Thorpe Manor – Thorpe Mandeville, Oxfordshire
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Pulling up to this gloriously grand grade II*-listed Georgian house in the pretty Oxfordshire village of Thorpe Mandeville, it’s clear that this is an English country pile with a difference. No fusty furniture or creaky floorboards here; recently completely restored, each of its many sprawling rooms including 14 standout ensuite bedrooms, which have been meticulously designed, seamlessly blending modern touches with period furniture. An exclusive-use homestay, it’s popular for special occasions, especially parties and weddings, with a wealth of sociable spaces, like its inviting dining room seating 30; a sumptuous drawing room with plump sofas and piles of boardgames in front of the cosy fireplace; a lavish wood-panelled bar for an intimate night cap and a showstopper cinema with velvet armchairs and an enormous screen. Popcorn and snacks are stashed in the pantry, along with an abundance of other treats for your stay. Cooking is at your discretion – the kitchen is beautifully equipped with everything you may need and local suppliers and caterers can also ease the load while you relax in these most exquisite surroundings.
From £20,000 a week
+44 (0)1295 711006; thorpemanorhouse.co.uk