The Old Rectory
Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The Old Rectory is a handsome manse that has been decorated and restored to a very high standard,incorporating all modern comforts, while retaining period features such as open fires in all rooms,working shutters and servants bells.
Ideal for those seeking peace,as well as families wanting to holiday together with easy access to many iconic touristic attractions such as Bath,the Brecon Beacons and Cotswolds villages.The slate floored kitchen has a oil fired aga and a huge table for family meals; the immaculate dining room with silver candlesticks has paintings and an open fire.The play room has comfortablesofa seating, a wall mounted wide screen 3D televison,a library of Dvds and videos,books galore and games.All new beds and mattresses make sleeping in the newly carpeted bedrooms a luxurious experience.
There is much to do on site,table tennis,table football croquet,tennis and heated pool sparking in the orchard or simply drink cocktails watching the sunset over the church next door. Iconic toursit attractions are within easy reach including the Roman Baths,Slimbridge,Welsh Castles,canoeing down the Wye,and SS.Great Britain as well as sailing ,golf and horse-riding and paintball nearby
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Weston Super mare 20 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 20 km, Nearest railway: Bristol Parkway 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Large ceramic tiled centrally placed entrance hall leading from solid gothic front door,gives onto the beautiful sitting room with comfortable seating,bookcase,antique furniture,chess set and old pictures.Two windows with extensive views over the garden,and open working coal or wood fire. Fuel provided.Oppposite this room is a wooden- floored dining room with large walnut dining table and ten chairs There are.antique desks and an open fireplace.There is internet access in this room.The playroom has very comfortable seating, lovely paintings and attractive decor,televison,dvd and video player,books and games.The large kitchen with oil fired aga seats 10 and has a dishwasher, antique dresser, plentiful modern crockery and an exetnsive range of cooking implememts including a Kenwood chef. There is a fridge freezer,toaster and microwave.The view from the large sash kitchen window is over the herb filled stone courtyard and across the meadow towards the Cotswold hills.The kitchen leads to a large stone- floored cloakroom where the soft blue swimming towels are kept and coats can be hung or boots left.There is a utility room with washing machine,drier,iron, and ironing board.
This leads to the back staircase;there is also another main staircase leading from the front hall,past a wonderful stained glass window with views to the River Severn and the Cotswolds escapment.House martins nest in the eaves above.There are five large luxuriously equipped bedroom;,all bedding,linen and lightling is new,but the furniture is antique.Each bedroom has matching throws,silk cushions and curtains.There are three double bedrooms and two twin rooms all with magnificent garden views,'one twin room is delightful decorated with a seaside motif with pictures of boats and a bright navy wall with an antique moroccan mirror.This ,with its view of the church through the gothic window,would be a favoutie with children.Each rooms with their individual accents of grey,blue,sage green.pink-mauve or navy have been carefully restored for maximum impact and comfort.The new large family bathroom has a big shower,a large bath, toilet and basin,serving two rooms.One double room has an ensuite and there is a large newly installed shower rooom with toilet and basin serving the remaining two rooms.Int the morning the only sounds are birdsong.
In the freshly painted garage is the large table tennis table with bats and balls and a table football.
|Further details outdoors|
The drive that leads fron the white wrought iron gates is japenese designed,and is lined with exotic shrubs;horses inthe next door fields look over the adjoining fence under the shade of our horsechestnut tree. Around the house is a wide lawn ,flowerbeds,mature shrubs and two large hornbeam trees with a large wooden table and chairs.Stone steps lead to the lower lawn with it's croquet lawn and astroturf tennis court lined by an extensive lavender hedge.The vegetable garden has an asparagus beds,fig tree and a fruit cage for raspberries.The orchard with its rows of old apple trees,cherry,plum,pear and medlar,leads through an olive groveto the stone surrounded warmly heated sparking blue water of the swimming pool, in a sunny spot sheltered by grass banks.While swimming the tower of the church can be seen across the neighbouring fields.
Catering can be provided either in house and served, or meals can be cooked and left to await arrival or be left for your convenince after a busy day out or long day by the poolside.
Extra maid service can be provided.
Tennis lessons and baby sitting also available by arrangement.
This property is let for a minimum of week in peak season with Saturday swop over date.The property is available from 4pm and should be vacated by 10.00 am
Weekend bookings(3 nights minimum) available .
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The Old Rectory is situated at the Cotswolds edge on the banks of the River Severn in a corner of South West England,thus providing unique access to the Cotswolds,Wales and Somerset.The Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty,known for its river valleys,watermeadows and beech woods,sleepy ancient limestone villages and historic market towns such as Stow- on- the- Wold,also Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford- on- Avon.
