As the rise of the ‘staycation’ took the country by storm, everyone has made their way to some of the most scenic destinations you’ll come across – the Cotswolds.
With popular locations like Cirencester, Bourton-on-the-Water and Castle Combe on the top of everybody’s list, you might want to find somewhere a little less busy to spend your getaway.
The rural village of Bretforton lies just over four miles away from Evesham, and is the largest farming village in the area.
Bretforton Manor on Main Street used to belong to the Ashwin family, who were Lords of the Manor of Bretforton for over 450 years.
Parts of the manor date back to around 1605, constructed from honey-coloured lias limestone, giving it the typical Cotswolds appearance.
The main house, apartments, cider house and villa provide a huge 18,410 square foot of accommodation.
Surrounding the manor is five acres of landscaped gardens with ponds, pergolas, a lake with a waterfall, and a brook.
You’ll also find the historic country pub, The Fleece Inn, which dates back to the early 15th century.
Originally built by a farmer named Byrd, the pub remained in the family until 1977 when the last descendant Lola Taplin bequeathed the pub to the National Trust when she died.
The Fleece Inn serves up classic pub grub, including homemade pies, traditional faggots and mash, and local grown produce.
A curious tradition also survives at the pub, in keeping with Lola’s wishes – the practice of chalking “witch circles” on the floor in front of each hearth to prevent witches from getting into the pub through the chimneys.
You’ll also find the 13th century St Leonard’s Church in the village, which is said to have a stunning backdrop from a previous visitor on TripAdvisor.
This charming little village may not have the hustle and bustle of the city, but it provides a refreshing getaway for anyone who visits.
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How to get there
You can catch a train from Paddington straight to Westbourne, before taking a short bus ride right to Bretforton.
Or if you prefer a scenic drive, it’ll take you around three hours.
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