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Churchill Manor, Cotswolds

A colos­sal coun­try pile set on 600-acre grounds, 19th­cen­tury Churchill Manor’s grandeur is off­set by the fact that this re­mains very much a fam­ily home. Usu­ally res­i­dent in Lon­don, its own­ers visit fre­quently and traces of their ex­is­tence – clothes in wardrobes, kids’ bed­rooms with fam­ily draw­ings and pic­tures – pro­vide the im­pres­sion that this is a home to set­tle in to, rather than a look-but-don’t-touch show­piece. The house Spread over four floors, the manor fea­tures a cosy cin­ema room and games room in its base­ment, two sep­a­rate liv­ing rooms laden with books and am­ple sup­plies of wood for log fires, a for­mal din­ing room and a well-equipped, homely kitchen that’s a per­fect spot for lazy group break­fasts. Two neigh­bour­ing coach houses of­fer a re­treat for guests who want more pri­vacy. The lo­ca­tion Sur­rounded by any num­ber of im­mac­u­late vil­lages, seem­ingly all with thatched cot­tages, ivy-clad pubs in hon­eyed stone and fresh-faced fam­i­lies walk­ing spot­less dogs, Churchill Manor stands in a bu­colic idyll. Nearby at­trac­tions in­clude Blen­heim Palace and Warwick Cas­tle, while the his­tor­i­cal towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bur­ford are within driv­ing dis­tance. What to ex­pect A sur­pris­ingly re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment. De­spite its scale, the prop­erty is very clearly a much-loved home; this is a place to re­lax and cel­e­brate rather than some­where vis­i­tors might fret about muddy boots dis­carded in the hall­way or a towel left askew on a rail. Stand­out fea­ture The al­len­com­pass­ing grounds and won­der­ful pas­toral views they af­ford. Di­rectly by the house are a well-tended gar­den with ad­ja­cent gar­den and out­door swim­ming pool, while sur­round­ing trails fa­cil­i­tate gen­tle post­pran­dial strolls and more vig­or­ous jogs and runs. The rooms The house sleeps 16 in nine dou­ble bed­rooms; the coach houses ac­com­mo­date one cou­ple apiece. Four bed­rooms are en suite. Who it’s good for Large groups with some­thing to cel­e­brate – the vast grounds, nu­mer­ous recre­ational ar­eas and re­laxed feel make it a par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive op­tion for groups of friends gath­er­ing for birthdays or so­phis­ti­cated hen and stag par­ties. How to book: One week’s rental costs from £16,000; a week­end break costs from £3,000 per night. Book

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