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What Oliver loves…
- Both children and adults are bound to love splashing around in the private pool while enjoying the peaceful surroundings!
- The orchard makes a fantastic setting for a yummy picnic
- Enjoy a game of tennis on the outside Astro-turf tennis court
Old Queens Manor is a handsome manse set in peaceful countryside with glorious views to the Cotswolds and over the River Severn to Wales. The only noises to be heard are happy birdsongs, and there are woodpeckers in the ancient hornbeams and thrushes on the lawn.
The characterful home can comfortably accommodate up to ten guests across five beautifully kept bedrooms. On the ground floor is the elegant entertaining space which comprises of an inviting living room with cosy open fireplace, a spacious dining room and a fully-equipped kitchen which comes complete with all the tools a budding chef could possibly need! Upstairs on the first floor are the bedrooms, a master room which boasts its very own en-suite bathroom, as well as a further two doubles and two twin rooms, each of these boast fireplaces and countryside views. One of the doubles and one of the twins share the use of a newly-installed shower room, while the remaining rooms share a large family bathroom.
Old Queens Manor's real magic can be found outside, the beautifully-manicured gardens are completely private, and guests will instantly feel as though they are in total tranquillity. Spend a warm evening dining al fresco in the garden or simply enjoy a quiet sundowner while admiring the wonderful surroundings. The children are bound to enjoy splashing around in the private swimming pool, while the adults may prefer to relax pool side with a good book or enjoy some healthy competition on the private tennis court!
There is plenty for guests to see, do and explore in the local area, the attractions of the city of Bath are only an hour drive away. Bath is famous for its Roman baths which attract large numbers of tourists from far and wide. The vibrant city of Bristol is also only half an hour away by car, an exciting city with a huge selection of restaurants, shops and an energetic night life.
What you should know…
- Please note that the pool is located outside and so is closed during the winter months
- Two of the bedrooms are twin rooms and so are better suited to children or friends than couples
- Living room with a marble surround open fireplace, armchairs and an antique rug
- Media room with TV
- Dining room with restored fireplace, open fire and dining facilities for 10
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Storage room with tennis rackets, balls and swimming towels
- Garage with table tennis and table football
- Master bedroom with en-suite shower room
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with twin beds
- Bathroom with shower
- Bedroom with twin beds
- Family bathroom with bath and shower
- Two acres of gardens
- Dining facilities
- Croquet lawn
- Astro-turf tennis court
- Swimming pool (outside so closed in Winter months)
- Sun loungers
- Washing machine & dryer
- Iron & ironing board
- Selection of books, games and DVDs
- Plenty of parking
Old Queens Manor is situated within a few minutes stroll from the village of Oldbury on Severn, a quaint little place enticing visitors back again and again. In the village there are many places to eat and drink in the summer sun. Oldbury is famous for The Anchor Pub where visitors mix with locals to enjoy the renowned British home cooking.
For guests that prefer a stroll before a meal, the White Hart pub in Littleton on Severn is a relaxing two mile walk away through glorious orchards and fields.
The 500 year old Thornbury Castle, where Henry VIII stayed with Anne Boleyn, provides not only a look into Britain’s history and the glorious architecture of the building but also an exquisite dining experience in an ancient Elizabethan setting. It is only a 30 minute walk through the fields from The Old Queens Manor or 10 minutes by car.
The views from The Old Queens Manor are simply breathtaking. It is situated two minutes away from a church built on the site of ancient Celtic worship, and visitors to the area have often been seen sipping a glass of wine on the bench at its front, admiring the spectacular views stretching from the sailing club across the River Severn to the Blue Welsh Hills beyond.
For families with young children and teenagers it is an easy drive to Go-Ape, a forest network of ropes and swings, perfect for energetic youngsters or adults. Kayaking, climbing, canoeing and caving are also all available close by. For sport lovers, Thornbury has a scenic 18 hole golf course and a par 3 course with undulating views over the Severn Estuary.
Staying in Old Queens Manor, there are many local leisure opportunities. Local walks are famous. There is even an enchanting little bridle path running next to the garden and used only by walkers and horse riders. The owners of this glorious home supply maps and books so guests can navigate through the countryside. The Cotswolds are only a short drive away, and The Old Queens Manor is also situated only 15 minutes away by car from the Welsh border.
The Anchor Inn
|Nearest Train Station||
The Costwolds isn’t just one of the most beautiful regions in England – it’s one that’s beautifully representative of the best of the English countryside. Straddling several counties, the Cotswolds boasts undulating hills and farmland, striking architecture and monuments as well as some particularly charming villages that make for relaxing and delightful day trips for both families and groups. Our holiday homes and large cottages in the Cotswolds provide the perfect place to stay, but if you’re looking for the best things to do and places to eat then our travel guide is a great place to start! Read on and get inspired for your luxury Cotswolds break.
The Victorian Rectory is always loved by families. The garden represents safe freedom in a space to roam and create imaginary games amongst the flourishing local wildlife, often with the chance to see buzzards, woodpeckers, housemartins, badgers and rabbits!
