The house was once owned by the de Montfort family, with water gardens providing a most romantic setting. The Browns have added solar panels too. Traditional, comfortable bedrooms in your own part of the house have views, slippers and sofas. From the grand wood-panelled hall enter a beamed dining room with high-backed chairs, brass rubbings, wood-burner and pretty 12th-century arch.
Breakfast will set you up for a day walking or exploring: homemade muesli, bacon from pigs just up the road, homegrown tomatoes, field mushrooms and eggs, vegan and vegetarian options. Wander the gardens and admire the house, which is a historic building – lovers of history will be absorbed.
Oxford Park & Ride is nearby, there’s walking from the door and delightful Christine has wangled you a free glass of wine in the local pub if you walk to get there.