Bruern Holiday Cottages in the Cotswolds England
Bruern Holiday Cottages Cotswolds England UK Self Catering Luxury Lodgings Accommodations

Contact: Sara Astor

Cottages: 12

Address: Red Brick House, Chipping Norton, OX7 6PY, England

Payment Accepted: All major credit cards.

Rates: (Prices quoted in GB Pounds).


Activities/Attractions: A lot of our guests come back to the Cotswolds because they just love being at Bruern Holiday Cottages. They don't want to stir from the place.

Some love the gardens, which are our pride and joy - the flower beds round every terrace packed with roses, lilies, vines and clematis; the lawns and vast borders in the walled garden; the courtyard with its Mediterranean scents of lavender and cistus; the cutting garden, a dazzle of colour in high summer; the woodland walk past the river; the excitement of spring bulbs from the showiest to the most recherché. But there's a lot for the energetic:

  • croquet
  • tennis
  • swimming in the heated outdoor pool
  • in the games room there's pool, table tennis, table football and darts

The Gloucestershire Way is a 100 mile long walk, mainly on footpaths and bridleways.

The Cotswold Way is a 130 mile long walk, starting in Chipping Camden and taking you through the villages of Winchcombe, Painswick, Uley, Cold Ashton, finishes in Bath.

The Wychwood Way is a 37 mile long circular trail around the heart of the former Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood through the towns of Woodstock, Chipping Norton and Ascott-under-Wychwood. Close to Bruern.

The Ridgeway Path is a 85 mile long walk, following the ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man.

Plus there's Chad Lakes Fishery, Lemington Lakes and The Willows Isis Lakes for course and trout fishing.

"Everything here is incredibly discreet and tasteful: whether you're playing ping-pong or splashing around in the pool, you'll feel as if you're enjoying the hospitality of aristocratic friends at their beautiful country pile ... In this case, "holiday cottages" is a bit of a misnomer. It's more like staying in your own little country house tucked away in the heart of the Cotswolds. It is heritage heaven, and you can see why it has been such a hit with well-heeled Americans, who can visit Blenheim, Burford and Oxford by day and return in the evening to their exquisitely and generously decorated "country home", complete with small private garden."

"Self-catering holiday cottage as style magazine? Unlikely. But then most places haven't been designed with the helping hand of Jocasta Innes. The design guru has lent a helping hand to her sister, The Hon. Mrs. Judy Astor, who is the mastermind behind a stunning courtyard of holiday cottages at Bruern. These eleven holiday cottages are tastefully, not to say, lavishly, decorated Nina Campbell wallpapers, marble-topped washstands imported from France and the sort of furniture that you'd expect from only the best of country house hotels. Would suit sybarites."

"Entering "Saratoga", Bruern's honeymoon holiday cottage, we walked into a spacious blue-and-white kitchen where tea and chocolate cake waited on a tray. The larder included homemade bread, as well as wine, cheese, farm-fresh milk and eggs. Judy Astor and her sister, Jocasta Innes, are responsible for the tasteful charm of the eleven converted stable-yard holiday cottages, each with its own small private garden and entrance. No detail is missed - from towel warmer to white cotton robes to walnut lavatory seat. I defy anyone to leave Bruern Holiday Cottages without a pang of regret, a feeling of ownership and plans to stay".

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"For a taste of the upper crust Britain not seen since 'Remains of the Day' head for Bruern Holiday Cottages, eleven Merchant Ivoryesque holiday cottages within striking distance of Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford. Each antiques-filled cottage, fashioned from the Victorian stables on the Cotswold estate by Judy Astor, offers one to four bedrooms, up-to-the-minute kitchens, and access to a secret garden of lavender and wisteria. Children will gallop straight for the playhouse, complete with Lilliputian tea set and canopied bed. One of the holiday cottages is a converted barn set apart in the apple orchard. In other words your own Howards End."

"One step inside the door of Goodwood Cottage put the sunshine back in our lives. It was just exquisite ... In all this luxury, you would expect that children would be banned. But quite the opposite, Bruern Holiday Cottages welcomes children with open arms ... The holiday cottages are a gem in the mundane world of self catering. They have been awarded five keys deluxe by the English Tourist Board - the highest rating you can get. "Can't we take it all back home with us, Mummy?" I only wish we could."

"Bruern Holiday Cottages are probably among the best self-catering options in the UK. They are in the Cotswolds and are beautifully furnished and kitted out with libraries, music systems, board games and videos."

General Information: Welcome to Bruern Holiday Cottages in Chipping Norton, England ... the finest luxury holiday cottages, not just in the Cotswolds but in the whole of the UK. With luxury spa, indoor pool and gym, Bruern Holiday Cottages were the national winners of the English Tourism Council's Excellence in England Gold and Silver Awards for Self-catering Holiday of the Year 1998 and 2003.

Bruern Holiday Cottages offer the comfort and attention to detail of a good hotel; the privacy, independence and space of home; and the civilised ease and style of English country house living.

  • twelve five-star graded luxury self-catering cottages
  • each sleep two to ten
  • luxury spa with indoor pool and gym
  • converted from the mellow stone Victorian stable yard and outbuildings of Bruern Abbey
  • uniquely stylish and luxurious, and exceptionally well equipped
  • open fires, antique furniture and four-poster beds
  • state-of-the-art kitchens and bathrooms
  • each cottage decorated differently
  • private enclosed terrace with garden furniture, a big white umbrella and a barbecue
  • many self-catering cottages at Bruern have their own secluded gardens
  • full oil central heating, (thermostatically controlled)
  • a stereo system, CDs, satellite TV with all premium channels plus Disney, and videos with access to an excellent video library
  • a good collection of books and board games as well
  • direct-dial telephones with automatic billing
  • power showers
  • microwave ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers and fridge-freezers
  • cots, high chairs and stairgates can be supplied
  • cleaning equipment, towels and linen are included: guests can ask for backboards, and choose duvets or blankets (non-allergenic if preferred)
  • a wonderfully generous welcome basket provided at our self catering cottages with cheese, butter, milk, tea, coffee, cereal, eggs, chocolate, a bottle of wine, and homemade bread, jam, cakes and biscuits

"Bruern is incredible - gorgeous Cotswold cottages set in an idyllic gentle valley, surrounded by beautiful gardens. When you arrive, there is a tray of homemade cake along with a fridge well-stocked with basics like milk, orange juice, butter, and eggs. The furnishings are comfy, the decor inspired, the cleaning products are green, and they recycle too. You can order yummy frozen meals and local produce (some organic!) as well as newspapers delivered to your door. There is a nature reserve next door. Bunnies frolic in the gardens (and each cottage has a private garden). The location is perfect for vacationing in the Cotswolds -- very central. The staff is ready to meet every need, while being totally low-key and friendly. There are kids all over the place, but no noise, so well built are the cottages. We've stayed in several -- Bookers is our favorite, but Epsom and Saratoga and Cope were each special as well. Worth every penny (the rates on big holiday weeks and Christmas are truly astonishing; go on the off-season instead). We always end up with the feeling that we don't want to leave!"

"The holiday cottages have been beautifully converted to retain the rural charm of Cotswolds architecture, while delivering the characterful luxury of a much-loved family home. Everything, from fresh milk, eggs and your morning paper to olive oil and free range chickens, can be delivered to your door with the minimum of fuss. There's trout fishing and golf nearby, not to mention a dizzying choice of walking and rambling routes leading direct from the doorstep."