For the older children/teenagers there is a tennis court, swimming pool (made safe by an electric cover), table tennis, and the all important excellent Wi-fi connection!
Please note there is only one wooden High chair and no cot available at the house.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Animal farm
- Walk to Village
- Walk to Restaurant
- Tennis Nearby
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Children's books
- Children's videos/DVDs
- Child-Safe Pool
- Heated Pool
- Tennis Court
- Games Room
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
- Table Tennis
- Table Football
- Fenced Grounds
- Welcome pack including a vase of flowers or herbs, milk, coffee, tea and cake
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
- Masseuse/Therapist - Helen Edwards is a local, fully qualified therapist who would be happy to come to guests in the house (she has attended guests before) She can offer a wide range of relaxing treatments and has completed a COVID aware course. Her website is www.ingoodhands-wellbeing.co.uk. She can be contacted on 01454 414 545.
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
*** COVID-19 change to access***
Please note during 2020 the owner has altered access and departure times due to additional cleaning.
Arrival - 5 pm
Departure - Before 9 am
Please click here to view the full property Terms and Conditions
* Please note the owner is planning on selling the property in September 2022. No booking will be confirmed from September 2022. All booking prior to September will be honored.
The house is presented in an immaculate condition and if any damages occur it would be at the discretion of the owner to retain the necessary sum from the damages deposit for repair purposes. The holidaymaker is hereby invited to inspect the property on arrival and if any damages are noted before occupancy has begun to bring them to the notice of the owner immediately- thus avoiding any possibility of dispute.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||£700. Credit card authorisation required, it will be refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes|
|Linen & towels included?||Included, including swimming towels.|
|Pets welcome?||One well-behaved dog is allowed on a request basis at time of booking for an additional charge of £100.00 per stay. The breed of dog must be stated in the request. The dog is to be kept off furniture and failure to do this may result in a deduction from the damage deposit.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes|
|Smoking Allowed?||No smoking|
|Insurance||It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Bookings : - Weekly bookings only for peak months. This may be flexible last minute. Please enquire. - Weekly lets only during school holidays, rentals start on Saturday. Weekend, long weekend and midweek bookings are possible throughout the rest of the year. - Weekly lets only during school holidays.|
|Other 2||There is very light coloured carpet throughout the house, so it is appreciated if footwear is removed in carpeted areas.|
|Other 3||Swimming Pool - the pool is open between the start of May - end of September (dependent on Weather conditions) There is an additional charge for use of the pool out of peak season. It may be possible to open and heat the swimming pool outside of the above dates on request and for an additional charge. Please enquire at time of booking to allow plenty of notice.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:
|Rental period||3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||Weekly|
|May 25th 2022 - Jun 24th 2022||£2,588||£3,046||£3,503||£4,705|
|Jun 24th 2022 - Sep 2nd 2022||-||-||-||£5,230|
|Sep 2nd 2022 - Oct 21st 2022||£2,352||£2,810||£3,269||£4,275|
|Oct 21st 2022 - Oct 31st 2022||-||-||-||£5,011|
|Oct 31st 2022 - Dec 19th 2022||£2,091||£2,524||£2,956||£3,800|
|Dec 19th 2022 - Dec 26th 2022||-||-||-||£7,800|
|Dec 26th 2022 - Feb 10th 2023||-||-||-||£7,200|
|Feb 10th 2023 - Feb 20th 2023||-||-||-||£5,050|
|Feb 20th 2023 - Mar 31st 2023||£2,091||£2,523||£2,955||£3,800|
|Mar 31st 2023 - Apr 17th 2023||-||-||-||£5,300|
|Apr 17th 2023 - Apr 28th 2023||£2,113||£2,571||£3,029||£3,840|
|Apr 28th 2023 - May 5th 2023||£2,352||£2,810||£3,267||£4,275|
|May 5th 2023 - Jun 23rd 2023||£2,588||£3,046||£3,503||£4,705|
|Jun 23rd 2023 - Sep 1st 2023||-||-||-||£5,230|
|Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 20th 2023||£2,352||£2,810||£3,269||£4,275|
|Oct 20th 2023 - Oct 30th 2023||-||-||-||£5,011|
|Oct 30th 2023 - Nov 26th 2023||£2,091||£2,524||£2,956||£3,800|
Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:
|Rental period||3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||Weekly|
|May 25th 2022 - Jun 24th 2022||€2,839||€3,341||€3,843||€5,162|
|Jun 24th 2022 - Sep 2nd 2022||-||-||-||€5,738|
|Sep 2nd 2022 - Oct 21st 2022||€2,580||€3,083||€3,586||€4,690|
|Oct 21st 2022 - Oct 31st 2022||-||-||-||€5,497|
|Oct 31st 2022 - Dec 19th 2022||€2,294||€2,768||€3,243||€4,169|
|Dec 19th 2022 - Dec 26th 2022||-||-||-||€8,557|
|Dec 26th 2022 - Feb 10th 2023||-||-||-||€7,899|
|Feb 10th 2023 - Feb 20th 2023||-||-||-||€5,540|
|Feb 20th 2023 - Mar 31st 2023||€2,294||€2,768||€3,242||€4,169|
