Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Foxhill Manor

Rates from (ex tax)$316.98

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP299.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Thoroughly modern manor

Setting

Vale-view woodland estate

So come on, who hasn’t always wanted their own country mansion set in 400 acres of rolling English countryside? Foxhill Manor, a boutique hotel in the Cotswolds, offers you precisely that. With just eight bedrooms, a gifted chef at your beck and call, and hosts who’ll make you feel more at home than your home does, this is your chance to play lord of the manor.

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Facilities

Photos Foxhill Manor facilities

Need to know

Rooms

Eight, including three suites.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in 3pm (you can hang around in the communal areas if you need to leave later, though).

Rates

Double rooms from $316.98 (£249), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP299.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include use of the Dormy House spa (and transport there and back), a full breakfast spread of breads and pastries, as well as à la carte options, drinks – alcoholic and soft – and snacks from the trolley and the pantry. Oh, and cake.

Also

Inclement weather or just feeling lazy? Book some time in the screening room, plonk yourself on a Fatboy bean bag and indulge in a spot of home cinema action (with complimentary popcorn, naturally). The Manor has a vast stash of DVDs available and the TV is – excuse us for getting technical here – bloomin’ massive.

At the hotel

Gardens, screening room (with film selection, consoles and games), ballroom, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, tablet computer, iPod dock, Nespresso machine, kettle, Temple Spa bath products. Wellies are available to borrow, and all the facilities of Dormy House and Farncombe Estate (including the spa, swimming pool, tennis courts and gym) are free to use.

Our favourite rooms

If you’re of a four-poster, twin-clawfoot-tubs-by-the-window, cosy-lounge-area-with original-fireplace sort of bent, you should probably secure the keys to the oh-so-romantic Oak Suite on the ground floor. If, however, you like your hotel rooms to resemble a cross between a rockstar afterparty and a Bedouin tent, head on up to the Maple room on the second floor, which has a king-size bed that can be curtained off from the rest of the room, a massive corner sofa and Fatboy bean bag, and a charming writing desk by the window. Our vote for the best views, however, goes to Birch, which looks out over the Vale of Evesham to the Black Mountains of Wales.

Poolside

The 16m indoor infinity pool at the Dormy House Spa is two minutes’ drive away (Foxhill staff can shuttle you over), as is its outdoor hot tub.

Spa

Foxhill guests can cadge a lift over to Dormy’s award-laden House Spa whenever they fancy, and take advantage of the full-on Scandi-style thermal suite (featuring a Finnish sauna, lavender steam room, thalassotherapy room, experience shower and ice bath), the Veuve Cliquot champagne bar-cum-nail-parlour and six sleek treatment rooms, including a ‘couple’s closet’ for pampering pairs. The array of Temple Spa treatments on offer runs the gamut from grooming and beautifying to relaxingly indulgent. Treat your face to diamonds and black truffle, rejuvenate with a rhassoul mud bath or have yourself massaged into serenity before a healthy (or not) lunch on the Greenhouse terrace.

Packing tips

Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten something – Foxhill’s one of those places where staff will work miracles to ensure you have everything you need. There are wellies to borrow and the kitchen can fix you up with a picnic, but if you’re planning on running or rambling around the grounds, bring suitably outdoorsy attire. (And don’t forget your swimming stuff for use over at Dormy House).

Also

You can book all eight bedrooms for exclusive use (if you want to book more than three rooms, you'll have to take over the whole place, and liaise with the events team). The Juniper bedroom is suitable for guests with mobility issues.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs are welcome in all rooms for £30 a night, which gets them a bed and bowl. They even get to sample the chef’s own cooking, with specially prepared dog food from the Foxhill kitchen. There’s a maximum of two dogs in each room. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.

Children

Over-12s are welcome at Foxhill Manor (Dormy House is better for younger kids). The Hazel Suite, which has a separate lounge with a sofa bed, is the best bet for families with teens in tow.

Food and Drink

Photos Foxhill Manor food and drink

Top Table

The Dining Room’s small enough for it not to matter where you sit, but in summer, ask your host to have a table set up on the lawn and get a glorious eyeful of Cotswolds while you dine.

