One of the most elegant country house hotels in the Cotswolds, Buckland Manor is tucked away in a tranquil corner of the village of Buckland, next to the old village church.
Set in ten acres of grounds, which blend seamlessly into the village, the beautiful manor house is unmarked by the passing of time; it is an idyllic setting from which to enjoy an exceptionally warm welcome, tantalising menus lovingly crafted from the ‘market garden of England’ and breath-taking Cotswold scenery.
In the heart of the Cotswold tourist trail, Buckland Manor is only a few minutes from the much loved town of Broadway, with its pretty high street and eclectic shops. Staying in Buckland you are well placed to discover the wider area of the Cotswolds, Oxfords dreaming spires and the home of Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon.
The Manor dates back to the thirteenth century, first mentioned in 600 AD, when the land was owned by the Abbey of Gloucester. It was later recorded in the Domesday Book. The village of Buckland is thought to have the oldest rectory in England, which stands next to the Manor, with an impressive timbered hall that dates from the 15th Century.
John Wesley preached in the church of St. Michael, the east window of which contains some splendid 15th Century glass, judged by some to be the best in the Cotswolds and reputed to have come from Hailes Abbey at the Dissolution.
William Morris attended church services here when he came to Buckland in the 19th Century and was so impressed by the glass that he personally paid for its re-leading.
ROOMS & SUITES
The 15 bedrooms at Buckland Manor are luxuriously appointed and provide the highest standards of comfort, all individually furnished with antiques and fine fabrics. Naturally all come with crisp white linen, plumped up pillows and luxurious beds to guarantee that perfect night’s slumber.
Spacious and luxurious, our two Master Suites have elegant features and are both located on the first floor. Both suites have enough space for an extra bed if required. Homemade biscuits and mineral water greet you in your room. L’Occitane skin care and bath lotions along with slippers and fluffy robes and a Vispring bed complete your stay.
Floral features a separate writing room with views over the front garden to the surrounding hills. This room has a fireplace with electric fire. Floral has a beautiful bathroom with roll top bath and walk in shower.
Vaulted offers wonderful double aspect views of the surrounding hills as well as the fountain gardens. This room has a fireplace with electric fire and features a luxurious bathroom with bath, large separate shower and under floor heating.
Each room benefits from complimentary Wi-Fi access. (Both rooms can be made as twin beds and can accommodate an extra bed. Floral has a king size bed and Vaulted has a super king size bed.)
SUPERIOR FOUR POSTER ROOM
Perfect for a romantic getaway, or an added level of luxury our elegant Superior Four Poster bedroom ‘Oak’ is a large oak-panelled bedroom located on the ground floor. The bathroom boasts a separate bath and walk in shower and the bedroom features an original fireplace with electric fire and enjoys magical views of the gardens.
Homemade biscuits and mineral water greet you in your room. L’Occitane skin care and bath lotions along with slippers and fluffy robes and a Vispring bed complete your stay.
Relax and unwind in one of our stylish and spacious Deluxe bedrooms with large seating area and beautiful garden views. Each Deluxe bathroom offers the perfect blend of comfort with a bath and walk in shower.
Homemade biscuits and mineral water greet you in your room. L’Occitane skin care and bath lotions along with slippers and fluffy robes and a Vispring bed complete your stay.
Blue is located on the first floor and boasts glorious views of the rear gardens. This bedroom has a king size bed, which alternatively can be made as twin beds and has a fireplace with electric fire.
Delany is our only Deluxe room located on the ground floor and benefits from a separate writing room and very spacious seating area. This bedroom looks out on to the Medieval Church next door as well as having glorious views of the gardens.
Delany has an extremely large bathroom, with roll top bath and wet room style shower. There is a small step between the bedroom and writing room. A sofa bed can be set up in this room to accommodate a child. Delany is the only room in the hotel that can accommodate dogs.
Fountain is located on the first floor and consists of two bedrooms with one bathroom. The larger bedroom has a king size bed, which alternatively can be made as twin beds. The smaller bedroom is set as twin beds, however can be made as a king size bed if preferred.
The Fountain bedroom offers wonderful views of the fountain garden and surrounding gardens and countryside. This room has a fireplace with electric fire and features a luxurious bathroom with bath, large separate shower and under floor heating.
Scott is located on the first floor and boasts glorious views of the rear gardens from the bedroom and front garden views from the bathroom.
Our Classic bedrooms are comfortable in size and elegant in style, complete with sumptuous beds ranging from double to king and luxurious ensuite bathrooms. Homemade biscuits and mineral water greet you in your room. L’Occitane skin care and bath lotions along with slippers and fluffy robes and a Vispring bed complete your stay.