|Mar 31st 2023 - Apr 17th 2023||-||-||-||€5,814|
|Apr 17th 2023 - Apr 28th 2023||€2,318||€2,820||€3,323||€4,213|
|Apr 28th 2023 - May 5th 2023||€2,580||€3,082||€3,584||€4,690|
|May 5th 2023 - Jun 23rd 2023||€2,839||€3,341||€3,843||€5,162|
|Jun 23rd 2023 - Sep 1st 2023||-||-||-||€5,738|
|Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 20th 2023||€2,580||€3,083||€3,586||€4,690|
|Oct 20th 2023 - Oct 30th 2023||-||-||-||€5,497|
|Oct 30th 2023 - Nov 26th 2023||€2,294||€2,768||€3,243||€4,169|
Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:
|Rental period||3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||Weekly|
|May 25th 2022 - Jun 24th 2022||$3,044||$3,583||$4,121||$5,535|
|Jun 24th 2022 - Sep 2nd 2022||-||-||-||$6,153|
|Sep 2nd 2022 - Oct 21st 2022||$2,767||$3,306||$3,845||$5,029|
|Oct 21st 2022 - Oct 31st 2022||-||-||-||$5,895|
|Oct 31st 2022 - Dec 19th 2022||$2,460||$2,969||$3,477||$4,471|
|Dec 19th 2022 - Dec 26th 2022||-||-||-||$9,176|
|Dec 26th 2022 - Feb 10th 2023||-||-||-||$8,470|
|Feb 10th 2023 - Feb 20th 2023||-||-||-||$5,941|
|Feb 20th 2023 - Mar 31st 2023||$2,459||$2,968||$3,476||$4,471|
|Mar 31st 2023 - Apr 17th 2023||-||-||-||$6,235|
|Apr 17th 2023 - Apr 28th 2023||$2,485||$3,024||$3,563||$4,518|
|Apr 28th 2023 - May 5th 2023||$2,766||$3,305||$3,844||$5,029|
|May 5th 2023 - Jun 23rd 2023||$3,044||$3,583||$4,121||$5,535|
|Jun 23rd 2023 - Sep 1st 2023||-||-||-||$6,153|
|Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 20th 2023||$2,767||$3,306||$3,845||$5,029|
|Oct 20th 2023 - Oct 30th 2023||-||-||-||$5,895|
|Oct 30th 2023 - Nov 26th 2023||$2,460||$2,969||$3,477||$4,471|
Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Everything! Beautiful symmetrical house with spacious frindly feel,views from the windows, space and peace outside.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
It's an early Victorian Rectory beautifully built to attract the best kind of rector!
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
My husband is a Professor of Neurosurgery and we have had many eminent guests to stay while we were living there; I'm a writer and I take my writing group, some of whom are also published authors, for retreats and workshops when we dont have guests.
What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
Having bought up 5 children there nothing seems strange or difficult, I've seen it all before!
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
The country side around is lovely but most guests are captured by the sense of peace the warm pool and the space, and don't leave the place all week!
The Anchor 3 minutes away does a great roast dinner.We can also provide a chef who makes the most fantastic food boeuf bouginon I've ever eaten.
The woodpecker in the garden, the view over the Severn from the church.If you are energetic there is lovely architecture in nearby Bath.
Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Use it to unwind, there is something magical that works on most guests,who arrive looking hassled but leave looking rested and happy.
The Old Queen’s Manor was the perfect venue for a relaxing weekend with our extended family. All ages enjoyed the gorgeous, very well-equipped house and gardens, and the many activities on offer. We swam, played board games, tennis, croquet, table tennis... Everyone loved it and the owner couldn’t have been more helpful. Highly recommended.
Thank you for a perfect stay in a stunning, warm, comfortable, spacious house. Everything was clean, welcoming, and beautiful. We have had such a wonderful break away with tennis, ping pong, and lots of chatting.
'We booked Jane's lovely house for a group getaway from the cities. The house was absolutely sublime and came with all the space and games you could ask for. The host was very helpful and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay. I would highly recommend Jane's place for a wonderful stay.
Perfect Half Term Getaway
What a great house for a holiday, everyone had something they loved, I was mooning about with the Jane Austen romance of staying in a large Victorian rectory, my husband was cooking up a storm on the Aga, our children and their cousins were racing round the garden having designed an Olympic course with swimming, tennis, laps round the orchard, table tennis and shotput with the croquet balls (Sorry!) Gentle walks to the river with the aged rellies and don’t forget lunch and a pint at the Anchor on the walk home. A super place to stay. Thank you Jane for sharing your treasure and helping us feel at home.
Warm and welcoming
Our second family reunion at this warm and welcoming property in an idyllic setting. Three days of wind and rain did not deter us from having fun in the warm swimming pool! We lit a fire (thank you) played games, cooked, ate, walked and browsed the collections of books and films. There is a beautiful dining room,a farmhouse style kitchen (with everything you could possibly need) a playroom and a lounge, all have large windows to the neatly kept grounds. Here, you are provided with ample towels, tennis balls, hot water, amusement and comfort, this property is in no way stuffy. The owners really want you to be able to enjoy your stay. Many thanks.
