Chippingden House

Gloucestershire, Cotswolds & Chilterns, United Kingdom Book from £728.57

Reviewed by Isa Freyer
Totally decadent house-party pad with sleek contemporary design, set on the outskirts of charming Chipping Campden (sleeps 10)
This place is extremely flash, which isn't that surprising, given that owner Simon Nixon (the man behind moneysupermarket.com) lavished a cool million on the interiors and landscaping alone. A 5-bedroomed Cotswold mansion, complete with a pool and sauna, cinema room and lashings of designer pieces - even a Halle & Voigt baby grand piano - it’s a very impressive set-up altogether.

Super-indulgent for a group of friends or family, it comes with a concierge service that can organise just about anything: the best seats at Stratford to watch the RSC and luxury chauffeur transfers to and from polo lessons or clay pigeon shooting; a first-class chef and sommelier to cater for a special occasion, perhaps with an after-dinner piano recital on the aforementioned baby grand. There are 5 acres of garden to let loose in (worried that half an acre wouldn’t be enough, Simon snapped up the field next door and expanded) and the location is great: private and picturesque, but within walking distance of Chipping Campden, one of the Cotswold's prettiest and best-preserved wool towns.

Highs

  • The location - a 10-minute stroll from popular Chipping Campden with its tea shops, pubs and restaurants
  • Uninterrupted countryside views from the house
  • The spa area and home cinema; super-cool regardless but heaven sent if the weather turns
  • Bedrooms are all gorgeous so no squabbling needed - and all have ensuite bathrooms
  • Gadget lovers will be in heaven thanks to clever lighting, a multi-room sound system and exceptionally cool ‘touch’ blinds

Lows

  • If you're planning to cook, you'll need to buy herbs, spices and oils; the cupboards may be full of pots and pans, but they're bare of ingredient essentials
  • A hefty up-front deposit, which you could potentially lose if you cancel
  • The house is a new build (in Cotswold style) with contemporary furnishings, so if you're after period charm, look elsewhere

Best time to go

The open fireplaces, home cinema and indoor pool means it's cosy in winter, and when the weather heats up the terrace, BBQ area and extensive grounds really come into their own. Book for mid March to coincide with the races and Cheltenham Festival (a 30-minute drive away), or in May for Chipping Campden’s festivals of literature and music.

Our top tips

Take advantage of the concierge service. We booked a chef for one evening, who brought waiting staff, too. We had an amazing dinner and didn’t have to lift a finger.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Spa
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Luxury Cottage
  • 5
  • Self-catering + walk to restaurants
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
  • Cinema room
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Hoover
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Tv
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
  • Walk to restaurants
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Stride out for a hearty country walk - follow one of the many recommended walking routes detailed in the study
  • Bliss out in your very own spa; book beauty and massage therapists to come to the house, or just swim in the pool and bake in the sauna
  • Stroll into Chipping Campden, a quintessential English wool town, lined with honey-coloured limestone houses. Pop into the lovely church, visit the covered market and enjoy the many food and antique shops
  • The Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford is great for families. Set in 160 acres of parkland, there's a great collection of animals including meerkats, wallabies and a Children's Farmyard
  • Foodies will love Daylesford Organics Farm Shop near Stow and the Longborough Farm Shop in Moreton-in-Marsh (which is a beautiful small town in itself)
  • Stratford-upon-Avon is a 20-minute drive away; book theatre tickets for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, visit the Falstaff's Experience living museum or just stroll along the beautiful riverside
  • The Cotswolds is a beautiful part of the UK, with lots more to see and do. For a more comprehensive guide, check out our destination guide

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Gardens
  • Hiking
  • Horse racing/Polo
  • Horse-riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Theatre
  • Well being

Kids

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.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Baby equipment:

  • Travel cot
  • High chair

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Extensive grounds
  • Indoor pool
  • Cinema

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Be a Junior Keeper for a day at the Cotswolds Wildlife Park & Gardens

Families Should Know:

If coming with younger children, bear in mind that there are expensive furnishings and no stair gates for toddlers

Distances:

  • Airport: 1hr30m Birmingham
  • Shop: 5 minutes
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