Dress Code

While you’re staying here, you’re Lord and Lady Smith of Foxhill, so dress with the eccentric swagger of the modern-day aristocrat. Or stick to your civvies – no one’s judging.

Hotel restaurant

Once the Manor’s library, the Dining Room is modern and intimate, with a log fire on one side and a full-service bar on the other. You’re not limited to the dining room, however; Foxhill has a ‘whatever, whenever’ policy when it comes to meals, and although chef Jon Ingram does come up with a daily four-course menu and a host of house specials (all regionally sourced and seasonal, naturally), if you want beans on toast and a bucket of Skittles to eat in the bath, just say the word. At Foxhill you can wander into the kitchen whenever you like and request a picnic, a barbecue on the lawn, a spit-roasted ox… If it’s doable, they’ll do it (but maybe give a bit of notice for the ox). And of course, Dormy House down the road has two restaurants to choose from.

Hotel bar

As you’d expect from any manor worth its stemware, there’s a vast and wide-ranging wine cellar for the plundering (with some surprsingly inexpensive options, too), as well as a wide array of spirits and regional Cotswolds ales housed in the Dining Room bar. Warmed by the open fire, the Living Room’s a lovely spot for pre- or post-prandials, or head out onto the terrace for a sundowner.

Last orders

No such thing.

Room service

Anything you fancy can be delivered to your door 24 hours a day.

Location

Photos Foxhill Manor location
Address
Foxhill Manor
Farncombe Estate, Broadway
Cotswolds
WR12 7LJ
Cotswolds
United Kingdom

Planes

An hour’s drive away, Birmingham Airport is the closest international gateway, although, at 90 minutes by car, Bristol Airport isn’t too far a stretch. London’s headliners, Heathrow and Gatwick, are around 82 and 118 miles away respectively.

Trains

Moreton-in-Marsh train station is an easy 15-minute taxi ride from Foxhill – the hotel will arrange for a pick up if you ask. Moreton’s on the First Great Western network’s Cotswold Line, 90 minutes direct from London Paddington, an hour from Reading and 40 minuutes from Oxford.

Automobiles

The Cotswolds is made for pootling around country lanes, and there’s plenty of free parking available at the Manor, so a car can be very handy for exploring your surroundings. Foxhill is reached via Farncombe Estate’s private road, accessed from the A44 (the Fish Hill stretch) about a mile outside Broadway village. From London and the south, take the M40 and A44; from Birmingham and the north, you’ll want the M5 and the A44, bypassing Evesham via the A46.

Other

The Farncombe Estate helipad is at your disposal (and Foxhill can arrange a helicopter for you if you don’t have one to hand). Coordinates are: W150.32.18/ N522.4.12.

Worth getting out of bed for

At Foxhill Manor, you have a 400-acre woodland playground on your doorstep, so grab a pair of wellies/bike/horse/shotgun and go explore. Staff can arrange any outdoor pursuit you fancy pursuing and pack you a picnic to enjoy while you do it. And if you’re into swinging, Foxhill Manor can make you a member of neighbouring Broadway Gold Club for the day. Make time to have at least one ramble around the estate while you’re here, and ask staff to slip you the key to the secret Japanese Garden, one of the most tranquil spots you’re ever likely to swoon in.

The closest of the Cotswolds signature chocolate-box villages is Broadway, around a 40-minute ramble away. Dotted with dinky shops and cosy cafés, it’s also home to the Gordon Russell Design Museum, dedicated to the Arts-and-Crafts-inspired 20th-century designer who lived here, and the Ashmolean at Broadway, the village’s outpost of Oxford’s most famous museum. Capability Brown’s Broadway Tower is also close by; the 20-metre turreted folly offers some of the most breath-snatching country views you’ll find in the Cotswolds (and that’s saying something). Chipping Campden – historic centre of the Arts and Crafts Movement – is a short drive from Foxhill and a haven for fans of tearooms and indie boutiques. Almost any of the villages in these parts rewards a visit, but the star attractions are Stow-on-the-Wold (for art and antiques), Winchcombe (for history, thanks to Studely Castle and the ruins of Hailes Abbey on its doorstep) and Burford (for an insight into what the world might look like if time had stopped during the Tudor dynasty). Want brighter lights and bigger cities? Horsey Cheltenham, bookish Oxford and bardish Stratford-upon-Avon are all less than an hour away.

