This is an exclusive, top class complex of roughly 9 or 10 propertlies. Either the converted stable block or seperate cottages. They are set within beautiful grounds, with formal gardens, many properties have there own garden too. They range from 1 bedroom to about 5 bedrooms. The estate is managed very well. You can order homemade food(frozen)to be delivered, Milk and newspapers can also be arranged. The complex is owned by Lady Astor, whom I believe once lived in the Abbey( opposite) with her husband.
This is certainly not a cheap option for holidaying in the Cotswolds and you have to debate if it is worth the premium you pay(?)
This visit we felt that the property we were in was perhaps a little tired in places- the kitchen was the main area, along with the TV's being pretty old fashioned ( not wide screen) with limited choice of channels and the terrestrial channels broadcast in analogue, so pretty fuzzy - but you may be out every night so that won't matter.
Onsite there is a brand new Spa and indoor swimming pool, they have an hour or 2 each day that is for Adults only. it is lovely and warm, but it is quite small.
Within the formal gardens there is a summer house, just for the children with lots of toys and pens and paper. etc, aswell as a games room ( limited at the moment due to a fire). There are also quite a few sit in cars and tractors aswell as a climbing frame with slide and baby swing along with a children's playhouse.
We have visited Bruern 3 times over the last few years, staying in a different cottage everytime. They are all decorated and furnished with real style, using antiques and top quality soft furnishings. There is now a gas BBQ at every cottage too.
Some of the cottages are closer to the spa, but don't have a private garden ( but do have their own terrace). and are within the formal gardens.
It is a truely lovely place to stay. The gardens are well maintained, peaceful and lovely to take a wonder through and although there is an air of grandness about the place is it not at all stuffy - infact comfortably laid back.
It really is great place if you have children as there is so much space they can really wear themselves out !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the Cotswolds, between Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford, Bruern Holiday Cottages are one of the few holiday rentals to welcome guests just as a hotel does - for a single night or for eight weeks, both during the week and at the weekend. Even though Bruern is self-catering, you are not expected to entirely provide for yourself on your first night, so when you arrive, there are essentials like milk, butter, eggs and sausages waiting for you, along with a few little luxuries like champagne, homemade cakes and local artisan cheese with biscuits. Twice National Winners of VisitBritain’s England for Excellence Award, and current holders of EnjoyEngland’s Gold Award for quality, Bruern Holiday Cottages set a new benchmark for self-catering when Judy Astor first started converting the properties in 1992, at one time comprising eight of the properties holding VisitBritain’s top grade awards, has compared with only 132 for the whole of the rest of Great Britain. Bruern offers the comfort and attention to detail of a good hotel, combined with the privacy, independence and space of home, amidst the civilised ease and style of English Country House living. However, there are four things that really set Bruern apart from other self-catering holiday rentals. Firstly, it is a paradise for children, with three playgrounds, a play cabin, a wendy house, who, toy cars and bicycles for every child and in every size - and above all other children. Lastly, there’s a games room with, pool, table tennis and table football, for older teens (and maybe older-than-teens), for whom the above are a little too babyish. Secondly, there is the decor, which eschews the monotonous orthodoxies of minimalism, being unashamedly English Country House style – the atmosphere is elegant yet comfortable, and all the properties have log fires, and canopied or four poster beds. Thirdly, the gardens, which are a blend of formal and informal elements, feature topiary, cutting gardens with box hedges, gazebos, little orchards, statuary, a wisteria tunnel, and a vast hundred yard herbaceous border. There is barely a square foot of the entire estate that has not been planned out with a passion for landscape and an eye for detail. In 1999 Bruern’s gardens were even awarded a marking of 100 out of 100 by VisitBritain that neither we nor anyone else has ever bettered; and nor will it ever be bettered, unless the laws of arithmetic change. Finally, there is the indoor swimming pool, gym and spa, which looks out on to a separate Italianate garden and terrace, with a classical portico to sit beneath in the shade. Cited by Tatler in 2009 as one of the “101 best spas in the world”, here you can book reflexology, massages, pedicures, manicures and facials. All in all, Bruern is a place that is simply unique – over eighty percent of our business comes from returning guests, and of new guests the majority come from personal word-of-mouth recommendations. We haven’t had a review score on TripAdvisor of less than 5/5 (Excellent) in 3 years – if you read the reviews, you’ll see why. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bruern Holiday Cottages Hotel Chipping Norton
- Bruern Holiday Hotel
- Bruern Cottages Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire