A funky-meets-contemporary hideaway in the heart of the countryside; perfect for group getaways or family gatherings.
Tucked away down a winding private track just outside of the peaceful hamlet of Foscot is this seriously cool cottage for up to 14 guests; an eclectic haven with outdoor and indoor space a-plenty, perfect for families and groups alike. A traditional single-story cottage from the outside, this vibrant home comes to life as soon as you step inside, filled to the brim with eye-catching artwork, bright pops of colour and unique furnishings; all sourced from owners Adam and Rowan's private, personally-collated collection of quirky international artefacts.
Light, bright spaces sweep throughout the property thanks to its many skylights and windows, with 7 bedrooms sleeping up to 14 guests comfortably, including two bedrooms specifically kitted-out for younger guests. It even benefits from a separate studio annex, great for teens or those who simply want their own space. The hub of the home comes courtesy of the spacious kitchen/dining/living space found just off the entrance hall, boasting a well-equipped kitchen, quirky living space with sofas and TV, cosy wood-burner and huge floor-to-ceiling sliding doors; expertly blending indoor/outdoor living by offering direct access onto the pretty outdoor dining veranda. Kids and big-kids alike have plenty of room to burn off energy thanks to the mature one-acre garden that sweeps around the property, with the hottest new-kid-on-the-culinary-block, Kingham, offering foodies the perfect dining destination just a 5-minute drive away.
The Living Space
The cottage's contemporary-cool feel hits you as soon as you enter the bright reception hall, with walls filled-to-the-brim with a mixture of eclectic artwork- many of which are owner Rowan's own works- greeting you as you step into the light-filled space. Just off the hallway sit the cottage's two main living areas: a cosy snug, complete with log fire, sink-in sofas and vibrant purple walls (plus a cleverly-concealed TV) and an impressive adjoining living/kitchen/dining space spanning the rear of the cottage. This spacious open-plan hub boasts a stylish 10-seater oak dining table (plus a cute 4-seater table for little ones), high vaulted ceilings, beautiful floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a comfy lounge area at the far end; complete with TV and crackling wood-burner. The well-equipped kitchen benefits from a triple oven, gas hob, large American-style fridge and dishwasher, brought to life by vivid green cupboards and quirky mosaic tiles. Leading through the living space at the far end is a separate annexed studio area, perfect for overspill, complete with sofas, wood-burner, 4-seater dining table and kitchenette. Carrying on the impressive contemporary-meets-traditional feel of the property, this additional studio space homes a hidden attic single bedroom- found at the top of a quirky built-in staircase- plus a fully-equipped shower room and toilet, making it great for teens or older guests in search of a little privacy.
7 bedrooms can be found throughout the property, sleeping up to 10 adults and 4 children comfortably:
Tucked away down a book-lined corridor along from the entrance hall is the Master Bedroom, benefitting from a sink-in super king bed, en-suite shower room and French doors opening directly onto the property's sheltered front garden. In here, the owners' passion for art shines through the painted mural wall behind the bed; hand-painted by owner Rowan as an homage to her family home in southern India. A stand-alone crib also fits comfortably at the foot of bed for those travelling with babies.
Found through a unique stable-door just off the entrance hall, Bedroom 2 homes a king-sized bed (configurable as a twin) and bright, Moroccan-inspired interiors, evident through its sparkling lantern lights, cool blue hues and pretty, tiled wardrobe. We love the roll-top bath taking pride of place in the room itself, plus there's a handy en-suite toilet room, too.
Bedrooms 3 - 5
Hidden behind a secret cupboard door in the entrance hall sit three further bedrooms, all benefitting from their own shared family bathroom. Bedroom 3 is great for adults, with its king-sized bed and French doors leading directly onto the garden, whilst Bedroom 4 can be used for big kids or those who don't mind sharing thanks to its twin-bed setup. Bedroom 5 is definitely best for younger guests, with full-sized bunk beds, a great toy collection and plenty of space for playing, plus its own set of French doors leading onto the grounds.
A den-lover's dream, Bedroom 6 is perfect for younger guests or adults who don't mind a bit of a squeeze. Able to accommodate up to two guests on two mattress-beds (one single, one small double), one is hidden in the rafters up a small wooden ladder; perfect for mini-explorers in search of a hideaway. Located just off the entrance hall, the Rudyard Kipling-esque wallpaper will speak to book-lovers of all ages and it's perfect to use as a study for those who need a little peace and quiet.
Another great room for intrepid explorers, this small annex room, sleeping one on a single mattress-bed, is hidden away up a flight of steep wooden stairs in the studio; great for teens and agile adults, not so great for those less mobile. The studio also homes a sofa bed which can accommodate two if needed. Be warned, the sky lights have no blinds on them, so it's best for early-risers!
Brock Cottage offers blissful seclusion by the bucketful thanks to its rural location and sweeping one-acre garden, surrounding the property like a pretty, green cocoon. Mostly lawned (great for kids wanting to stretch their legs), mature trees and shrubbery reward the garden with complete privacy, with a trampoline and swing to keep little ones happy for hours. The cottage's rear garden, accessed through the kitchen/diner's sliding doors, also benefits from a large paved dining area complete with outdoor dining table and charcoal BBQ; sheltered from the elements by a wisteria-strewn pergola.
Things to Do
Brock Cottage is located just a short 5-minute drive from the village of Kingham, renowned as the Cotswolds' newest foodie hotspot thanks to its two excellent, award-winning restaurants - The Kingham Plough and The Wild Rabbit Inn – both well worth a visit. The King's Head in Bledington offers tasty, seasonal food in a picture-perfect setting just a 2-minute car journey (or slightly longer walk) from Brock Cottage, whilst high-end hangout and favourite of the jet-set, Daylesford Farmshop and Café, is also just an 8-minute car journey, with a delicious all-day dining menu. For those wanting to venture slightly further afield, we'd highly recommend a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold, a pretty market town just 5 miles down the road that packs a punch when it comes to culinary credentials. Check out The Porch House, a 10th century inn in the heart of the town with good beer and a great lunch menu, before heading to The Old Butchers for dinner; a Michelin Guide must-visit where pre-booking is definitely recommended.
Somewhat of a walker's paradise, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring the Cotswolds on foot from Brock Cottage. The cottage itself sits within Foxholes Nature Reserve, awarding stunning woodland walks right from the doorstep, bursting to life with carpets of bluebells in the Spring. The Oxfordshire Way- winding all the way from Bourton-on-the-Water to the banks of the River Thames in Henley- also passes directly through Foscot; a great option for those keen to join the trail. We'd recommend the 6-mile round-trip from Foscot to Churchill, passing through streams and meadows with a handy stop-off at The Chequers pub for delicious sustenance half-way round.
The Cotswolds is jam-packed full of attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained. For younger guests, a visit to Cotswold Farm Park (20-minute drive) and Cotswold Wildlife Park (20-minute drive) are a must, with the Cotswold Water Park (40-minute drive) the perfect place to head on hot-weather days. For older generations, Chastleton House National Trust property is just 15 minutes away, and we'd recommend that no visit to this area be without a day exploring the pretty surrounding market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water; both renowned for their quaint independent stores, cutesy-cafés and quintessentially-Cotswolds good looks. Daylesford Farmshop and Café is also a must-visit - a beautiful destination store in its own right - crammed to the brim with high-end, artisan produce, delicious deli treats and an impressive restaurant. Just be sure to allow a few hours there; we don't know anyone who hasn't been mesmerised by this country-chic hangout.
A rural escape in every sense, the cottage is tucked away down a series of tracks on working farmland, making a car essential. Just pay close attention to the driving directions; these have been founded on years of drivers getting lost, so you can't go wrong if you ditch the satnav in favour of these well-crafted instructions. For those travelling by rail, Kingham Train Station, with its excellent links to London Paddington (just a 1 ½ hour direct journey) is a 5-minute drive from the cottage. Taxis are also available from the station, although we'd definitely recommend pre-booking; Stow and Chipping Norton-based firms are the closest.
Parking on premises (for up to 6 cars)
Laundry Room (Washer/Dryer/Airer)
Outdoor Dining Area
This is rural living, so amenities do involve a short drive. The nearest convenience store (Londis) can be found in Kingham (5-minute drive), or you can head to Daylesford Farm to pick up some essentials (8-minute drive) if you're not fussed about the price tag. Stow-on-the-Wold offers the nearest supermarket (Tesco) with a Marks and Spencer service station for little bits and pieces. Nearby Chipping Norton (15-minute drive) also offers a well-equipped Sainsbury's. We'd recommend a grocery delivery during your stay; Ocado and Tesco both deliver to the cottage.
The Oxfordshire Way - www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/oxfordshire-way
Cotswolds Walks- www.cotswolds.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-in-the-cotswolds
The King's Head Inn, Bledington- The Green, Chipping Norton OX7 6XQ / 01608 658365
The Kingham Plough- The Green, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YD / 01608 658327
Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Café - Daylesford, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG / 01608 731700
The Wild Rabbit Inn - Church St, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YA / 01608 658389
The Old Butchers- 7 Park St, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ / 01451 831700
The Porch House - Digbeth St, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BN / 01451 870048
Londis, Kingham - Church Street, Kingham OX7 6YA
Tesco Superstore - Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BX
Marks and Spencer (Service Station) - Station Road, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1JU
Sainsbury's - 12-14 Market Place, Chipping Norton OX7 5NA
Stow-on-the-Wold Taxi Service - 07887 714 047
Ambassador Taxis - 01608 644 015
Jay Taxis - 07554424793
Excelsior Taxis Ltd - 01608 643721
Hasan Taxi's - 07903 740131