Abbotts is our only Classic bedroom located on the ground floor and looks out on to the medieval church next door as well as having views over the front gardens. It features a king size bed and has a luxurious bathroom with a shower incorporated over the bath.
Aviary is located on the first floor and boasts glorious views of our rear gardens. It features a queen bed and has a luxurious en suite bathroom with underfloor heating and a separate shower and bath, with steps between the bedroom and bathroom.
Green is located on the first floor, boasts glorious views of our rear gardens and features a queen size bed. It also has the largest luxurious bathroom of our Classic rooms and consists of a bath and large walk in shower.
Rose is located in the oldest part of Buckland Manor and can be found on the first floor. This room has wonderful views of our front gardens with the bathroom overlooking the medieval church next door. Rose features a queen size bed and has a luxurious bathroom with a bath and large walk in shower.
Summer is located on the first floor and has wonderful views over our front gardens. It features a double bed and has a luxurious bathroom with bath and walk in shower, with steps between the bedroom and bathroom.
DINING & DRINKING
Crafted by Head Chef, Will Guthrie, menus feature fresh local produce from the neighbouring Vale of Evesham, affectionately known as the market garden of England. Fresh herbs are grown in the Manor’s own grounds and, as you would expect in a house of this heritage, there is a magnificent wine cellar.
Head Chef, Mark Potts and his team of talented chefs work tirelessly to create mouth-watering menus that are English at their core and stay true to location, whilst remaining innovative and modern. Menus feature fresh local produce from the neighbouring Vale of Evesham, affectionately known as the market garden of England.
Fresh herbs are grown in the Manor’s own grounds and, as you would expect in a house of this heritage, there is a magnificent wine cellar. Please note: the dress code for dinner and Sunday lunch is smart casual and we ask that gentlemen wear a jacket in the dining room.
From a kitchen that has the privilege of having the ‘market garden of England’ – the Vale of Evesham – on its doorstep, as well as a herb garden in the grounds, the food at Buckland Manor represents a love of fresh, seasonal and local produce.
Both the hotel’s main restaurant and private dining room have a typical country house hotel character and atmosphere – an ideal venue for that special, private dining occasion. Up to 44 guests may be seated at round tables in the dining room, or up to 14 guests may be seated at a long table in the Morning Room.
The Morning Room is a charming intimate room, fully licensed for civil ceremonies and perfect for up to 14 guests. It is a beautiful light room, facing the rear landscaped gardens with an open fireplace.
The Dining Room is a stunning double aspect elegant room, fully licensed for civil ceremonies and perfect for up to 44 guests. It is a beautiful light room, with stunning views over the gardens.
AFTERNOON TEA HAMPER
Enjoy a famous Buckland Manor afternoon tea wherever you wish. Featuring all of the treats expected, even served with your choice of tea or coffee, kept warm all day in a hot flask. Find a spot within the grounds, in the lounges (if the weather’s not on your side), take to your bedroom or with you for a day trip.
The drawing rooms welcome guests into the Brownsword family’s home-from-home in the Cotswolds; fine antiques and rich fabrics brought together by the family sit alongside artwork dedicated to the house by the last private owners, to create an intimate, welcoming and peaceful countryside retreat.
Welcoming guests as if to a private home, Buckland Manor is an elegant venue for your perfect wedding. Sublime cuisine and the finest wines blend with luxurious guest rooms and a breath-taking setting.
The Morning Room is a charming intimate room, fully licensed, perfect for up to 12 guests for the ceremony. It is a beautiful light room facing the rear landscaped gardens with an open fireplace. This can then be changed into a private dining room for the reception afterwards.
The Dining Room is a stunning double aspect elegant room that is fully licensed and can hold 40 people for the ceremony which can then be re-arranged for the reception. It is a beautiful, light room with views over the gardens.
The pretty 13th Century village church stands next to Buckland Manor, with prior arrangement, the church is able to perform a blessing for your marriage (certain restrictions apply). After the blessing, you can lead the wedding party through the walled garden into Buckland Manor for your reception.
MEETINGS & OCCASIONS
Buckland Manor is available for exclusive hire only, giving you and your guests total privacy in which to enjoy your event. Set in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds, it is ideally placed for a variety of countryside pursuits and is particularly popular with hunt and shoot parties as well as offering a tranquil venue for board meetings, incentive breaks or team building events.
Located only a short drive from the M5 and Cheltenham, with good links to Birmingham and the airport, the Manor has 15 luxury ensuite bedrooms and can accommodate 33 overnight guests with dining available for up to 40 guests. Taking the house exclusively for your event affords the privacy you require and the space for your guests to unwind.
The Manor is available from 2.00pm on the day of arrival until 11.00am on the day of departure, and is inclusive of all our 15 luxurious bedrooms, use of all public areas, including the lounges, dining room and gardens, a light lunch or afternoon tea during the course of the day, three-course meal with coffee and petit fours and of course full English breakfast for guests staying overnight.