The Old Queens Manor exceeded our expectations. The house is both comfortable and stylish - light and space are a feature - the rooms are peaceful and wonderfully decorated.
The grounds are so lovely, with immaculate (but not forbidding) gardens, and offer so much in the way of activities. Some of my party said they had no need to leave the property all week - others had brief forays to nearby castles/ruins.
The swimming pool adds another dimension, but croquet, tennis, table tennis were also a big hit. Everyone loved it and we had a magical week.
I have rented many properties over the years but this was by far the best - highly recommended.
Sad to leave!
We have had such a lovely stay thank you and the house was perfect for our ever-growing family! So brilliant to find a house that has something for everyone whatever their age and so glad we finally got here! Sad to leave!
We had a super time thank you for a wonderful stay. This is what my daughter says 'I love the swimming pool and have been practicing my lengths and building up my strength I enjoyed my twin bedroom to myself. I loved playing tennis with my family and swinging on the swing.'
Thanks for everything
We have just had a week staying in the beautiful Old Queens Manor which was absolutely perfect! We were a party of 10 ranging in age from a toddler to middle aged & we all had a fantastic family holiday! Jane was brilliant at explaining everything from the aga to the swimming pool ( the pool is fabulous especially at around 6am) & we would thoroughly recommend to family & friends! I’m absolutely sure that we will be back soon ( including Barney the cockapoo!)
We had a fantastic stay at Old Queen’s Manor. The house and grounds are amazing and the pool is wonderful. Jane was the perfect host. We hope to return soon!
Great stay for 10
10 of us stayed for a week in this beautiful former Rectory in the lovely village of Oldbury- On- Severn.
I fell in love with the house the minute we drove through the gates. The house had plenty of room for us all with all the bedrooms large and bright, we had some great evening meals in the big dining room the into the comfortable sitting room. But the best part is the fabulous garden, absolutely beautiful and with the warm swimming pool and tennis court what more could you want from a holiday home? Only maybe a 2-week stay. The owner was always quick to respond and gave us all the information we needed to settle in. We will definitely be returning,
5 Star House
'We had a wonderful time in your beautiful home. Thank you for letting us stay. It was the perfect venue for the family to celebrate my mother's 8oth birthday. We sat in the beautiful garden and the children were in and out of the pool all weekend
Every corner of The Old Queens Manor oozes charm and sophistication. The exceptional attention to details [fresh pressed bed lines, bright white soft towels and very clean carpets, among others] made by the host is equally as impressive. The house, whilst substantial in its grandeur, is delightfully intimate. Communal areas such as the kitchen [AGA included!], formal lounge and dining room create the perfect familial space, yet the expanse of beautifully manicured grounds and facilities [including the garden, the swimming pool and the tennis court] give a sense of truly impressive scale.
You won’t be disappointed
Our mixed age range group all enjoyed this welcoming, well-equipped and spacious house and gardens, which were beautifully maintained. With its variety of rooms and spaces , it’s ideal both for gathering together –a lovely, large family kitchen for example – or for finding a quiet space in or out of doors for chilling out. Very popular were the heated pool and tennis court and the unbroken views across the surrounding countryside to the Severn estuary are magical after London.
I loved the house’s mix of tradition -stone floors, cobbled courtyard, pantry - with the modern, airy interior spaces and comfortable rooms. We were only six, but the maximum ten would be accommodated easily.
For dog owners (or not) there are is a wide choice of walks and Wales is a 30 minute ride away. We also recommend the friendly local community shop, who will save your daily papers and the local pub, the Anchor just down the road.
The house and gardens are a perfect English countryside venue for family and group gatherings. The owner is helpful but never intrusive.
I’ve stayed in many rental houses and villas. This one really does match its description and you won’t be disappointed.
My family and I spent 5 amazing days at Old Queens Manor.
The house is lovely and easily accommodated the ten of us, set in a peaceful location surrounded by beautiful country views, it was the perfect place for us to relax as a family and felt like a home away from home.
The pool, tennis court and other amenities only add to the properties charm. Jane is an incredible host, attentive and always available if you have a question or problem.
By the end of our trip, we had already agreed to book Old Queens Manor again the following year.
We spent the most idyllic week at a The Old Queen Manor this June. Glorious days on the beautiful lawns, playing tennis or down by the pool, and wonderful evenings on the terrace enjoying barbecues while the scent of roses and herbs drifted across the courtyard. The house is beautiful and there was plenty of room for two families with small children. The nearby village is also great with a five-minute walk to a decent pub (excellent burgers and a good garden) and a charming village shop. We loved our stay and would absolutely go back in the future.
