Warm, imposing, homely

Enter a different world of polished silver, gravel drives, croquet and high tea served in summer on immaculate lawns. Six-bedroom Osbourne House is warm, imposing and homely. Set the logs ablaze, cook up a storm on the Aga, stare at the stars from the hot tub. Be reminded what great company in a special setting feels like.

Great company in a special setting

Take the winding lanes past the nature reserve, close by the source of the Severn, and enter a different world. This is a place where your tyres crunch slowly over gravel drives, where croquet is still played over G&T, where the silver is always polished, and where high tea is served in summer on immaculate lawns.

You’re invited to join this world at six-bedroom Osborne House, just a happy wander away from the Cotswold Way. It’s a special place, but not a precious one. There’s a homely feel to the chunky kitchen table, the warm décor, the toys in the children’s rooms and the garden play area.

Perfect for hens, families and the odd well-behaved dog, Osborne House stands grand and imposing, a reminder of a time when hats were removed after 6pm. Take tea or Pimm’s on the lawn. Play a little cricket or croquet. Get together in the steamy hot tub to gaze at the stars and laugh at the world.

Catch a movie on Sky TV. Fire up the Nuvo sound system. Cook up a storm on the Aga. Eat in the elegant dining room or on the terrace under the parasol. Set the logs ablaze in the living room. Play cards or games. Be reminded of the joy of great company in a special setting.

Hot tub, gardens and grounds

Osborne House is soft on the inside with a hard, crispy shell, but it might be the tasty three acres on the outside that’ll linger longest on the palate. There are spaces here for kids to play, for grown-ups to gather and for everyone to be oh-so-English.

These lawns were made for cricket and croquet. Or perhaps you’d prefer to spread out a picnic blanket and make with the cucumber sandwiches and Pimm’s? While you go all English garden party, your kids will be being kids in the play area, with the Wendy house, swings and climbing frame. Or chasing the chickens.

There are secluded terraces out here that make al-fresco dining under the willows and parasols an art form. Get out the salad bowl, fire up the barbie and uncork a chilled Chablis in the sunshine.

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Living spaces

Step into a Laura Ashley catalogue. Sofas are deep and cosy; curtains swag; cornicing is deep; cushions, throws and rugs abound. There’s a fire to be lit, games to be played, tales to be told.

There’s a sense of history here, yet the mod cons are all around. There’s high-speed BT wifi to save your data, a Nuvo sound system with a control panel in every room, and Sky TV on three TVs with DVD players, for family get-togethers over movies and popcorn.

For grown-up escapes, the study should do nicely. Kids will be happy with the toys and games in the playroom. Be apart, come together: Osborne House does both beautifully.

Cooking and dining

The country kitchen comes with butler sink and Aga, but it also comes with high-back armchair and footstool, so you can chop while you chat. You can breakfast here over juice and croissants around the chunky table, with the light flooding in through the sash window.

If you’d rather be in the hot tub than a hot kitchen, get out of it. We can lay on caterers as happy to prepare a one-off celebration as a fully catered break. We can even provide a butler. So take your seat on the velvet chairs in the dining room with its dramatic period features as we light the candles and butter the bread.

Out and about, the Old Badger Inn sits close enough to the canal towpath to work off your confit duck Nicoise or the pan-roasted bream fillets. For pizza and pasta, and a fair selection of ‘carne’, try Sorrento’s. For an authentic taste of the Mediterranean, it has to be No. 23 Bistro.

Dinner at Six at Stroud serves home-made, seasonal fare. Tuck into hearty classics such as lamb rump and ribeye steak. Go gastro at The Frocester, or soak up the rustic charm of The Old Fleece, with its roaring fire in winter and terrace in summer. For Michelin-starred magic, try Le Champignon Sauvage or the Butcher’s Arms.

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Bedrooms

The upstairs landing is practically a room by itself. It leads to six bedrooms and two family bathrooms. Each room is as sumptuous as the last, with heavy curtains, glinting chandeliers and stunning views.

The master bedroom is a kingsize, sleeping two, while bedroom two provides a double with an extra two truckle beds. Bedroom three is a king with en-suite, while bedroom four is a superking with the option of converting to zip-and-link twins. Bedroom five is a double plus sofa bed, and bedroom six is a double. Four more guests can be accommodated on a double sofa bed available in the play room, and a further two single put-up beds.

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What people say

What people say

"What an absolutely fantastic place My family and I have had a super time and will definitely return next year!" - Claire
"A really amazing place. A beautiful setting and lovely house. Comfortable and very well equipped. Magical." - John

Bouldering, shopping and pampering

Get lost in the maze at Hidcote Manor, make like Lewis Hamilton at JDR Karting, try bouldering or climbing at The Warehouse, or stand up and paddle at SUP Gloucester. Grown-ups can be wowed by the crypt and cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral, shop at the docks or be pampered at home with the Beauty Box.

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