Wantage Manor

A refined country estate…

Wantage Manor

A refined country estate…

A warm family home at heart

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With its 30 acres of peaceful parkland and elegant Georgian architecture, it’s hard to believe that this magnificent stately home is only 75 minutes from London. Hidden deep in Oxfordshire’s picturesque North Wessex Downs in a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wantage Manor is a serene country retreat for up to 25 people.

For all of its sophistication and grace, Wantage Manor’s real appeal lies in its cosiness. Interiors are decadent but designed for comfort – in the evenings, you can curl up under a blanket in the intimate snug, with its plush upholstery and roaring log fire. This is the ideal location for a family reunion, important birthday celebration, or just a weekend getting away from it all.

Prices from £4,000

Based on a 3 night mid-week private stay.

Accommodates 22

Or up to 25 with children. There are 11 double bedrooms and a children’s bedroom with bunk beds.

In beautiful Oxfordshire

Deep in the countryside of the North Wessex Downs in an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, yet only 75 minutes from London

A relaxing stay

…with a luxurious edge

The heart of Wantage Manor is its bright and spacious kitchen, which features a double aga with which to create your culinary masterpieces. Enjoy breakfast or lunch around the farmhouse kitchen table before retiring to the formal drawing room to lose yourself in a book or play a board game.

On warm afternoons, take a stroll through the exquisitely manicured garden, or take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Kids will love the large trampoline and tennis court. In the evening, feast in the opulent, oak-panelled dining room, or get competitive with a game of billiards in the vaulted basement hall.

Heritage-inspired bedrooms…

…a spacious, comfortable place to relax

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At Wantage Manor, you’ll find 11 adult bedrooms. Interiors retain their original features and are traditionally inspired, with deep burgundy hues, sumptuous bedding and dark woods creating a romantic and opulent feel.

At the end of the day, you can sink down into your king size bed, and enjoy views of the sun setting over the undulating landscape outside your window. There’s also a room for children at Wantage Manor, which includes a bunk bed for their most exciting sleepover yet.

A secluded rural oasis…

… just minutes from the sights of Oxford

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At Wantage Manor, you’re just a short distance from the village of Ardington. Enjoy a hearty Sunday lunch at cosy pub, The Boar’s Head, or visit the Holy Trinity Church which dates back to the 1200s. If you need to pick up the ingredients for dinner, simply drive five minutes to the little village of Wantage, which is famous for being the birthplace of King Alfred the Great.

Alternatively, lace up your walking shoes to explore one of the many hiking routes which lead directly from the house into the rolling wilderness of the North Wessex Downs. If you’re in the mood to venture further afield, it’s only a 30-minute journey to the city of Oxford. In the “City of Dreaming Spire”, discover the medieval architecture of one of the world’s most prestigious universities, stroll through a 900-year-old crypt in Oxford Castle, or search for a rare trinket at the indoor bazaar, which dates back to the 1770s.

Wantage Manor

Prices and availability

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Wantage Manor is available for private hire on an exclusive basis.

Prices below include VAT (where applicable) and are based on a residential stay; wedding rates are available by calling us on 01242 352 747.

Exclusive use of the house for a private stay

Weekend (2 nights) Weekend (3 nights) Week Midweek (3 nights)
Jan – Apr £5,000 £6,000 £8,000 £4,000
May – Sep £6,000 £7,000 £9,000 £4,000
Oct – Jan £5,000 £6,000 £8,000 £4,000
Christmas (21-27 Dec) £12,000
New Year (30 Dec – 3 Jan 2019) £12,000
  • Self catering private hire for up to 25 guests. Prices applicable for dates in 2018 & 2019.
  • Check-in time is 4pm and check out is 10am except on Sundays where check-out is extended to 4pm.

Payment Process

  • We take a 1/3 deposit at the time of booking
  • The balance is due three months before the date booked
  • Cautionary Deposit: £2,000 refundable cautionary deposit (due two weeks prior to your stay)

How to book:

  1. Call us on 01242 352 747
  2. Email us on hello@bighouseexperience.com
  3. Complete the form below.

Note: Wantage Manor is open for public visits to certain areas of the house on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays in May & June between 11am – 3pm, along with all Bank Holiday Mondays in the year. Please ask for more information.

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Available

Booked

How to book:

  1. Call us on 01242 352 747
  2. Email us on hello@bighouseexperience.com
  3. Complete the form below.

Although it has all the grandeur and history that you would expect from a stately home, Wantage Manor also manages to feel cosy, warm and welcoming.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

  • Sleeps up to 25 guests (however, be aware that two of the beds are bunks so may not be suitable for adults)
  • There are eight double bedrooms, three twin bedrooms and a three bed children’s room
  • Four of the bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms
  • There are four additional shared bathrooms
  • There is a downstairs WC

Eating In

  • Large kitchen with double aga and farmhouse kitchen table seating 12 (16 at a squeeze)
  • Oak-panelled dining room seating 18 (20 at a squeeze)

Things to do at the house

  • Outdoor trampoline & tennis court
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool open May – September
  • Fly fishing available April – October
  • Play room for kids with many toys and books
  • Antique bar billiards table and table tennis in the basement vaulted hall
  • Free WIFI on all floors
  • Explore 30 acres of parkland
  • Relax in the drawing room, cosy music room or snug, each with log fire or wood-burning stove

Things To Do in the Area

The village of Ardington is a picturesque estate village, with a very friendly and warm atmosphere. Just a stone’s throw from the House and all within walking distance are:

  • Highly recommended village pub, The Boars Head
  • Local café and convenience shop, The Grocer Chef
  • Wooden built children’s play area
  • Woodland ideal for dog walks
  • Holy Trinity Church built circa 1200
  • Many miles of footpaths leading directly from the House up to the North Wessex Downs

The famous spires and colleges of Oxford are just 30 minute drive from Ardington and the market towns of Hungerford, Newbury and Abingdon are all within half an hour’s drive. Our own market town of Wantage, famed for its statue of King Alfred the Great who was born there in 849, is just 5 minutes away by car and offers both a Waitrose and a Sainsburys for grocery shopping.

Where we are

  • Situated in the village of Ardington, Oxfordshire
  • The nearest town is Wantage, 2.5 miles
  • The nearest station Didcot Parkway which is just 15 minutes drive away (40 minutes from London Paddington)
  • The nearest airport is Heathrow (45 minute drive) by car
  • Helicopter landing Site
  • Private Parking

Services and Facilities

The following items are included in the rent:

  • Bed linen and towels (including pool towels)
  • Utilities
  • Logs for the fire
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • There is a travel cot (please bring your own linen) and a highchair

Services on Request

The following services are available on request through our preferred supppliers (details on request).:

  • Private chef
  • In-house spa treatments
  • Housekeeping (inc. linen change) during your stay

House Rules

  • Up to two dogs welcome
  • Strictly no smoking
  • Sorry, not suitable for stag or hen parties
  • No fireworks or chinease lanterns
  • Noise policy in place
  • Check in is 4pm
  • Check out is 10am (or 4pm on a Sunday)

How to book:

  1. Call us on 01242 352 747
  2. Email us on hello@bighouseexperience.com
  3. Complete the form below.

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