We had a lovely stay at The Old Queens Manor. The house is very big and pleasant and suited our party of seven with room to spare. There is no doubt the garden with its tennis court and pool was the star attraction for our family. It is hard to imagine a more restful swimming experience right at the end of the long and beautiful garden with only stunning views of the Gloucestershire countryside anywhere in sight. We went to the local pub and out into Bristol for a morning but other than that we didn't want to leave the house We would certainly recommend a stay here to other families and groups.
We had a great time at your house! We felt at home, wonderful atmosphere!!! The kitchen is the heart of the house, with a nice AGA stove warming us up! We baked a cake and a delicious chicken pie! Every room of the house is special and every window has a spectacular view! The bedrooms are large and comfortable. And although we had to share bathrooms they worked very well. The shower pressure on the biggest one is better than on the smaller. The top point of the property is the garden!!! We had a barbecue in it! And it has an amazing tennis court and heated pool which we all enjoyed very much. We have to thank our host who made every effort to guide us through the house and surrounding area, she was always there to answer every question and was so welcoming! We cant wait to go back.
Highly recommend! We had a beautiful stay at The Old Queens Manor. The outdoor space is amazing- beautiful gardens, tennis court heated swimming pool and also table tennis and football. Plenty to do on a sunny or even rainy day without even leaving! The house inside is very spacious with beautiful views from the bedrooms. Lots of options for the evening-huge dining room, TV room, drawing room...We went at the start of opening so the local restaurants, pubs, and activities weren't open but still had a perfect stay and loved the local walks-especially the walk down to the sailing club and the Severn. A fantastic place to come with children or with friends. We hope to be back soon.
We can’t wait to go back
Lovely house on breathtaking grounds in a quaint village which is great for kids and friends alike. There’s so much to do and take in even if the weather isn’t on your side. There are lots of walks you can go on from the house and a lovely local pub just a stone’s throw away but with a tennis court, heated swimming pool and beautiful gardens, you can just as easily stay put for your entire stay. We were made to feel very welcome and at home by the host Jane who was very accommodating throughout. We can’t wait to go back and couldn’t recommend it enough.
Another wonderful break at Old Queens Manor. Such a special place. We always feel instantly at home and hardly feel we need to leave the grounds as the pool and tennis court keep us all entertained. Jane is an incredibly thoughtful and helpful host.
We can't wait to visit again!
We were lucky to book The Old Queens Manor at the last minute for quite the most gorgeous half term week. The house is spectacular, the photos simply do not do it justice. When we arrived, the children raced through the house from room to room, squealing with excitement.
There was plenty of space for all of us. The feel of the property is so warm and welcoming which was a little surprising as older large properties can feel austere, but the Old Queens Manor oozed charm, comfort and, importantly in a trip for the ‘discerning’ holidaymaker, real quality.
The setting was blissful and incredibly relaxing. After a difficult year in London, spent mostly cooped up at home, it was just the tonic our family needed. Surrounded by lush green and rolling hills, the views from every elegant sash window of the expansive gardens felt like looking into a painting.
The children had a blast in the swimming pool, (which Jane, the owner, had kindly gone to the trouble of having cleaned and heated just for our arrival) and, although a little fresh in the late October air, the water was heated to a tropical 28 degrees.
We also made use of the tennis court, which is in perfect condition and loved the enormous gardens. The children took great joy in picking up the most whopping red apples from the orchard every day and we made crumbles, compote and apple pie on the Aga (which was a revelation for me to cook on and has gone on my ‘must have’ list for my new kitchen!). My daughter would linger at the windows in the hope of spotting a pheasant, which she happily did on many occasions.
I would love to tell you about the local attractions etc but, other than strolling to the pub in the village for dinner one evening, we didn’t leave the house at all, we were so happy to be there.
We were so sad to leave the The Old Queens Manor at the end of our stay, the children made us promise we will return next year.
The holiday was spectacular in the grey autumn drizzle, I can only imagine how divine it must be in the sunshine!
Huge thanks to Jane, who was such a generous host. I started to read one of her books during the week and I am hooked! She kindly gifted me the book when I left, which was so sweet of her. Nothing was too much trouble, she even called the local leisure centre to secure us the last pair of arm bands when we realised we had forgotten to pack our three year olds swimming aids. This level of attention helped our holiday to run flawlessly. We can’t wait to visit this gem of a property again and would highly recommend it to others.
Our stay at The Old Queen’s Manor in September was utterly idyllic. We hoped to spend time together as a family, in peaceful surroundings, enjoying the simplicity of each other’s company, and that indeed we did!
The house is a completely private, beautiful, and welcoming family home, filled with character. We were fascinated by the old pantry, the beautiful fireplaces and other period features. We affectionately referred to it as “the Dream House” for the duration of our stay! We were never short of things to do indoors, enjoying reading and board games by the open fire, the vast array of films on offer (including VHS which fascinated the young children in our party), and candlelit dinners.
The grounds were wonderful, with an array apple and other fruit trees. We enjoyed daily tennis sessions and croquet too. The pool was glorious! A super treat for a chilly weekend in September, to be able to dip into an outdoor pool as warm as a bath!