 

Local restaurants

Hotel staff can shuttle you back and forth to Dormy House, where you have the choice of hearty gastropub pie-and-pint-style dining in The Potting Shed or inventive dress-up dinners in The Garden Room. Both are helmed by Foxhill’s Jon Ingram, so if you fancy a change of chef, head to the historic Childswickham Inn (+44 (0)1386 852461, www.childswickhaminn.co.uk) just outside Broadway for exposed-beam cosiness and hearty country-pub cuisine.  The Seagrave Arms in Chipping Campden (+44 (0)1386 840192, www.seagravearms.co.uk) is a showcase for Cotswolds-sourced ingredients and ales. The 17th-century Lygon Arms, also in Chipping Campden (+44 (0)1386 852255, www.lygonarms.co.uk) is set in a vaulted minstrel’s gallery boasts a cocktail list as enticing as its pie-and-platter-laced dining menu. Close to Moreton-in-Marsh, honey-toned country pub The Horse and Groom (+44 (0)1386 700413, www.horseandgroom.info) is a consistent high-ranker in the region’s best-of lists.

Local cafés

Of all Broadway’s cutesy-cosy cafés and tea-and-cake pitstops, The Market Pantry (+44 (0)1386 858318, www.marketpantry.co.uk) ticks Smith’s boxes for atmosphere (Edwardian-style kitchen), top-drawer cream tea and moreish cake.

Local bars

The Cotswolds is hardly known for its night scene, but if you fancy joining the locals for a lazy ale by the fire, you could do far worse than popping into the Swan Broadway (+44 (0)1386 852278, www.theswanbroadway.co.uk).

Reviews

Photos Foxhill Manor reviews

Anonymous review

We’re sitting by a roaring fire, two bottles of champagne down, chatting with our new friends from Cheshire:

‘The trouble with these Man City players,’ she tells us, ‘is that none of them speaks English.’

‘Well how do they communicate with the manager and the team?’ Mr Smith queries.

‘They all have interpretlatators.’

Her husband corrects her – “It’s ‘interpreter’ darling,” and we all fall about laughing. Their ‘cropped and docked’ Doberman – imported at great expense from Russia – sits by their feet, and we can’t decide who’s wearing a more impressive chain: Nika or her master. Now, clearly Mr Smith and I love a good chat, especially with people as fascinating as these, but it’s been nearly two hours since we arrived at the hotel and we’re yet to check in or be shown to our room. The champagne flows from the complimentary bar in the drawing room, and while we’re having a wonderful time we are starting to wonder if we have wandered into someone’s home, instead of luxury Cotswolds stay Foxhill Manor.

Eventually, I nudge Mr Smith and he goes off to investigate, returning with a man offering yet more champagne. ‘Sorry, your room has been ready since you arrived, but I didn’t like to interrupt, you looked like you were having such a good time’. And so, the tone is set for Foxhill Manor – it’s a hotel, but not as you know it.

Foxhill Manor is set in the Worcestershire hills, just north of Broadway, which is an outrageously pretty village in wonderful yellow Cotswold stone. The manor itself is a beautiful Grade II-listed Arts and Crafts house, set in 400 acres of countryside on the Farncombe Estate, which is also home to Dormy House, its sister hotel. We arrived in January for a couple of nights’ respite from the dog and the baby, and it’s testament to the hotel that all rooms were full, mid-week, some with guests returning for a second or third time – quite a feat for a hotel that’s only been open for two years.

Our room is enormous, with two bath tubs lying side by side in the centre. We sip more champagne while waxing lyrical on the joys of bathing together yet separately. Mr Smith lies on our fabulous four-poster bed and turns on both the televisions in our room, while I play with the ‘press for fresh milk’ button on the in-room iPad – it duly arrives in 30 seconds.

Dressed and ready for dinner, we venture off to discuss our evening meal with the chef. We find him in the open kitchen teaching two fellow guests how to make the pasta they fell in love with the night before. There are no menus here, everything’s either grown on-site or sourced from within three miles, so you eat what’s fresh from the suppliers that morning.