Overlooking the Vale of Evesham, Buckland Manor’s ten acres of beautiful gardens are a true hidden gem and feature a stream, rose beds, croquet lawn and a tennis court, nestled amongst woodland leading into the surrounding countryside.
The gardens exude an air of peace and tranquillity and one of the Cotswolds’ best kept secrets is alfresco afternoon tea on the terrace, served with the exceptional, attentive hospitality guests have come to expect from this unique manor house hotel.
Located in the gardens of Buckland Manor, croquet, boules and tennis is available to all our guests. The equipment can be found at the front desk. If you need any assistance or help with the rules, our Reception team are happy to help.
Your magical family adventure begins at our beautiful country retreat. This is why we love Buckland Manor. Our family days here are spent enjoying picnics in the gardens, exploring the local countryside and playing garden games. Your family become our family – everyone’s welcome. Our passion for the simple things in life inspire us to create special family experiences.
FUN & GAMES
Our beautiful gardens play host to our passionate beliefs in the simple pleasures of family, friends and fun. Overlooking the Vale of Evesham, Buckland Manor’s ten acres of beautiful gardens are a true hidden gem and feature a stream, rose beds, croquet lawn and a tennis court, nestled amongst woodland leading into the surrounding countryside. Our grounds open up nature hunts with exciting finds and new discoveries and there are walks a plenty in the local area.
THINGS TO DO IN THE COTSWOLDS
Idyllic England is wrapped up in the Cotswolds. Welcome to this very special, wonderfully picturesque region. Defined by its rolling hills, or ‘wolds’, this glorious region runs through five counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire – and offers a host of activities and attractions. In all seasons, too!
Explore quintessential villages of honey-coloured stone; take in splendid market towns; visit some of the country’s greatest palaces and country houses; marvel at the natural world in acclaimed reserves and at some of the most famous Arboretums in Britain; walk through breath-taking landscapes along historic trails.
Visits to gardens are often associated with summertime, but here in the Cotswolds, gardens bloom and burst with colour throughout all seasons of the year. Historic woodlands, offer lovely walks for bluebell spotting and in late spring and summer, the herbaceous borders at Hidcote Manor, Snowshill Manor and Bourton House Garden will surprise and delight.
Kiftsgate Court and Sudeley Castle’s Queens’ Garden – named after the four English queens that walked within – become beautifully fragrant with roses. When summer turns to autumn and the trees take on a golden hue, dramatic colours can be seen throughout the ancient beech woodlands of the Cotswolds.
OUR TOP 5 GARDENS
- Hidcote – Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.
- Kiftsgate Court Gardens – Kiftsgate Gardens are one of the hidden treasures of the Cotswolds that lay a stones throw away from the more famous Hidcote Gardens. If you have the choice choose Kiftsgate, especially in July, when the roses are in full bloom – you will be awe inspired. Kiftsgate is even more spell bindingly magnificent! and all down to three generations of women.
- Highgrove – Highgrove is the private residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire. Since 1980 when the Prince of Wales first arrived at Highgrove, His Royal Highness has devoted much energy to transforming the gardens around the house, which are now renowned as some of the most inspiring and innovative in the United Kingdom.
- Mill Dene – Mill Dene is a romantic story of a young couple falling in love with each other and a beautiful Cotswold stone water mill.
- Sezincote – Sezincote is unique. At the heart of a traditional, family-run estate covering 4,500 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside stands a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, set in a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.
HOUSES & CASTLES
Immerse yourself in the history of the Cotswolds at one of the many museums, great historic houses, or just walk through the streets and down the back lanes within the beautiful Cotswold stone towns and villages.
There is so much history to take in that you’ll be sure to find a story that rewards your interests. ‘Cotswolds’ is a combination of two very old English words. Everyone is pretty much agreed that ‘Wolds’ are gentle hills, and most people agree that ‘Cots’ are sheep enclosures. So ‘Cotswolds’ probably just means an area of gentle hills with plenty of sheep around.
OUR TOP 5 HOUSES & CASTLES
- Sudeley Castle – Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years. Outside, the castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked upon the original Tudor Parterre.
- Snowshill Manor – Snowshill Manor is a Cotswold manor house packed with extraordinary treasures collected over a life time by Charles Wade.
- Blenheim Palace – Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th Century to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. In particular, it was built as a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, the military commander who led the Allied forces in the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704.
- Chastleton House – By remaining within the same family for much of its existence, Chastleton has been able to retain its unique spirit and collection being affectionately called a time capsule and treasure trove. With little intrusion from the modern age, you can literally feel like you are stepping back in time as you enter the front door. Kelmscott Manor – Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. When Morris first saw the Manor in 1871, he was delighted by this ‘loveliest haunt of ancient peace’; he signed a joint lease for the property with his friend and colleague Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist.