Our host, Jane, could not have been more attentive, and we felt everything possible had been done to ensure we were safe in these difficult times. We are already planning our return
We would love to come back as we loved it so much
Beautiful holiday home and facilities. Stunning location. So much to do I did not use my car at all. We spent almost two weeks playing tennis, swimming and walking in the local area. Enjoyed relaxing in the evening in the lovely sitting room Walked to the community shop every day and enjoyed their delicious cakes All our family loved it. Best holiday ever. We will definitely come again.
A wonderful place to unwind
A gorgeous home, spacious and yet cosy at the same time, with wonderful grounds. The focus point for us was the snug kitchen with the Aga where we gathered for a family breakfast every day. Two lovely living rooms meant the children could have their own space - the one with the games, TV and DVDs! - whilst the adults had a relaxed glass of wine in the other one. I usually go into a holiday home and feel the need to clean the cutlery drawer and wipe round the bathrooms, but everything was spotlessly clean. Lots of soft towels provided, and immaculate bedrooms with good wardrobe/drawer space, and some with their own fireplace. Plenty of information on local walks and things to do in the area, but we headed to The Anchor, a delightful local pub a 5 minute walk down a country lane. Jane was extremely helpful and responded to any questions we had immediately. The grounds need to be seen to be believed! An immaculate tennis court, a lovely large heated pool, an orchard, veggie patch, herb garden, and a huge area of grass for croquet and boules (both provided).
It is a wonderful place to unwind and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending it!
Our holiday at The Old Queens Manor was the perfect choice for us this year. We really appreciated the safety cover on the pool as the children spent a lot of time exploring the orchard and kitchen garden and so we were able to relax. No need to leave the grounds really although we did once stroll over to the Anchor for a beer.
Great house, fantastic grounds, tennis court, lovely pool, good for groups/families.
We stayed as a group of 8 (4 adults and 4 children) and had a fabulous time after weeks apart in lockdown. As this house is set in large grounds, it is perfect for children to play tennis, swim, sit on the swing or simply roam within your view safely whilst you enjoy sitting outside with a cup or tea or something stronger. It is a very relaxing setting with undulating Gloucestershire hills and its own orchard. The house itself is an old rectory and is charming inside with the character features of the period-beautiful architecture, fireplaces, an Aga, servants' bells and so on. The garden is beautifully kept and has an excellent herb selection-the basil was bonus.
The Anchor Pub is a stone's throw away and you can eat outside (no bookings though so get there early); opposite the pub, the village shop is well stocked with all sorts of daily goods and you need not travel far for anything. The local church is beautiful and at night, there really are glow worms but you have to turn left from the gate to find them in the long grass. We chatted to local residents in the village who were delightful, many of them selling top quality local fruit and vegetables.
There are lots of walks on the doorstep and I wished we had brought our bikes as there are some good places to explore. There is table football and ping pong in the storage buildings although we didn't use them as there was a lot of tennis, swimming and hide and seek. The tennis court is in excellent condition. The dining room is atmospheric and close to the kitchen so this is great for bringing everyone together every evening -we had some good fun in there. There is ample parking for cars.
We have really fond memories of our visit and would recommend this property for extended family groups. There are also lots of baby things which we didn't need (high chairs etc) so little ones would be well catered for.
We hope to come back soon!
We loved our week at the old Queen’s Manor. The house is stunning: elegant, modern and a cosy family vibe, there is plenty of space to spread out comfortably. We loved the different rooms, the views onto the gardens and the amazing kitchen. We had never used an Aga before but host Jane had explained in detail how to use it and it was so easy and so much fun to discovered cooking this way.
The bedrooms are peaceful and quiet and having several bathrooms was also great.
The garden is incredible: so many parts to explore and the garden is well maintained. We had high expectations for the pool and we absolutely loved it. The pool was heated just right and it was wonderful to have a swim in every weather condition.
The weather during our stay went from cold and wet to warm and sunny, and we found the property perfectly suited for all weather. When it rained, we really enjoyed reading and staying indoors in the many family rooms and enjoyed the views onto the beautiful nature.
We travelled here at the end of the Covid Pandemic and many adjustments had been made for our safety which was much appreciated.
A lovely property with loads of space in a beautiful part of the country
We had a wonderful week at Old Queen's Manor.
The owner Jane welcomed us with cake and fresh milk, and contacted us to check all was well during the week. The setting is glorious, very peaceful with beautiful views and the house itself is comfortable and well appointed, with everything you might want supplied, from towels and shower gel to tennis raquets and a croquet set. Although the house and gardens are large it feels very homely. We loved the Aga and the big kitchen table. The boot room is perfect for coming in from the pool, garden or walks, especially for dealing with wet feet and dirty shoes. The gardens are fabulous, perfect for games or just chilling and the pool provided endless fun for the children and adults alike. There are lovely walks all around (maps provided) and good food can be found at the friendly local pubs. Thornbury is a thriving small town with plenty of coffee shops and places to eat as well as supermarkets. The village community shop in Oldbury, five minutes walk away, is a real gem and great for essentials as well as delicioius local ice cream or coffee and home made cake. All in all this is a great house for a family get-together, we loved it. We came hope tired but happy after our stay in a special place.