Three courses are suggested, but don’t be afraid to demur, as the kitchen is very flexible; they’ve previously recreated a couple’s first-date meal for an anniversary dinner. The food is exceptional, and the quality never wavers, course after course, meal after meal. It’s without a doubt the best hotel-dining experience Mr Smith and I have ever had.   

After breakfast, we decide to go for a walk, and set off out the door, past the line of wellies for guests to borrow. In confident Londoner style, we don’t listen to the directions we’re given and stride off down the drive on the walk to Broadway. The beautifully executed and clearly delineated map (with accompanying directions through woodland and fields and over stiles) lies unfolded in Mr Smith’s pocket. Holding hands, we set off into the snow-covered landscape. Some 20 minutes later we find ourselves walking along a busy A-Road, no longer holding hands and being pelted by slush from passing cars. On our arrival two days earlier we drove along this exact road, and commented on a pair of figures trudging along it. Who on Earth wanted to go for a walk here? We had wondered. The answer was becoming horribly clear: silly Londoners who prefer to ‘follow their nose’. Luckily, we had listened to the part about picking us up if we didn’t fancy the walk back, so we took refuge in a local pub while waiting for our driver.

We sheepishly arrived at breakfast at 11.45am on our last day, after our first lie-in together since our baby was born. We had no need to be embarrassed; the dining room was still full of other lazy guests and a breakfast tray was being delivered to a room at 12.30pm as we left. Beyond the food, location and the house itself, Foxhill’s trump card is its service. The hotel has a motto: ‘what you fancy, when you fancy it’, and it’s no empty corporate line. They approach service so freely, that it’s completely different from anywhere else I’ve stayed. It makes you question the way other hotels are run… Why use a room key when you trust and like the other guests and staff? Why sign for every drink and meal, or even at all? If you want to pretend you’re Anna Wintour for a few days and madly request lobsters at 3am and snow in July, I think the staff here would rise to the challenge and love every minute. They truly want you to be happy, relaxed and have a good time; and –as our minibreak proved – they succeed.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Foxhill Manor’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff were incredible. The house is beautiful and peaceful. The views are stunning. One of the best stays of our lives.

Don’t expect

To be stressed out! This is a very relaxing hotel.

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Stayed on 21 Mar 2017

We loved

Everything.

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Stayed on 13 Mar 2017

We loved

Foxhill has ruined all other hotels for us now, it is quite simply the best place I've ever stayed! The staff are amazing and make you feel perfectly at home, thinking nothing of setting up a table for you in your favourite nook to dine at. The Oak Suite was just incredible, nothing quite like grabbing a complimentary glass of champagne from the lounge and then sipping it in the bath looking out over the valley.

Don’t expect

Crowds, noise, or for anything to be too much trouble for the staff to pull off.

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Stayed on 26 Feb 2017

We loved

Everything! Beautiful place, fantastic food. The perfect weekend escape. Can't wait to return!

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Stayed on 10 Feb 2017

We loved

The rooms, the service and location. Visit Russell's restaurant in Broadway.

Don’t expect

Loud music, a night club and disco.

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Stayed on 28 Nov 2016

We loved

The Birch room with its fabulous views across the Cotswolds.The estate itself is great for walking.

Don’t expect

A lively atmosphere.

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Stayed on 24 Nov 2016

We loved

The lovely ambiance, great food and staff who really care about you. This place is something special. A visit to Basford Arboretum is well worth it, or just sit back and enjoy the views from the hotel.

Don’t expect

...any regimentation. you can do what you like when you like.

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Stayed on 15 Nov 2016

We loved

The attention to detail in the interiors and food. The location and the fabulous service. The quiet walks and the use of the Dorm House spa are brilliant.

Don’t expect

...Lively nights.

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Stayed on 3 Nov 2016

We loved

The staff were delightful and the room superb. Worth using the facilities at nearby Dormy House and do visit the Gordon Russell museum in Broadway. 10/10

Don’t expect

disco bars...