The Cotswold hills are crisscrossed with dry stone walls, this picturesque landscape is completed with hidden river valleys and distinctive market towns and villages made of the famous Cotswold stone. Many Cotswold villages have enigmatic names such as The Slaughters, Stow-on-the-Wold, The Oddingtons, Ampney Crucis and Guiting Power.
OUR TOP 5 COTSWOLD VILLAGES
- Broadway – The image of Broadway today remains as it has done for centuries; a charismatic spectacle of rolling wolds, overlooking a gathering of ancient honey coloured limestone period buildings with orderly horse chestnut trees lining the grass-fringed verges of the historic ‘broad way’ High Street.
- Bourton-on-the-Water – Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswold’s and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the region being serviced by the many shops, café’s, and attractions.
- Stow-on-the-Wold – Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town (population circa. 2000) and along with Moreton in Marsh, perhaps the best known of the small Cotswolds towns. Stow-on the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns standing exposed on 800 feet high Stow Hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way.
- Chipping Campden – Chipping Campden is one of the loveliest small towns in the Cotswolds and a gilded masterpiece of limestone and craftsmanship. The main street curves in a shallow arc lined with a succession of ancient houses each grafted to the next but each with its own distinctive embellishments.
- Stanway & Stanton – A pair of pretty Cotswolds villages set just one mile apart south of Broadway in the county of Worcestershire. Hidden gems set in the north west of the Cotswolds.
The rolling hills and grassland harbour, thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone make up The Cotswolds. The 102-mile Cotswold Way walking trail follows the Cotswold Edge escarpment from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden in the north. Below are a few of our favourite places to visit.
OUR TOP 5 SIGHTS TO SEE
- Broadway Tower – Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown. His vision was carried out for George William 6th Earl of Coventry with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and completed in 1798.
- Cotswolds Distillery – The Cotswolds Distillery is the first-ever full-scale craft distillery within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Cotswold Lavender – We are a third generation family farm set in the Heart of the beautiful Cotswold Hills overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham. Lavender was first planted here in 2000 in fields previously used to grow wheat and barley.
- Batsford Arboretum – The 56 acre arboretum at Batsford is situated just a mile west of the historic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh in the heart of the Cotswolds. The Cotswold Falconry Centre is home to over 60 different species of Birds of Prey, with many breeding in front of you here at the Centre.
- Toddington Railway – The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway runs along a part of the former Great Western Railway’s mainline from Birmingham to Cheltenham, via Stratford-upon-Avon. The line commands wonderful views of the sleepy hamlets and villages, as the it runs though the beautiful Cotswold countryside.
Here in the Cotswolds you’ll find ideal walking country: stunning countryside with green rolling hills crisscrossed by countless footpaths, secluded river valleys, picturesque towns and villages of honey coloured stone along with an abundance of welcoming Cotswold inns and tea rooms. If you are feeling active, we have a few suggestions for you…
OUR TOP 5 ACTIVITIES
- The Cotswold Way – The Cotswold Way offers just over 100 miles of magical walking, with long distance views from the Cotswold escarpment, and journeys through picturesque villages and past famous ancient sites.
- Horse Riding at Cotswolds Riding – With over 50 horses and ponies to suit any level of ability and challenge, people come from all over the UK and around the world to ride at Jill Carenza’s. Set in the picturesque village of Stanton at the foot of the Cotswolds escarpment, riders can be up in the hills enjoying magnificent views on many miles of paths and bridleways, with virtually no roadwork.
- Cotswolds Clay Shooting – David has many years’ experience of both game and clay shooting and has taught thousands of guests the basics of the most rewarding of sports. Individuals, couples, small groups are catered for on a personal basis. Whilst larger groups and company days are taught by David himself and other equally qualified coaches. The lesson are relaxed and fun but also teach you the correct technique and safety to help if you wish to go further with shooting.
- Broadway Golf Club – Established in 1895 on an escarpment with wonderful views across the Vale of Evesham to the Malvern Hills & Black Mountains, Broadway is one of the finest members’ golf clubs in the Cotswolds. Partly designed by James Braid & Dr Alistair McKenzie of Augusta fame, careful use has been made of the natural contours with rolling fairways intersected by Cotswold dry-stone walls & undulating greens that test even the best of golfers.
- Cotswold Falconry Centre – Started in 1988, Cotswold Falconry houses around 150 Birds of Prey. Many can be seen during the free-flying demonstrations, while over thirty separate species have been bred in their successful but non-commercial breeding aviaries. The aim of the centre is to promote the greater understanding of birds of prey through education and fun.