Places to visit include Blenheim palace,Boughton -on -the -Water,Studeley Castle,Tewkesbury and close by Berkeley Castle.Across the Severn,the blue hills of Wales are visible from the Old Rectory,and in ten minutes the Severn bridge can be crossed into Wales, a short onward journey brings you to Chepstow Castle (1066) and the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty with Tintern Abbey overlooking the river which is famous for its canoeing and the finest salmon fishing south of Scotland. There is also easy access to the wilderness of the National Parks of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.
Bristol itself (40 minutes away) has an iconic suspension bridge,the Zoo,and SS Great Britain as well as Cabots Circus for shopping and cinemas,theatres and museums.
South of Bristol is Somerset,with Cheddar gorge and caves full of stalactites,Galstonbury and Wells Cathedral .
Bath is an hour away to the east on the M4 with its Roman Baths,Fashion museum,famous spa,Georgian terraces and Bath Abbey.Half an hour further on brings you to Stonehenge,Longleat and Salisbury Cathedral
Oldbury On Severn is a picturesque working village (winner of the best kept village award) on the banks of the River Severn;it has Celtic and Roman origins and from the flower filled churchyard of the beautiful old church on the hill there are panoramic views across the river to the Welsh hills. Local wildlife abounds,buzzards nest in the trees down the bridle path that runs alongside the garden,hawks hover in the front garden,there is a resident woodpecker and a badgers den.
In the quiet evenings by the pool glow worms glimmer in the hedges.Long summer days can be filled playing tennis in the garden(lessons available),a gentle game of croquet or swimming in the peace of the orchard; at night the water is gently lit and gliding up and down in the warm water to the sounds of owls hooting is the ultimate in relaxation.
A minute's walk away from the Old Rectory is The Anchor,a pub with delicious home cooked food and a childrens play area with outdoor seating;there is a sailing club down a short path,also local equestrian facilities and wonderful walks across meadows or along the grassy banks of the River SevernThere are at least two summer fairs in the village and bands play in the school playing fields There are stunning local walks across fields with woods to other villages with excellent pubs such as The White Hart in Littleton On Severn.
Thornbury,3 miles down a country road, is famous for its ancient pre- Elizabethan castle where Henry 8th stayed with Anne Boleyn, and dining takes place in magnificent Tudor surroundings.
Ronnie's Restaurant isin Thornbury with it's modern European cooking and there are also Thai,Indian and Chinese restaurants as well as award winning fish and chips.There is a large leisure centre complex and a golf course with stunning views where families and novices are welcome.Lessons are available.
Cattle country is a children's activity complex with rare breeds and a death slide twenty minutes away from Thornbury,just minutes from Berkeley Castle which is home to summer enactments of Shakespearean plays and medieval jousts. Slimbridge wildfowl centre is just up the Severn Estuary.
In nearby Wales the Forest of Dean. has cycle paths and Go -Ape is a fantastic tree top adventure.Canoing is easily available from Symonds Yat on the River Wye.Big Pit offers a unique trip down a historic coalmine
Old Down is a farm which welcomes children for animal encounters just 2 miles from Thornbury and has a vegetable garden to pick your own from.Paintball is also available near Thornbury(Delta Force Paintball).
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5 Aug 2013
By far the best of several properties we have stayed in. All of the rooms are of an excellent standard - and the garden, tennis court and pool are wonderful.The owners are very welcoming and thoughtfu… More
Thank you for your response;we are so pleased you enjoyed the house and garden to the full,and were able to make the most of the countryside too.It is wonderfully satisfying to know you experienced the house and surroundings as happily we did when we bought up our family there!
2 Jul 2013
"A truly special family retreat!"
Having never stayed here before nor knew anyone who had, we took a risk by committing to a 9-night stay after reading the property description online. We wanted a countryside family retreat where we could truly relax and slow down to enjoy some exclusive time with each other. Choosing to stay at The Old Rectory proved to be the best decision we made! The house is full of old charm and character, set in beautiful expansive grounds, complete with a tennis court and heated pool. Our 3 kids (aged 15, 13 & 10) and their cousins (18, 16 & 11) had plenty to do and although nearby attractions beckoned, they often preferred to stay in to play tennis/ croquet / swim and simply enjoy the property together. Jane was absolutely wonderful and ensured we had everything we needed throughout our stay. Having traveled so far (from Singapore) and unfamiliar with the area, we were very grateful for such a caring and gracious host!
We hope to return some time soon!
It is a great privilege that travelers come a long way to stay here,and a huge pleasure to meet you.
9 Sep 2012
"Ultimate relaxation and comfort!"
We stayed at the Old Rectory with our extended family, ages ranging from 9 to 76. It was a wonderful and beautifully provisioned base, and, to be honest we had very little reason to leave the premises, with the tennis court, swimming pool, croquet etc all in the garden and on tap. Lots of relaxing meals in the lovely gardens and the kids spent most of the time outside having a great time.
Would definitely recommend it for a relaxing family break!
We are delighted that our property was able to provide a great holiday;thank you for your appreciation.
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