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Stayed on 8 Apr 2016

We loved

Only 8 bedrooms so the staff had more time to look after our every need. Instead of a reception or concierge, you're met by the lovely Abby with a welcoming smile and made to relax and chill out from the moment you arrive. The complimentary drinks, cakes and pantry full of goodies was like nothing we have experienced before. The village of Broadway (which is a 45 minute walk from the hotel) is a perfect picture of middle England. 10/10

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Stayed on 30 Mar 2016

We loved

The hotel, the beautiful decor, the service and the grounds. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable, and there is some interesting artwork throughout the hotel. The hotel is very chic but is sympathetic to the Cotswolds stone and architecture. With only 8 rooms and very helpful staff, it felt like staying in a friend's country house.

Don’t expect

There were no disappointments.

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Stayed on 27 Mar 2016

We loved

The breathtaking views, the peace and quiet, the incredible hosts, the amazing food and the choice to have a chat with the chef about our meals and our beautiful room. Make sure you also dine at the Horse Groom in Bourton-on-the-Hill. 

Don’t expect

To want/need something and not get it! Not to be spoiled by the team at the Foxhill Manor.

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Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

We loved

It's not like a hotel at all, more like staying at a friend's. A beautiful manor house that welcomed my dog, Jessie, daughter and myself with a glass of champagne, gluten free cup cakes and a stunning view of the Evesham valley. Supper when, what and where you liked plus an open bar and a pantry full of naughty midnight snacks meant I could truly relax and enter another world far away from busy London. Jessie, the dog, was allowed to trot about where ever she liked (except the dining room and kitchen of course) and chef cooked her her own special mince dish. We also used the gorgeous spa facilities at sister hotel, The Dormy House, as well taking a muddy walk around the Estate on which Foxhill Manor is set (we had our own wellies but they provide them too). Fabulous one night stay. I will be booking again!

Don’t expect

Noisy night life. Small children.

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Stayed on 15 Feb 2016

We loved

The location, the tentative staff, and the whole ambience.

Don’t expect

Noisey atmosphere: this is a very quite hotel.

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Stayed on 12 Feb 2016

We loved

Outstanding high quality weekend away in an English Country House. Staff couldnt do enough for you whilst retaining a strong sense of informaility. Free champagne and cake a real winner!

Don’t expect

To have to do anything!

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Stayed on 8 Jan 2016

We loved

The quiet location, the great attentive staff, and the intimate personal nature of the hotel!

Don’t expect

Noise or volume; it's nice and quiet here.

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Stayed on 9 Dec 2015

We loved

The service and the beautiful decor. The level which our stay was personalised. The attitude that anything was possible. We just had to ask.

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Stayed on 27 Oct 2015

We loved

Everything about foxhill manor. It was WOW from the moment we arrived. Greeted by lovely staff, made to feel welcome from the syart. It was more than I had hoped for my husband was speechless. It was an amazing 50th birthday celebration for him. We will be back. Dont hesitate booking foxhill manor you will not be disappointed. We used the spa at dormy house, sisters hotel to foxhill manor. Again staff friendly and spa and treatments where fantastic. A trip into Broadway village is beautiful with all the cotswold stone and unusual shops. Recommended.

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Stayed on 25 Oct 2015

We loved

The level of service, sumptuous rooms, food that was thoughtfully personalised, the rolling hills around the estate, staff who anticipated your needs, the cosy media room to curl up in when the weather turns... Loved the fact that it was heaven in a bubble!

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Stayed on 23 Aug 2015

We loved

the chef

Don’t expect

anything you might have experienced before

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Stayed on 10 Aug 2015

We loved

Attentive staff and very good evening meal

Don’t expect

It to be brand spanking new, albeit has only been open for a short amount of time. It might be that its size is just too big for the small team to keep on top of.

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Stayed on 31 Jul 2015

We loved

Beautiful manor house, amazing service, fantastic bedroom with stunning views, roll top bath and extremely comfy bed. Tasting menu by Chef Curtis was the best food we've ever had, with each course explained personally by Chef. Veuve champagne on constant supply was huge bonus and the chaufeured trip up to the Dormy for a boozy lunch at the Potting Shed followed by use of the spa was fab.Cannot rave enough about this place, even though it rained all the time we were there! Definitely our new favourite hotel and will be going back hopefully for longer.

Don’t expect

Set menus, treatments at the spa at short notice - need to book well in advance.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Jul 2015