PS We hope we will be able to come again some time...
I felt I had to write to you to express my thanks to you for the week my family and friends spent at the Old Queens Manor from the 2nd of August 2019.
Although the weather could have been better it didn't spoil our stay at your lovely house.
The house was very spacious but at the same time very homely and our group of eight enjoyed every aspect of the house. We certainly made use of all the facilities, my wife and daughter and myself were in the heated outdoor swimming pool every morning at 7.30 am and the rest of the family joined us a bit later. We had several tennis and croquet competitions, followed by lovely B.B.Q's and several drinks during the warm night air.
A must for most visitors who like a walk is a walk to the White Hart Pub in Littleton, you start the journey through a public walk way through someone's front garden then through an orchard and into various fields and the views of the estuary and Severn bridge are fabulous. Once at the White Hart there is a great selection of food and drinks. For those that like a short walk the Anchor Pub is 5 minutes away and is equally as good.
One of our family had made the trip to our get together from Australia and had seen nothing like the Manor and scenery before and took hundreds of photo's to show when he got home.
A wonderful stay
We had a truly wonderful stay at Old Queens Manor. The house is so beautiful, with heaps of space and the garden was a huge hit with our children (the pool being a delightful added bonus). Our daughter enjoyed a morning routine of picking raspberries from the garden kitchen and inspecting the grounds.
Just a short walk away is a church with a breathtaking view and an ideal pub which does very good food. We have recommended this house to all our family and friends. We'll definitely be back in the future.
A magical week
We had a magical week in the Old Queen's Manor! The house was a perfect fit for our extended family and the glorious weather meant we enjoyed full use of the pool, tennis court and croquet lawn! The house itself was completely charming and the children absolutely loved all the space it provided as well as the games room (for family table tennis tournaments!) and the gorgeous garden from which they were able to pick fresh herbs and fruit. We had a fabulous time exploring the local area including the Cotswolds, Bristol and Tintern Abbey in Wales! It was a special week - we really didn't want it to end.
We'll definitely return!
The Old Queens Manor is the kind of place you want to keep secret – and also a place you want all your friends and family to enjoy as much as you have. This was the second time we’ve stayed and we had another perfect week. The weather wasn’t all good but it didn’t matter; this lovely house is spacious, elegant and so, so comfortable. A special mention for the Aga and the big sociable kitchen table! On warm days we swam in the pool and enjoyed the beautiful gardens. If you can bear to leave the Manor, there are idyllic walks right from the front door. Other reviewers have also said how wonderfully welcoming the owner, Jane, is and how much attention has been given to providing everything one needs to feel completely at home. This is a very special house. We’ll definitely return! Highly recommended.
A beautifully appointed Victorian brick rectory, set in spacious, well kept garden. Wide skies, wonderful vistas! Inside the house is stunning, flag stone floors, a traditional kitchen, comfortable lounges, grand dining room, plenty of room for conviviality or finding a quiet corner! Upstairs, everything is cosy and grand at the same time: beds comfortable, big windows for views and quiet at night.
The garden boasts a tennis court, an orchard, and beyond that a heated swimming pool, a real joy to swim looking out to the fields and the open sky. Thoroughly recommended.
We were so happy with our choice
Fantastic home and location!
Wonderful space for quality family time! To make wonderful memories!
We had a lovely half-term break at Old Queens Manor. It was an ideal space to unwind and spend quality time together for my dads birthday.
It was also a beautiful area with plenty to do!
Lovely house and large garden for celebration
A perfect location for family celebration of 3 generations aged 2 - 73 for a 40th birthday! Very friendly and helpful owners who helped to make our stay happy and relaxed. The grandchildren adored the large garden, and especially a slightly belated Easter egg hunt! Plenty of room inside the house for the different generations to spread out when needed! Great to have the AGA too and memorable meals were produced and enjoyed! We hope we may return one day!
Peace and space with enough to do for everyone
We stayed with our young adult sons who loved the tennis court. They managed to play even in-between rain showers. The views and sense of space both inside and outside the property made for an especially relaxing stay. The kitchen is very well equipped and we hosted a Sunday lunch in the lovely dining room with ease and making good use of the Aga. We made use of the excellent DVD collection and the games cupboard. We had taken our own books but spotted many good reads in the house.
Locally the walks and the pubs were excellent. Although it was very muddy the boot room and utility by the back door meant that we could keep the rest of the house clean. Our small dog got used to going straight to the sink for a rinse.
We can imagine that in the summer the pool would add even more delight to any holiday in this wonderful house.
We had a fabulous time in this wonderful property. A perfect place to welcome in the New Year, well equipped with gorgeous gardens, the Severn estuary and a great pub are a short stroll away. Would highly recommend!
Such a beautiful property!
We descended on the Old Queens Manor for a long weekend in October to celebrate my Mother-In-Law's 60th Birthday. There were 10 adults and two toddlers. It took us a while to find somewhere suitable as we wanted somewhere that was special and also big enough for us all to enjoy, and boy did the Old Queens Manor deliver. The house and it's grounds are stunning!!
