The Estate

THE MANOR HOUSE
The Cornwell estate covers a stunning area of untouched English countryside that lies between Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the Wold, (a designated area Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Much of the estate is farmed, but there are also two wetland areas, lakes, woods and a number of spring fed streams.

At the centre of the estate is the small hamlet of Cornwell, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book, (11th century ). There is also a small church, hidden in the grounds, which dates back to the Norman era.

The original Manor house, belonging to the Penyston family is Jacobean. Built on the proceeds of the once lucrative Cotswold wool trade. Probably a large farm house for the local land owner. In the late 17th century a Georgian façade was added to gentrify the house.

An American heiress, Mrs Anthony Gillson, bought the house before the second world war, as a family home. She wanted to renovate and beautify both house and village so hired the services of Clough Williams-Ellis the architect who created the Italianate village, Portmeirion, in north Wales. Substantial alterations were made to the house, perfecting its Georgian façade, and transformed the village and giving the gloomy Jacobean cottages pretty Georgian style windows.

Clough Williams-Ellis, also created much of the existing formal and landscaped garden which harnesses a local stream and several springs to create a particularly tranquil garden which acts as the centre piece to the surrounding grounds, lakes and woodland.

The House & Estate have been home to the Ward family since 1959, where Alexander grew up with his siblings Rachel, Tracy, Jeremy & Benjie, and is now the home of Alexander & Mel.

The Cornwell Estate runs a pheasant & partridge shoot and offers a very limited number of “Shoot & Stay” dates for 200 – 250 bird days for up to 8 guns, with overnight accommodation on a full board basis.

For further details please contact Charlotte on 01608 698673.

Cornwell Manor Exclusive Hire Rates 2019-2020

Minimum Day HireMidweek Rate
Midweek rate, Monday - Thursday, Minimum 2 day hire of the house£3,300 per night = From £6,600
Minimum Day HireWeekend Rate
Weekend rate, Friday - Sunday incl. Minimum 3 day hire of the house£3,850 per night = From £11,550

NB: all rental prices subject to VAT @ 20%
6 prime first floor bedrooms, (4 ensuite), 3 second floor bedrooms, (1 ensuite), & 3 wing bedrooms, (1 ensuite). All rooms are doubles, bar one twin/zip and link. The house sleeps a maximum of 24. The dining rooms seats 16.

Full use of the gardens, the heated outdoor swimming pool (from May to the end of September), the tennis court, croquet lawn and ballroom are included in the rate.

There is a live-in housekeeper who will provide a daily cleaning service and a live-in cook to cater for any meals required.

Please note the house is not available over Christmas & New Year or Easter; Bank Holiday weekends are a minimum 4 night stay.