Barn | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Oak House, set in a tranquil North Cotswolds valley. Beneath big skies, in big spaces, create wonderful memories. And total relaxation. Crafted in traditional Cotswolds style from a single storey barn with Enjoy England 5 Star Gold luxury, Oak House has something money can't buy - fabulous, tranquil views down this peaceful valley. It has everything you need to make your holiday or special weekend exceed everyone’s expectations. Lovingly furnished throughout with six bedrooms and stunning reception rooms with panoramic views. Children can let off steam in the heated summer pool, 7 acres of grounds, games room and huge playground. At Oak House leave all your cares behind. A very special place.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 65 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (12), Double beds (6), Cots (3), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
Oak House has huge living spaces with two fantastic, glass-fronted reception rooms for you to relax and entertain in. Both have stunning uninterrupted countryside views down the valley to hills beyond and the old oak tree.
The Oak Room is a huge - 9m x 6m, oak-framed room with lots of oak beams and masses of comfy sofas. A wall of windows looks over the valley and there is a huge home cinema TV at one end of the room with full Sky package. French windows open onto a big terrace with amazing views on one side, and the stylish, sun-trap courtyard garden on the other, leading towards the pool terrace and games room.
The Family Room at Oak House is a wonderful, light open-plan living space, with an oak floor, fully equipped kitchen area, island for chopping or chatting, enormous dining space with a stunning oak table and a relaxed, modern lounge area, complete with log-burning stove. French windows from the Family Room open out onto a big terrace with beautiful views down the valley. There is a barbecue and plenty of garden furniture for everyone to enjoy al-fresco dining.
At Oak House there is bags of room for 12 to sleep in sumptuous luxury. Each bedroom is piled high with soft pillows, cushions and throws. Our beds are all pocket sprung and for your convenience can be set up either as twins or doubles. Every bedroom has a luxurious ensuite bath or shower room with all the trimmings.
The four Oak House bedrooms are grouped around our beautiful south-facing courtyard garden, with the two Stables bedroom suites just a stone's throw away across the garden.
What Else is Inside?
Soak up the views from the beautiful oak dining table that can seat up to 14 guests in comfort. There are masses of squishy sofas in the Family Room and Oak Room, giving everyone space to spread out.
Enjoy the home cinema, with surround-sound and the full Sky package, including movies and sport. There’s an iPod dockstation - just dock your iPod and let your tunes fill the house.
For further entertainment, there’s a library of DVDs for adults and children, lots of games and toys, and for your enjoyment, lighting designed by a leading UK lighting company.
Babies and toddlers are most welcome and we provide high chairs and cots at no extra charge.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside, there are two large and private terraces/gardens, created by our inspirational garden designer and 7 acres to explore. In summer, spend the day in and around the stylish outdoor heated swimming pool - a 8.5m wide hexagon set in a sheltered, south-facing pool terrace. Children also love the adventure playground with climbing frame, swings, slide, two king-size trampolines and a two-storey playhouse. More details below!
Playground & Games Room
The adventure playground is in one of the paddocks, just beyond the sun terrace. There’s a great wooden tower and climbing frame, two giant trampolines, swings, slide and a two-storey playhouse. In the summer, mown paths through the long grass make a great natural playground. In the autumn, the hedges are full of juicy blackberries for you to enjoy.
The stylish, heated outdoor swimming pool is set in a large, sunny, south-facing terrace. It is in a wonderfully sheltered position, surrounded by hornbeam and yew hedges with fencing and a gate for peace of mind with children. Open from May to September.
The games room is in a garden room opposite the pool terrace. There’s a pool table, table football and lots of fun stuff for children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Just the place for the children to hang out or mums and dads to let off steam.
Garden & Grounds
Our gardens are designed by top Cotswolds-based garden designer, Paul Williams. They combine the best of English country-house tradition with contemporary style. Wander out from the Oak Room to spend a quiet moment or gather with family in the beautiful courtyard garden. It offers a a perfect, secluded sun trap, sheltered behind big yew hedges. Pass through the courtyard garden gate to the pool terrace, and to the games room which is just round the corner of the Oak House.
Oak House is perfect for family get-togethers or relaxed groups of friends. Especially good for children. Special extras can be arranged. Our chef is highly recommended and there is a huge array of country pursuits on offer nearby.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Your Cotswolds Experience
Oak House is set in open countryside in the Gloucestershire North Cotswolds, the UK's largest Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty. Chipping Campden - hailed as the most beautiful village in England and the jewel in the Cotswold's crown is nearby. There are breathtakingly beautiful scenes to be enjoyed and explored. Villages of honey-coloured cottages crafted from Cotswold stone, rolling hills are a stunning backdrop to the villages.
