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Old Manse


Sleeps 8
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
Set on a quiet country lane, just a gentle stroll into the beautiful town of Burford, the Old Manse is a glorious home in the most perfect of settings. With living, entertaining and sleeping space in abundance, this is a wonderful country house for gathering friends and family together and enjoying a magical escape to the Cotswolds. There are pretty countryside walks from the front door, a delightful village pub just a short amble down the lane and Burford’s iconic high street is no more than a 10-minute wander.
Full Description
The quiet village of Fulbrook sits on the outskirts of Burford, surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside. Burford’s pretty high street packed with independent shops, art galleries and gorgeous tea rooms is just a short walk down the hill and plenty of other Cotswold highlights including Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, and members club Soho Farmhouse are all within easy reach.

The Old Manse lies at the end of a long private driveway, surrounded by mature gardens. It’s an impressive home, which has been beautifully and thoughtfully renovated. The stylish, minimalist style allows the character and charm of this stunning house to shine. The ground floor offers oodles of space with a glorious kitchen-dining-living area designed with entertaining in mind. There’s a snug with a wood burning stove and even a study for those who need to work. The first floor is no less impressive with four superb large bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, and a further family bathroom.

Step outside and you’ll find a lovely terrace with space for outside dining and a large, extensive enclosed garden, which lends itself perfectly to long lazy afternoons snoozing in the sunshine. For families with children, there is plenty of space to run off excess energy. Keep your eyes peeled for the little rabbits and squirrels that come out to play. To the front of the Old Manse is a long front garden and a private driveway with plenty of parking for up to 4 cars.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
Warmed by underfloor heating, stone floors lead through the ground floor of the Old Manse, leading you past the study, snug, a useful ground floor cloakroom and the utility room, to the fabulous open-plan dining, kitchen and living area.

Pale wooden floors, and windows the front and side make this a peaceful space where you can retreat to work if needed, or just escape with a good book. There’s a wooden desk and desk chair, and a dove-grey occasional chair with a soft throw. During the cooler months things are kept cosy with a wood burning stove.

This lovely room is at the front of the house. The large, cushioned-filled grey corner sofa sits in front of the wood burning stove and windows to the front and rear flood the room with plenty of natural light. This is a great flexible space where on rainy days you can light the fire and settle in with a good film on the large Smart TV, or allow the children to play, whilst the grown-ups enjoy drinks in the main living area.

Utility Room:
Practically equipped with a washing machine and a tumble dryer, this spacious room is also a great space to dry off wet dogs and store outside coats and boots.

Open Plan Dining/Kitchen/Living Area:
This impressive area is beautifully finished and a delightfully sociable space. A pale wood, eight-seater dining table is the place for lazy breakfasts and elegant meals, whilst the well-appointed kitchen includes all the practical appliances needed including an electric aga style stove with an induction hob, large fridge freezer, dishwasher, and a fabulous coffee machine. The layout and design make meal preparation a joy. Those not in charge of the culinary creations can perch on one of the stools at the kitchen island with a glass of wine and keep the chef company. There is plenty of storage space including a double wine fridge and the abundance of windows ensures the whole area is filled with natural light. The far end is given over to the gorgeous living room. Finished in pale, neutral shades with two huge, super-soft four-seater sofas and a bespoke media unit housing the TV and sound bar, this is the natural hub of the house. Two sets of double doors lead out to the patio and the garden beyond.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
Arguably the master bedroom, this room offers a calming and restful place to retreat to after a busy day exploring the Cotswolds. The comfy super-king bed ensures a good night sleep, whilst a moss green velvet chair beneath the window is a place to relax with a good book. Large windows look out over the green lawn of the rear garden and fields beyond. A hanging rail is provided for guests to hang clothes.

The en-suite to bedroom three features a step-in shower cubicle, hand basin and WC, and a mirrored wall cabinet with lighting.

Bedroom Two:
This pretty room overlooks the front of the house, the three multi-pane windows afford views across to the church of St John the Baptist in Burford. The king-size bed is made up with beautiful White Company bed linen, it’s a blissfully tranquil room decorated in pale shades of white and cream. A built-in wardrobe and five-drawer chest ensure there is plenty of space to unpack.

