Situated amidst the orchards of a beautiful Cotswold Manor House, The Summer House is the very essence of rural England.
The Grade II Listed property is a picture-perfect Cotswold retreat, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty complete with all the original features and grandeur you would expect. Gather around the roaring open fire in the sitting-room, or assemble at the impressive dining-table with family and friends. Whatever you chose to do during your stay, you can expect to feel at home in this quintessential country home.
A private pillared drive takes you past the impressive Manor House, then on to the pear and apple orchards which look magnificent when the blossom is out in spring. The Summer House is nestled at the end of the gravel drive and has ample private parking.
To the front of the property, you will find the Cotswold stone wing which was added to the original red brick building in the 1940s and is Listed by English Heritage as Grade 2*. The property boasts an impressive formal garden with stone steps that lead to a pretty seating area, where you can while away the evening and enjoy the sunset with exceptional views across the Cotswold hills.
As you enter The Summer House, to the left of the entrance hall, a grand dining-area awaits and is the perfect place to entertain with a cosy open fireplace and quirky pieces of art. The open plan design leads to a fully equipped kitchen-area, creating a fabulous social space where you can chat to loved ones whilst preparing a home-cooked meal with an additional entrance allowing you access from the kitchen to the garden. French doors and original period sash windows in the dining-area allow for the breathtaking views to be enjoyed indoors too, perfect for those fresher British days!
A small set of stairs take you from the entrance hall up to the elegant sitting-room. Panelled walls combine with exposed beams and traditional soft furnishings to create an effortlessly stylish, yet classic space. Why not help yourself to a complimentary tipple from the bar area and try your hand at a game of backgammon with a loved one. If this sounds too taxing, then simply stretch out in front of the fire with a good read.
A staircase in the sitting-room leads up to the first floor where you will find two bathrooms, two double bedrooms and a twin room with a further staircase leading back down to the dining-area. You would be forgiven for envisaging yourself in a period drama as you lose yourself in the timelessly classic interiors with overhead bed canopies and English country charm.
A panelled door in the sitting-room leads outside to the left side of the building. Interestingly, the original red brick side of The Summer House was built by Lucy, Countess Fortescue around 1720 as a banqueting house at the head of the carp ponds which have since been adapted for boating. Today the pond makes for a delightful outside area to enjoy the tranquility and calm of this peacefully situated piece of English paradise. An array of garden furniture provides the ideal place to entertain outside, or sunbathe next to the shimmering water. Please supervise children as the water is deep and please note swimming in the pond is not allowed.
Ebrington Manor House has been owned by the same family since 1476 and is a truly beautiful home, steeped in history. The Summer House is part of the Ebrington Manor Estate which has been in the hands of the Fortescue family since it was purchased by Sir John Fortescue, Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor to Henry VI in the 1459s.
The grounds are exceptionally private and unspoilt, with sweeping Cotswold views in every direction. The village is close by, with an award-winning pub, butcher, cafe and farm shop within walking distance.
The likes of Chipping Campden, Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, Daylesford and Soho Farmhouse are all just up the road.
Cheltenham, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford are all within easy reach and provide more extensive shopping, leisure and cultural amenities as well as first class education establishments for both the state and private sector. And of course, there are miles and miles of glorious countryside walks to discover; perhaps the perfect way to explore this breathtakingly beautiful part of the world.
Dining-room with open fire
Kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, microwave and fridge
Steps to Sitting-room with Smart TV, Bluetooth speaker and open fire
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6'')
Bedroom 2 with king-size double bed (5')
Bedroom 3 with twin beds (3')
Bathroom 1 with bath, shower attachment, WC and wash-basin
Bathroom 2 with bath, shower attachment, WC and wash-basin
The drive turns into a narrow uneven track that is not suitable for low profile cars.
- No pets
- Cot and high chair
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 4 cars
- No smoking
- Pub .25 miles
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full gas-fired CH
Welcome to enchanting The Summer House.
The elegant sitting-room with wood panelling and exposed beams is the perfect place to unwind.
The pretty kitchen has all you would need to cook up a feast.
Treat yourself to the finer things in life with this fabulous canopied bed.
The original red brick side of The Summer House was built in 1720 as a banqueting house at the head of the carp ponds.
The lawns in front of the pond are reminiscent of the set of a period drama.
Spectacular views of the Cotswold countryside.
Step inside for the start of a rather grand stay.
Art lovers will enjoy the quirky pictures adorning the dining-room walls.
The dining-room's open plan design creates the perfect place for entertaining.
The traditional tall sash windows offer picturesque views whilst you dine.
Share a glass of wine in the kitchen as you prepare your evening meal.
Modern design combines with traditional features.
The kitchen opens out to the beautiful front lawn.
The pretty Cotswold wing with climbing wisteria is picture perfect.
Steps lead from the entrance hall to the sitting-room.
Enjoy a game of backgammon in front of a roaring open fire.
The delightfully cosy sitting-room is the perfect place to snuggle up with your family after a day exploring the Cotswold countryside.
Country cottage styling at its best.
During warmer months the panelled door opens out to gardens in front of the carp pond.
Effortless charm with traditional features throughout.
Fancy a tipple? Compliments of Lord and Lady Fortescue.
A bright and comfortable bedroom to enjoy breakfast in bed and catch up on some news.
You can even enjoy the fabulous views from bed.
The classic charm of bedroom two!
Freshen up in one of two bathrooms.
Enjoy local produce and take in the fresh country air.
The serene carp pond is pure tranquility.
Plenty of room for your kids to burn off some energy.
What a grand approach!
Additional outdoor seating at the front of The Summer House, ideal for al fresco dining.
Unwind, you are on holiday after all...
Gorgeous countryside as far as the eye can see.
The pear and apple orchards produce abundant fruit.
Fruit trees alongside the pond, lead to the original red brick wing.
The stunning lavender fields of Snowshill.
The popular cafe at Blockley serves delicious meals.
A must visit is St Edwards Church, dating back to the Middle Ages, it is rumoured that it inspired JRR Tolkien to create The Doors of Durin in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Beautiful Stow-on-the-Wold offers an array of antiques shops.
Broadway Tower is nearby and well worth a visit.
Explore the array of shops and restaurants at Chipping Campden.