Welcoming local pubs and restaurants abound, many of which enjoy an excellent gastronomic reputation. There is Stratford-upon-Avon with its fascinating history and culture and the bright lights and spas of Cheltenham and Oxford are waiting to be explored. For shopping, savour fresh food from the many local farmers' markets and farm shops.
Children will love days out at Warwick Castle, with its spectacular displays, and at other local attractions like the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Cotswold Farm Park, Stratford Butterfly Farm, Birdland and Blenheim Palace.
There are many great places to enjoy in the North Cotswolds including the stunningly beautiful villages of Chipping Campden and Broadway. and we’ve listed our top recommendations below. There is lots to see at many of these places so be prepared for a long day out!
Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford.
Fantastic parkland setting with a train ride through the grounds in peak season, an adventure playground, café and of course lions, zebras, hippos, penguins, fruit bats and monkeys to name just a few of the animals. www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
Batsford Arboretum and the Falconry Centre, Bourton-on-the-Hill
Next door to each other, the Batsford Arboretum has some lovely woodland walks and is spectacular in the Spring and Autumn. There is also a great café with wonderful views, delicious homemade cakes and a garden centre, www. batsarb.co.uk. At the Falconry Centre you can watch exciting displays of falconry, www.cotswold-falconry.co.uk.
Cotswold Farm Park, Near Guiting Power.
Especially for younger children, a great place to feed the animals, ride on a tractor and learn about rare breeds. www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
Definitely a whole day out. Arrive early to avoid ticket queues. Jousting, archery, falconry, medieval displays and mighty trebuchet catapult throughout the Summer. Ice rink in December. www.warwick-castle.com
Apart from all the connections with Shakespeare, Stratford is a great place for picnics, boating and shopping. You can park at the Butterfly Farm Car Park (follow directions to the Butterfly Farm as soon as you enter Stratford). There are always boats to hire or boat trips in the summer and the Butterfly Farm is worth a visit – great for a rainy day as it’s warm and dry inside! www.butterflyfarm.co.uk
Touristy but very pretty with the stream running through and lots to do for children including:
Birdland Park and Gardens – open all year. www.birdland.co.uk/Miniature Village
Cotswolds Motor Museum with the TV character Brum. www.cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk
Miniature Railway exhibit within the Toy Shop on the main High Street
Hidcote Manor Gardens.
One of the most visited National Trust gardens in the UK, Hidcote is a beautiful place and fun for children as there are lots of garden “rooms” and grounds to run around in.
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
Explore the castle, the gardens and the big fort in the adventure playground. The wooden fort is full of hidey-holes and towers. Closed in the Winter months. www.sudeleycastle.co.uk
Corinium Museum, Cirencester.
Fascinating museum about the Romans. Holds holiday events. www.coriniummuseum.co.uk
Woodstock and Blenheim Palace.
A little further afield (about 40 minutes) but a great day out. As well as the Palace there is an adventure playground, butterfly farm and miniature train. Check for limited opening hours in the Winter months. www.blenheimpalace.com. In Woodstock there are lots of shops to explore and there is the local Oxfordshire museum on the High Street - worth a quick visit and enjoy a coffee and cake in the airy glass-fronted café.
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29 Oct 2012
"Amazing holiday house in an amazing location - loved every minute!"
Our group consisted of 10 adults, 3 two-year olds, 1 one-year old, and a 2month old baby... I was sure I wouldn't be able to find a holiday home that catered to everyone's needs - but Oak House did just that!
Massive playground for the kids, big bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms, fantastic large kitchen/living space where everyone could hang out (even while cooking for 10 people!), and everything you could possibly need on holiday - toys, books, dvd's, space for playing, walking, you name it. And utensils - we had a running game to find the one utensil we needed but wasn't catered for in the house. we thought we'd cinched it at "cake slice", but no - there it was.
Long story short, if you enjoy a bit of luxury and a modern feel in a country setting, this is the one for you. Fantastic layout means that even with a large group of people (and little kids), you never feel crowded or separated. Didn't get a chance to use the pool (wrong time of year, and too cold) but I can only imagine that that would be the icing on the cake (and speaking of cake, we were greeted by the most delicious victoria sponge - nice touch).
In summary - go visit. Great service from the owners too - very friendly, efficient, and professional.
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