The exterior of Country Manor, Oxfordshire
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North Wessex Manor

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Sleeps 25
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12 Bedrooms
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7 Bathrooms
Your very own Georgian stately home in the beautiful North Wessex Downs countryside. Set in private parkland with a lake, outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, it’s perfect for a celebratory holiday.
If you are looking for an exclusive-use house for a celebratory holiday with family and friends, North Wessex Manor is sure to impress. Built in 1720, this stately home is set in 30 acres of private parkland, complete with formal gardens, a lake, a river (fly-fishing is available) and stunning views of the North Wessex Downs countryside. You can even borrow bikes to explore your surroundings. Interiors are grand and elegant, yet homely. Think Georgian design, country style and roaring log fires, while outside there is a tennis court and swimming pool. The house is perfect for special occasions and sleeps up to 23 adults, plus two children up to the age of 12 may be added for the bunk bed.

Why we love this

  • Stately home with 30 acres of private parkland with a lake and a river
  • Use of an outdoor swimming pool in the summer months
  • Walking distance to the village pub and the North Wessex Downs

Key Features

Dog-friendly Dog-friendly
Heated outdoor pool Heated outdoor pool
Countryside views Countryside views
Garden Garden
Cinema room Cinema room
Games room Games room
Open fire Open fire
Wood burner Wood burner
Parking Parking
Pub within walking distance Pub within walking distance
Shop within walking distance Shop within walking distance
Tennis court Tennis court
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Why Book with Us

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Our properties are handpicked and inspected in person before listing, and we regularly review them for quality control and your peace of mind.

Best Price Guarantee

We only work with the best owners, so in the rare event you find one of our properties listed elsewhere for less, we’ll refund you the difference. *

Exceptional Service

Our award-winning Guest Services team will not only help you find your dream holiday but will support you through every step of your stay.

While the house is undeniably grand, it is also cosy. Built with the intention of creating perfect symmetry and emphasising natural light, it is true to say that there is a very calming ambience.

There is plenty of space for everyone to spread out, be alone or socialise, whether all together or in smaller groups.

While the house is kitted out for modern living, there are many historic features. One of the finest is the rare imperial staircase which starts as two separate sets of stairs then twists into one suspended flight. Its elegance is a sign of what the rest of the house has in store.

There’s a formal drawing room with sofas, ideal for relaxing with a coffee or reading a book. Plus, there’s the cosy music room and the snug, both with a TV with Apple TV and Freeview, that are more informal. All three rooms have an open log fire or wood burner to add plenty more atmosphere on a chilly day.

The large country kitchen features a double Aga, as well as an electric oven and gas hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee machine and dishwasher, plus a farmhouse kitchen table that seats 12 to 16.

For a more formal dining experience, head to the oak-panelled dining room which has a beautiful, intricate ceiling and exudes a real sense of occasion. The long dining table is ideal for a dinner party and seats 18 comfortably or 21 at a squeeze .

When you’re in the mood for fun, or it’s a rainy day, head to the basement level, where in the vaulted hall there's an antique bar billiards table and table tennis. Meanwhile, children have a playroom with plenty of toys and books, as well as a home cinema system with apple TV and Freeview, to keep them entertained.

There are 12 bedrooms in the house. On the first floor there is the master suite with a four-poster, super-king-size bed and a bedroom with two single beds. These share an en-suite Jack and Jill bathroom. There is also a king-size double bedroom and a small double room that share a bathroom.

On the second floor there are two king-size double rooms, one with an en-suite bathroom and one with an en-suite shower room. There are also two twin bedrooms with two single beds, plus a small double bedroom, that all share a family bathroom.

At the basement level, which has underfloor heating, there is a king-size bedroom, a twin room with two single beds (this room also features the original cooker of the house) and a children’s bedroom with a bunk bed and a single bed. These bedrooms share a cloakroom with a WC, a shower room with a WC and a bathroom with a WC.

Outside, there are 30 acres of parkland, including formal gardens, a lake, and a riverbank to enjoy. You will also have use of a gas BBQ (from May to September) and outdoor leisure facilities within the grounds including a heated swimming pool open May to September (heated June to August), the tennis court and a croquet set. There are bikes that you can borrow too, while fly-fishing is available in the trout stocked brook from April to October (bring your own rods, catch and release).

A member of the resident staff team from the house will meet you on arrival and provide you with a set of keys for the house and assist you with any queries that you have. The house, the grounds and facilities are exclusively yours during your stay.

We plant a tree for every booking we make to help offset some of the carbon emissions generated by our stays.

Check-in: from 16:00

Check-out: by 10:00 (or 16:00 on Sundays)

Country Manor is open for public visitors throughout May and June (Monday - Wednesday) and also the Bank Holiday Mondays in April and August. The hall, drawing room, study and grounds are open during this time, but there is no access to the upstairs rooms.

Deposit: Bookings are subject to a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the booking value plus applicable booking fees with the balance payable 90 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 £2,000 (subject to T&Cs) prior to their stay.

There is a lake and a swimming pool in the grounds, please supervise children at all times.

Please note that the property has live-in staff that will not be on duty during guest stays.

  • No smoking
  • No parties and events
  • Please keep noise to a minimum. A small music player, such as a docking station, can be used if you wish, however music may not be played outdoors in the evening.
  • 2 dogs are welcome at an additional fee of £30 per dog. Dogs are only allowed in the house kitchen and the basement level and mustn’t go onto the carpeted areas of the house.

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Stay your way with our bespoke travel service. Our Guest Services team are available to tailor-make your holiday matching you with the perfect property and provide personalised recommendations on anything from local restaurants to unforgettable experiences.

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The neighbourhood

Set in a stunning private estate in the Oxfordshire countryside, the house is within walking distance of the village pub and convenience shop/cafe. If you have young children, there’s a playground in the village too, while dogs will love walkies in the woodland.

Also within walking distance is Holy Trinity Church which was built in 1200 and is where author, CS Lewis, worshipped and is buried.
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If you have any questions about any of our cottages or if you’d like some help with your booking, you are very welcome to get in touch with us.

We are always happy to help and go out of our way to tailor your perfect UK holiday.

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