Tennyson House is a wonderful Cotswolds retreat for a large family or group of good friends. Little ones will love the games room, while the drawing room, kitchen and huge private garden are perfect for socialising
Tennyson House is one of twelve luxury holiday cottages set within the peaceful grounds of an historic country estate near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds. It’s a very spacious property with five en-suite bedrooms, a games room, a drawing room, a dining room and a large kitchen, as well as front and back gardens that feature dining areas, a croquet lawn and even a small formal courtyard with box hedging. It’s a brilliant option for a multi-generational family holiday or a reunion with good friends and offers plenty of privacy. However, you’ll also have access to shared facilities in the estate grounds including the communal gardens, an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a spa, as well as a host of children’s play areas.
The moment you set eyes on the house you’ll know that your stay will be very special. The private driveway is flanked by yew hedges and leads to a delightful formal courtyard with box hedges and topiary.
Step inside the hall and you’ll feel the family home atmosphere, beginning with the rocking horse and doll’s house that are proudly on display.
The dining room is a wonderful place for evening meals and celebratory dinners around the 10ft-long antique table that seats 10 people. Meanwhile, the kitchen has everything you will need to cater for such occasions. There’s a large island unit with stools where people can help the cook to prep, while kitchen essentials include an American-style fridge/freezer with water dispenser and ice-maker, a separate fridge for drinks, a range cooker and two dishwashers. Both rooms have underfloor heating. Doors lead from the kitchen to one of the terraces that has a vine-covered pergola where you can dine al fresco.
There’s also a handy utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as space to hang coats and store muddy boots.
Off the dining room is the games room, which features an 82″ flat-screen TV with surround sound, shelves filled with books, a cupboard full of children’s toys, beanbags and a play den under the stairs that’s full of dressing up clothes. There’s plenty of seating too and it is an ideal spot for gathering for drinks and laughter, whilst a French door leads out onto the north terrace.
If you’re holidaying with family and friends who have booked other cottages at the estate, there is the option to re-configure the games room into a large dining area for up to 20 people (or even 30 if you include the table for 10 in the kitchen). It’s perfect for celebrating a special occasion all together.
Meanwhile, the drawing room is an elegant and cosy place to spend time. The focal point is the Gothic arched stone fireplace, while the high-pitched ceiling and beams are equally impressive. There are views over the gardens, sofa seating, a TV and stunning details including a Savonnerie-style rug and antique buttoned French chairs.
Three of the bedrooms are downstairs. The double bedroom has a king-size, four-poster bed, a French door leading onto the south terrace and an en-suite shower room. The twin bedroom has a French feel with two 19th-century French beds and a Louis XVI chair and there’s an en-suite shower room. The third bedroom has twin, four-poster beds, French doors leading to the outside and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower over. All these bedrooms have a sofa, chair and a writing table.
The other two bedrooms are upstairs on the first floor and occupy the full width of the house. These bedrooms are particularly tranquil spaces, so are ideal for those in the group that need their peace and quiet. The twin room is adorned with antique pieces including a campaign wardrobe and chest, plus a rare twin-basin vanity unit in the en-suite bathroom that also has a bath and a separate shower. The final bedroom has a 6ft-wide half tester bed, whilst a narrow set of stairs leads to the en-suite bath and shower room.
Outside, there are gardens and terraces to the front and back of the house, so depending on your preference you can find the sun or shade. There’s a barbecue area, seating and dining areas, a lawn to enjoy croquet on, an Italian-style courtyard, a hammock and, for little ones, a swing and a seesaw.
You’ll also have access to the estate’s stunning gardens which feature a mix of formal and informal elements, the perfect place for a quiet stroll. There’s also access to shared facilities including an indoor swimming pool, spa and gym, as well as several children’s play areas and the teens’ games room.
You will have access to a host of on-site leisure facilities that are shared by guests of all cottages.
Visit England has awarded the estate gardens top marks and it’s not hard to see why. A real labour of love, with a mix of formal and informal elements, highlights of the gardens include topiary, box hedges, lawns, an old walled garden, gazebos, orchards, statues, a wisteria tunnel, vast borders, an arched column of yews and a stream… the list goes on. This is English country garden style at its very best.
Swimming pool, spa and gym
The indoor, heated swimming pool is great for a refreshing dip and is edged with poolside loungers so you can relax afterwards. Doors open onto an Italian-style garden and a sun terrace with more loungers, which is a blissful spot to enjoy a drink or lunch on a summer’s day. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult, while floats and swim nappies are available for little ones. Why not make it a full day of indulgence and book a facial or a massage with an expert therapist? The spa treatment rooms here are calming spaces filled with soothing scents and relaxing music.
However, if you’re keen to keep up with your fitness routine, head to the gym which is equipped with a running machine, power plate, exercise balls, rowing machine, cross trainer, free weights and an exercise bike.
Children will love it here. There are three playgrounds, a two-storey Wendy house, bikes and a play cabin with dressing up clothes, art materials, toys and even child-sized croquet sets. Meanwhile, teenagers will like the games room which features a pool table, table tennis and table football, as well as a 75-inch TV with a PS4 and an Xbox 360. It’s the perfect place for a friendly competition with siblings, parents or new friends.
A member of staff from the cottage estate will greet you on arrival and show you to your cottage. The cottage has its own garden, but the estate grounds and gardens, the swimming pool, spa area, gym and play areas are shared facilities available to guests of all the cottages at the site.
Welcome hampers provided to guests include essentials and treats mostly sourced from neighbouring farms and local suppliers. Meanwhile, the all-natural toiletries supplied for you to use during your stay are from 100 Acres that donates a percentage of its profits to a rewilding Britain scheme. In addition, the estate gardens are a haven for wildlife. Shrubs and flowers have been planted to attract bees and butterflies, while flowers from the cutting garden are used in pretty arrangements in the cottages to welcome guests.
If you'd like to offset the carbon emissions from your trip, get in touch and we can arrange this for a small fee.
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Camp beds the size of a 3ft single bed or cots can be provided free of charge to accommodate up to an additional 4 guests.
Check-in: from 16:00
Check-out: by 10:00
Deposit: Bookings are subject to a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the booking value plus applicable booking fees with the balance payable 60 days before the date of travel.
Accidental Damage Deposit: To maintain the highest standards in our properties, guests will need to pay a refundable Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 prior to their stay. An advance payment as detailed in the booking summary can be made to waive this requirement.
Book with confidence: If your booking is affected by new Government travel restrictions which were not known at the time of booking, and you're legally unable to travel, we will arrange with the property owner to refund 100% of your holiday cost.
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