Bedroom Three:
Double aspect windows look out to the side and front of the Old Manse from this second king-size bedroom. The inviting bed is made up with crisp white linen and soft woollen throws and the upholstered ottoman at the foot of the bed is an elegant feature. The built-in wardrobe provides ample storage for guests use.

The family shower room features a step-in shower cubicle, WC, handbasin and a mirrored wall cabinet with lighting. From the window, rural views stretch into the distance.

Bedroom Four:
Twin metal framed beds that could be straight out of the children’s novel ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ mean this spacious room is perfect for children and adults alike. There’s plenty of floor space for board games or simply relaxing and garden views from the multi-pane windows. A large chest of drawers is provided for guests to use.

This en-suite bathroom features a bath and a separate shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.


The Old Manse sits within large gardens. To the front a long driveway leads to the house from the quiet lane, a large lawn area with trees and planting, creates the perfect entrance to the house. To the rear is a large, enclosed garden and five steps down from the lawn to a terrace which runs the length of the house. There’s an eight-seater dining table and a corner sofa set, where you can relax with a morning coffee or evening drinks as the sun sets. The private driveway provides ample parking for four or more cars.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - Super king-size
  • Bedroom Two - King-size
  • Bedroom Three - King-size
  • Bedroom Four - Twin
  • 3 Bathrooms - 1 family bathroom and 2 en-suites
  • Hairdryer
  • Fire - Logs provided for initial fire 1st October to 31st March
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Wine fridge
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 8
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - Smart
  • Desk chair
  • Baby/child equipment not provided


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden - Enclosed rear lawn and patio, front lawn open to drive with gated access.
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 4 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Burford has a very well-stocked Mid-Counties Co-operative along with some excellent independent food shops, including W.J Castle butcher’s shop, Bumbles of Burford deli and fruit & veg shop, Hanley Deli, The Cotswold Cheese Company, and the Bakery on the Hill. The Bamford’s original farm shop Daylesford Organic is 10 miles.

Eating Out:
  • The Carpenters Arms, Fulbrook - lovely, local pub with good food (0.5 miles)
  • The Bull, Burford – a fine dining experience with a choice of restaurants for any occasion (1 mile)
  • The Chequers, Churchill – a traditional pub with an open fire and welcoming bar serving excellent homecooked food (9 miles)
The Cotswolds is full of beautiful walks, chiefly the 102 miles Cotswold Way which stretches from Chipping Campden in the north to Bath. However, there are also plenty of shorter, flatter walks around Burford. The Windrush circular is a 5 mile walk that begins and ends in Burford, with a lovely return stretch along the River Windrush. It’s perfect for those looking to explore a little further afield.

Places to Visit:
  • Burford Garden Centre – more than just a garden centre this is a shopping destination with gifts, food, homewares and more (2 miles)
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park – where the wild things are in the Cotswolds (4 miles)
  • Stow-on-the-Wold – ancient market town and one of the highest points in the Cotswolds (10 miles)
Train – Charlbury (9 miles) and Shipton-under-Wychwood (7 miles) have fast, direct services to Oxford and London Paddington
Taxis - Burford Taxis, Blenheim Taxis

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
  • 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted at the cottage for an additional fee. Please keep dogs on the ground floor only and keep dogs off the furniture.
  • Unfortunately, this property does not permit all adult groups under the age of 25. Hen and stag groups may be permitted on request please contact us, however, no parties are to be held at the property.
  • There is a CCTV system at the property, this will be disabled when the property is occupied.
  • A security deposit of £500 is required.


We had a wonderful stay at The Old Manse. The property is absolutely stunning and has been renovated to an exceptionally high standard. The welcome pack we were given on arrival contained an exceptional quality of goods which were very much appreciated. The location is fabulous .. near enough to Burford without being in the middle of the tourists. Claire .. the main contact was lovely and helpful to deal with.Could not fault anything about this house and Would highly recommend this beautiful home for a stay in the Cotswolds.

| 29/03/2024


The village of Fulbrook lies on the north side of the River Windrush, surrounded by footpaths and less than a mile from the honeypot Cotswold town of Burford. It has a popular 17th century pub and a church which dates to Norman times. Burford has an abundance of independent shops, tea rooms and excellent pubs and the village is perfectly located for exploring wider Cotswolds with Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Norton all with easy reach.