Starting with the house, it has everything you could wish for to make your stay comfortable. It was beautifully maintained and fully equipped. You can tell it is a house that was/is very much loved as it holds a lot of charm whilst also feeling modern at the same time. For such a big house it was surprisingly cosy and I think we all could've quite happily lived there!
The grounds were beautiful and every bit was utilised. We had tennis and table tennis matches going on between the adults and the toddlers loved running around the expansive gardens seeing what treasures they could find.
Whilst staying at the rectory we went for a looped walk direct from the house out to the Severn and back. A nice little walk with a pub stop in the middle (well it'd be rude not to!) We also went for Sunday lunch at The Anchor in the village which was excellent. Decent sized portions too!
Jane, the owner, is superb and my only regret is that I didn't get to meet her in the end to say hello personally. Great communication throughout the whole booking process and she really went the extra mile to make sure that you were enjoying your stay and had everything you needed.
Beautiful House And Grounds
We spent a long weekend at the the house to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary with our family - ten of us with ages ranging from 3 to 75. We had a wonderful time making full use of the lovely house, extensive grounds, swimming pool and tennis court. Everything we needed was provided and Jane was very helpful particularly in answering our many questions. It was such a happy celebration in a perfect setting that the family would love to do it again! We would have no hesitation in recommending the house
Wonderful house and gardens in a quiet location
booked The Rectory to celebtate special birthdays with family and friends and a wonderful time was had by all. It is a a large house but with a homely feel about it and we loved the home cooked family meals in the kitchen. We did spend most time in the beautiful gardens playing tennis til dusk swimming and a couple of BBQs and Table tennis when it got dark! The four year old loved running around and playing on the swing and said it was perfect! The only thing I would have added was a lounger by the pool for the sunny days.
The owner Jane is most helpful and I would certainly recommend for a mixed age group holiday.
We spent a family birthday weekend here and it was wonderful. The house has plenty of space, is beautifully maintained and lovely in every way. The vast garden is great not only for children but adults too. The swimming pool is a good size and was always at a very pleasing temperature. The tennis court is another great feature and was almost as well used by us as the pool. The Anchor pub is just a short walk. It has a good beer garden and serves reasonable food. Well worth a visit.
A perfect family holiday!
We stayed at Old Queen's Manor in early August 2016. It was a family holiday where three generations were able to meet up and spend a week together. As we are spread around the country this rarely happens.
Jane was there to greet us and gave us some key information about the property and some 'house rules'. This was all delivered in a gentle, friendly manner and was very helpful - particularly the information on how to use the Aga since most of us had never cooked on an Aga before.
The facilities were superb and we made use of all that was on offer: pool, tennis courts, croquet, swing, table tennis etc. We were blessed with glorious weather for most of the week. We also took advantage of the recommended 'in house' catering one evening which made for a relaxing evening for all the family.
All in all this was a fantastic holiday destination. A true family holiday.
Our stay at C18th Rectory
We were a family of 12 celebrating a birthday and the Old Quenns Manor at Alderton was perfect for us. There were 3 generations plus dogs and the accommodation worked perfectly. Lots of kitchen and dining space and ample entertainment areas from the quiet library to the smart drawing room and noisy TV room all with roaring fires and lots of logs courtesy of the owner who was a delightful host.What a history.
The grounds and surrounding areas are attractive.
We will go back.
Ultimate relaxation and comfort!
We stayed at the Old Queen's Manor House with our extended family, ages ranging from 9 to 76. It was a wonderful and beautifully provisioned base, and, to be honest we had very little reason to leave the premises, with the tennis court, swimming pool, croquet etc all in the garden and on tap. Lots of relaxing meals in the lovely gardens and the kids spent most of the time outside having a great time.
Would definitely recommend it for a relaxing family break!
A truly special family retreat!
Having never stayed here before nor knew anyone who had, we took a risk by committing to a 9-night stay after reading the property description online. We wanted a countryside family retreat where we could truly relax and slow down to enjoy some exclusive time with each other. Choosing to stay at The Old Rectory proved to be the best decision we made! The house is full of old charm and character, set in beautiful expansive grounds, complete with a tennis court and heated pool. Our 3 kids (aged 15, 13 & 10) and their cousins (18, 16 & 11) had plenty to do and although nearby attractions beckoned, they often preferred to stay in to play tennis/ croquet / swim and simply enjoy the property together. Jane was absolutely wonderful and ensured we had everything we needed throughout our stay. Having traveled so far (from Singapore) and unfamiliar with the area, we were very grateful for such a caring and gracious host!
We hope to return some time soon!
By far the best of several properties we have stayed in. All of the rooms are of an excellent standard - and the garden, tennis court and pool are wonderful.
The owners are very welcoming and thoughtful in the way they provide for their guests. Property is well located for exploring into Wales and Forest of Dean as well as Bristol and Cotswolds. Hope we will get back one day!
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