Last weekend we stayed in Cornwell Manor in Oxfordshire. The Manor house dates from the 16th or 17th Century and has a rich history as well as beautifully designed interiors. The Manor is surrounded by a stunning Hamlet and 2,000 acres of land, making it perfect for a weekend getaway if you fancy escaping the bustle of city life.
The Jacobean manor house was originally owned by Sit Thomas Penystone, 1st Baronet and his family and built using proceeds from his once prominent Cotswold would trade. The family continued to own the house until the 1930s when it was bought by American heiress Mrs Anthony Gillson who brought about substantial alterations. She enlisted the services of Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis, known for his Italianate village of Portmeirion.
The manor house is beautifully decorated inside in a true English country style. The main entrance hall has a lovely stone floor and welcoming 18th century fireplace. The drawing features an impressive Adam style chimneypiece with Rococo plasterwork which adds delightful character.
We stayed in the ‘blue bedroom’ which is dominated by a wonderful Regency carved bed and has a pretty pastel blue and cream colour scheme, seen below.
Williams-Ellis also created most of the formal gardens which are stunning in their designs. They are based on formal Italian gardens incredible Italian details including pools, cascades and classical bridges. A truly specular water idyll in the Cotswolds!
We were also delighted to see Cornwell Manor featured last week in Country Life Magazine and recently in House and Garden Magazine. You can visit Cornwell Manor's website to read more about this beautiful estate.