“Totally decadent house-party pad with sleek contemporary design, set on the outskirts of charming Chipping Campden (sleeps 10)”
The 5 bedrooms open out from a central landing that's dominated by a stunning chandelier made of suspended glass tear drops, made by lighting guru Bruce Munro. It's a fitting introduction to the lavish rooms.
Expect Hypnos beds and beautifully upholstered chairs in every room. The colour schemes are elegant, if a little restrained, and range through greens, taupes, browns and blues with splashes of orange and red. All have an ensuite bathroom except the smallest double, which has the large family bathroom next door.
As you'd expect, the master suite is super indulgent. For starters, there’s the four-poster super-kingsize oak bed. Then there's the bathing platform (yes, platform), which displays a vast mineral-cast tub. It’s big enough for at least 2, and only overlooked by the rolling Cotswold countryside. Prefer a shower? The marble bathroom has a double drench cubicle. And best of all is a separate dressing room with faux ostrich-panelled wardrobes and enough storage space to keep Imelda Marcos happy.
The other bedrooms may be a little smaller but they're still lovely. If you don’t manage to bag the master suite, we slept like logs in the green and taupe double on the opposite side of the landing. Despite facing the road there was practically no traffic noise. But if it's bathrooms that float your boat, go for the twin room, which has black marble tiles and Grohe and Duravit fittings.
The huge beamed kitchen with its Cotswold stone fireplace became the focal point of our stay at Chippingden House. It’s fully fitted out with Loxley oak units and shiny granite worktops, plus a double range cooker, which will cook just about anything if you can be bothered to work out how to use its many functions.
You can pre-order groceries to be delivered on (or just before) your arrival. Stock up well as the house only comes with tea, coffee, milk and sugar (plus a delicious homemade Victoria sponge, which quickly disappeared). If you're planning to arrive late, you can ask for a couple of pre-cooked dishes (cottage pies, lasagnes etc), which you can heat up on arrival.
We enjoyed picking up local goodies in Chipping Campden's many food shops. Smith’s Butchers has delicious sausages and bacon for breakfasts, and Le Petit Croissant is the place to go for - can you guess? - croissants, fresh bread and deli bits.
We'd recommend spoiling yourselves one evening, and booking personal chef Antony Vaks to come in and cook for you. You choose from a lengthy menu of delicious dishes - roasted red mullet with sundried tomatoes, fillet of beef poached in red burgundy, blueberry brulee etc - and the chef's assistant does all the clearing up afterwards.
If you'd prefer to go out, Chipping Campden has some great restaurants and pubs.
All ages welcome and the set-up is conducive to a relaxed family holiday with plenty of space for children to tear around. A travel cot and highchair can be provided with advance notice.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
If coming with younger children, bear in mind that there are expensive furnishings and no stair gates for toddlers