, milk, fruit, and vegetables, along with Outdoor Pig pork pies, sausage rolls and meat pies, local handmade cakes and an excellent selection of reasonably priced wine and beer. They also stock the local Spot Loggins ice cream. Nearby are a few excellent local farm shops: The Chadbury Farm Shop in Evesham, Ellerden Farm Shop (WR11 8LU) and Castle Nurseries (WR11 7RN).

For a larger shop, there is a well-stocked Co-op Food Shop in Honeybourne (2.4 miles), or head to Evesham (4 miles) where there is a Tesco, Waitrose, M&S Food Hall, Lidl, and ALDI.

Eating Out:
  • The Fleece (300 metres)
  • Eight Bells, Chipping Campden (5.5 miles)
  • Childswickham Inn & Brasserie (6.8 miles)

The owners recommend the brisk walk from Broadway’s High Street to Broadway Tower, designed in 1799 for the sixth Earl and Countess of Coventry, where your hard up-hill efforts are rewarded by magnificent views said to stretch to up to 12 counties wide. For those keen to continue their Cotswold explorations on foot, you can follow the Cotswold Way towards Snowshill on a 7-mile round trip, where the beautiful 15th century Snowshill Manor is well-worth a visit at the half-way point; as is a hard-earned rest stop at the Snowshill Arms. Alternatively, there are many footpaths around Bretforton including one right from the door. Head down Bridge Street and at the bridge turn left onto Back Lane. Before the bend by the farm there is a public footpath sign in front of you. Go through the gate following the path round to the road where you can either go straight ahead or turn right. Turn right and follow the road towards the bend, take the track in front of you and continue over the cattle grid. Just before you reach Allens Barn there is footpath sign on your right, follow this path back to the village.

Places to Visit:
  • Broadway Tower
  • Broadway Museum and Art Gallery
  • Snowshill Manor
  • Train - Honeybourne Station (1.8 miles) or Evesham Station (4.4 miles)
  • Taxis - Claremont Cars, ABC Private Hire
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
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • 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.
  • 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 


Absolutely stunning property down to every last detail. A stones throw from a great pub and in a beautiful little town full of period, thatched, stunning properties. I would highly recommend and will definitely be visiting again!
| 16/05/2022
We love the cottage, it’s like a home from home and very comfortable. This was our second visit in six months so that probably says it all! Thanks so much for a lovely stay in a gorgeous cottage with friendly villagers and a great pub within 50 steps! We will be back again!
| 02/04/2022
We booked Fox Cottage very last minute and felt very fortunate to have our booking accepted. This didn't take away from how clean and tidy the place was with a few essentials here for us on arrival. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Cotswolds and where better to stay than a quintessential cottage such as this. Very thoughtful touches with tasteful decoration made the ideal spot for a proposal ... She said YES! Would love to come back again and relive the special memories that we made here.
| 13/02/2022
Old Fox Cottage is one of our favourite family getaway destinations. We have visited multiple times with our two boys and would not hesitate to recommend the cottage for short or long stays. Adam and Lois are the perfect hosts, outfitting the cottage with all the amenities needed for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The village is charming and everything is a short walk away, including The Fleece Inn and the Bretforton Community Shop. We cannot wait to visit again!
| 20/12/2021
What a great little cottage. Clean, tidy, and everything you could need for a lovely break. Perfectly placed to visit all the great Cotswold villages.
| 07/12/2021
We had a lovely week in this very attractive and comfortable cottage. It is in a great location, as we were able to venture into Warwickshire and Oxfordshire as well as the Cotswolds. We had some delicious meals in the very atmospheric NT pub over the road.
| 05/12/2021
Immaculately clean on arrival. The location is very convenient for travelling around Cotswolds. 10-20 minutes drive to most villages. Bread, butter, milk and chocolate cake was a nice gesture.
| 18/11/2021


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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