Bruern Cottages & Daylesford Farm – A Perfect Cotswolds Weekend


When you think of the British countryside, the Cotswolds is one of the most picturesque areas to visit. With beautiful Cotswolds villages and towns to explore and some of the best pubs in the UK, it’s popular throughout the year. Bruern Cottages, luxury self-catering accommodation near Kingham, Oxfordshire is a great base from which to explore nearby Daylesford Farm and current holders of EnjoyEngland’s Gold Award for quality. Let’s take a tour…

Bruern Cottages

This collection of 12 luxury Cotswold cottages is located in the grounds of Lady Astor’s Bruern Abbey, in the little village of Bruern. It’s close to Kingham, Chipping Norton and Burford yet easily accessible from London. Arriving outside Cope Cottage, we admired the honey coloured stone building. The noise and stress of London seemed a long way off already! We stepped through one of the cottage’s three entrances and were immediately impressed with the spaciousness of the living space. There was a huge lounge with a dining area, bookcases and comfy sofas. The dining table extends to accommodate large groups and for that reason, Cope is often hired as an entertaining space by people renting the other cottages. Our favourite feature was the log fire, which was mesmerizing to watch whilst enjoying a cup of tea. There are plenty of logs stacked up on the side of the cottage so definitely make the most of it!

Luxury Cotswold cottages to rent
The bedroom has a real wow factor, with a magnificent canopy bed and soft furnishings from Nina Campbell, Colefax and Fowler and Osborne and Little. The double-height oak beamed ceiling adds to the attraction. There’s a door to one of the cottage’s two private patios and an en-suite bathroom stocked with Elemis, Neal’s Yard and White Company toiletries. Inside a vintage wardrobe you’ll find fluffy towelling robes, perfect for lounging by the fire.

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Little Touches

Before our stay, we’d received confirmation by email with details on how to get to Bruern and instructions for those arriving outside of reception working hours. They’d mentioned that we’d receive a welcome pack but we weren’t expecting one quite so lavish as this…it included Champagne Heidsieck & C° Monopole , Paddock Farm organic sausages and bacon, Bensons apple juice, Godsell’s Single Gloucester cheese, Cacklebean free-range eggs, cereal, Cotswold Gold rapeseed Oil, Country Markets preserves, fresh bread, Holmleigh Dairy butter and milk.

Bruern Cottages welcome pack
Yet perhaps the best surprise of all was this deliciously moist lemon drizzle cake! It’s made by local baker Victoria Wills, the owner of the Chipping Norton Tea Set.

Bruern Cottages cake
Facilities at Bruern Cottages

Where do I start? From a gorgeous heated indoor pool with a sizeable outdoor terrace and sun loungers, to a fully equipped gym, the leisure facilities are fantastic. There’s also a spa room adjacent to the pool where treatments can be booked in advance. Next to our cottage, we discovered a large games room with a snooker table, board games, tourist information brochures, film DVDs, a table tennis table, piano and table football.

Bruern Cottages facilities
There’s also a huge collection of adult and children’s bikes and helmets that guests can borrow for free as well as lots of facilities for younger kids. With a children’s playroom, toy bikes and separate play house, it’s an enclosed space where they can run around safely whilst the grown-ups relax. Some of the larger cottages even have their own croquet lawns and football pitches!

Facilities for kids at Bruern Cottages
Bruern is well known for its gardens and whilst it was a bit rainy when we visited, it was still a pleasure to stroll among the old walled garden. We’ll just have to return when the wisteria is out in force.

Bruern Cottages - one of the best places to stay in the Cotswolds
Dotted around the grounds you’ll find apple trees, vines and a stream as well as more flowers in the cutting garden, where the flowers that decorate the cottages are grown.

Flowers at Bruern Cottages luxury self catering accommodation in the Cotswolds UK
After a dip in the pool, we headed out to one of the best Cotswold inns, The Hare at Milton-under-Wychwood. The famous Wild Rabbit pub at Kingham is also close by and we’d suggest a reservation as it gets very busy. Like the Wild Rabbit, The Hare is a favourite of Giles Coren and we can certainly see why. The decor is stunning, with lots of hare pictures adorning the walls. They were actually donated by the villagers, happy to see their pub that had been closed for years getting a new lease of life. The food is exceptional, with a sea bass stuffed with goats’ cheese and sweet potato being a stand out dish.

The Hare Inn one of the best Cotswold inns
Of course, if you prefer to stay in your cottage then the friendly concierge at Bruern can arrange a private chef to come and cook dinner for groups between 2-20 people. They can also arrange a taxi to and from any local restaurant such as Soho Farmhouse, a 20 minute drive away. We enjoyed tea and cake in our front patio garden and were also keen to use the barbecue one evening, so despite the drizzly weather Paul rustled us up a steak from Daylesford Organic Farm Shop.

Breakfast in the courtyard at Bruern Cottages
Daylesford Organic Farm

A mere five minute drive from Bruern Cottages, Daylesford Organic Farm Shop is a lovely place. There’s a butcher, baker, grocer, dairy section and a fantastic new flower shop as well as a huge selection of garden items and clothing. We picked up some gorgeous blue and white serving plates as well as organic meat for our evening meal.

Daylesford Organic Bamford
The fruit and vegetables are picked from Daylesford’s market garden, then sold in the shop and served in their award-winning restaurants. We tucked into griddled flat-iron chicken and pizza washed down with fresh juices before heading back to Bruern.

