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In the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, between Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford, Bruern Holiday Cottages are one of the few self-catering 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, guests are not expected to provide entirely for themselves on their first night – there are essentials like milk, butter, eggs and sausages waiting for guests in the fridge, along with a few little luxuries like Champagne, home-made cakes and local artisan cheese.
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, toy cars and bicycles for every child and in every size – and above all, other children. For teens (and maybe older-than-teens), there’s a games room with pool, table tennis and table football.
Those a little older can make use of the spa and pool, which have previously been featured in Tatler’s ‘101 Best
Spas’. The facilities at Bruern provide the perfect setting to relax in, with an indoor heated pool whose patio doors open onto a beautiful Italianate garden, with sun loungers on the terrace. Those eager to keep fit can take advantage of the gym, while those less keen can relax at the spa and have a treatment with one of the therapists.
Twice national winners of VisitBritain’s England for Excellence Award, and current holders of EnjoyEngland’s Gold Award for quality, these holiday cottages set a
new benchmark for self-catering, when Judy Astor
first started converting the properties in 1992. At one time they comprised eight of the properties holding VisitBritain’s top grade awards, as compared with only 132 for the whole of the rest of Great Britain. 01993 830415
Bruern Cottages
Bruern, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 6QA.

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