Daylesford Organic Farm Shop in Kingham Cotswolds
Other Things to Do in the Cotswolds

There are many other interesting things to do near Bruern, including the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Bourton-on-the-Water with its Model Village, Cotswold Motor Museum and Toy Collection as well as the Dragonfly Maze. Bicester Village isn’t far away if you fancy some designer outlet shopping, or there are many good Cotswold walks around the property.

Bruern Cottages in the Cotswolds, UK
Final Thoughts on Bruern Cottages

These luxury cottages are such a haven that you won’t want to leave. When considering where to stay in the Cotswolds, the flexibility of Bruern Cottages is a real draw, as the 12 cottages can sleep from 2-14. They’re also the only luxury Cotswold holiday cottages that welcome guests like a hotel, from one night to up to 8 weeks. It’s very safe for children as most of the cottage gardens are enclosed and far from the road, and great for multi-generational get-togethers or for groups of friends. No wonder over 80 per cent of guests are returning visitors!

Have you ever visited the Cotswolds?

Bruern Cottages & Daylesford Farm - A Cotswolds Weekend

  • What a lovely warm welcome! The garden are gorgeous too. My cousin lives in Kingham and absolutely loves it.

    • Suze

      What a gorgeous place to live! I want to return when the sun is shining and do a bike ride

  • Hannah Martin

    I wanna take a weekend trip to the Cotswolds! It looks gorgeous there! Looks like ya had a fun time too 😍

    • Suze

      You would love it, Hannah! The Cotswolds are such a charming place and this was the perfect cottage to stay in

  • Lena

    I would say everything is WOW about these cottages! I would love to explore England – as we always only go London 😱

    • Suze

      It’s so easy to get out of London, we’re always pleased when we do – I hope you get the chance to see the Cotswolds soon, Lena

  • Wow, these cottages are cozy and adorable! This is how I would like to travel in this area! We have yet to explore England, but we would love to take advantage of this type of accommodation when we do!

    • Suze

      It’s so relaxing to stay in self-catering accommodation, we really felt like we were at home but a better version of home if that makes sense, with the log fire and other fun things to do there

  • Any Galván

    It looks so english!! I love it! The canopy bed looks amazing!

    • Suze

      You’re right, Any, there’s something quintessentially English about the place

  • FromHereToSunday

    omg it looks so lovely! Especially the canopy bed.

    • Suze

      Isn’t that bed a dream! I wouldn’t mind one at home but the ceiling isn’t high enough 😉

  • Tracey Best

    This is so cute. I go to London on & off (I’m from Australia) and always forget about going here. I must do it! I love the place you stayed at.

    • Suze

      You definitely have to put The Cotswolds on your list Tracey, I promise you won’t be disappointed

  • Michelle Marcos

    This looks so gorgeous! Need to add this to my list for sure

    • Suze

      I hope you get the chance to visit, Michelle, it’s so pretty

  • Looks idyllic. I love the Cotswolds and this is stored for our next visit. The little touches make or break a visit and a return. This would be perfect with the additional elements for children Lucy x

    • Suze

      Yes it really is the perfect place for little ones and grown-ups won’t be bored either!

  • Vyjay Rao

    One of the best things about England is definitely its famed countryside. The Bruern cottages seem to be located straight in the lap of nature at Cotswolds which is great in itelf. The property too looks so grand and comfortable and gives the feel of typical British class and style.

    • Suze

      Yes it feels so British and from reading the visitors books, lots of overseas visitors in particular enjoyed seeing a slice of typical British country life!

  • Everything about this weekend looks dreamy, from beginning to end! I love your pink dress and of course the gardens, as well as the gym and pool area; they both looks so inviting.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Suze

      Thanks Gabrielle, I thought the dress would work well with all the flowers at Bruern!

  • Ah it all looks so fantastic and cosy. Daylesford Organic Farm is my favourite. The canopy bed ar Bruern looks heavenly. I haven’t really stayed at a cottage but would love to stay in one like this. It looks so calm too. It looks typical to the English countryside for sure 🙂 Love it

    • Suze

      Daylesford Organic is very stylish and Bruern was gorgeous too. Staying in a cottage almost made me feel like I lived there, it would actually be a great way of testing out the country way of life for those thinking of moving there as well as for people on holiday

  • What a wonderful getaway! We visited the Cotswolds in May for a friend’s wedding and it really is a beautiful part of the country – a great reminder that you enjoy getaways closer to home just as much as going abroad!

  • Colby

    This may sound silly, but I have been slightly obsessed with cottages ever since Matilda, the movie, came out years and years ago :). I’ve always wanted to stay in one, and the Bruern Cottages look like the perfect place to stay. They are so much more spacious than I would imagine them to be.

  • Iuliana Marchian

    The Bruern Cottages looks fabulous. The architecture inspires a peacful and country side atmosphere that I love so much. It’s very interesting to find a swimming pool and a gym in this place. Does it have also riding or hunting? I remember reading many books and this is the environment that I imagine to have around this luxurious property.

  • This looks like such a dreamy place – love the Cotswolds! The pink dress looks gorgeous on you!

    Miriam xx

  • Ah, the British countryside looks like out of a fairytale! I’ve only been in London so far, but hopefully one day I’ll get to spend a few days in one of these ‘cottages’ that look rather like mansions. How cool would that be?

  • Christine Connell

    I haven’t been to the British countryside yet, but I think you have me convinced…

  • I still haven’t been to the Cotswolds! This looks just gorgeous and perfect for a weekend break in some of Britain’s gorgeous countryside. That cake!