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Ancient Cotswolds barn meets contemporary charm at this luxury self-catering country house near Cheltenham. Framed by rolling countryside with roses and Virginia creeper dancing across its golden stone façade, this is bucolic Britain at its best. Whether a stylish sanctuary for a large family gathering, or a private retreat to retire to with friends after fun-filled antics at the races, Zamani ensures a blissful escape.

Zamani in the Cotswolds


Once belonging to Sudeley Castle Estate and later to Hawling Manor, when the owners moved from their Kenyan home to this 17th century barn near Cheltenham they wanted to gift it a new identity. Drawing upon influences of their family travels, they filled it with Indian fabrics, furnishings from Zanzibar and big slabs of oak usually seen in safari lodges. The unique combination of organic materials and contemporary design features create a striking juxtaposition of elements. Those looking for a one-of-a-kind luxury self-catering country house within glorious Cotswolds countryside need look no further.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The main house comprises three doubles, one twin and one single bedroom, each dressed in luxury linens and bedspreads handmade from pure silk Indian saris. The king-size master bedroom features its own en suite bathroom with shower, whilst the other bedrooms share a family bathroom and separate shower room. There are two WCs on the ground floor. The studio annex has a king-size bed, kitchen and shower room, perfect for grandparents or lovebirds within the group.


Families can look forward to an array of wholesome and high society pastimes at Zamani. Cavort around the Cotswold countryside, have a flutter on the races or explore the tangle of iconic, golden-hued villages nearby. Escape the tourist honeypots by getting lost within the secret gardens and terraces back at the house. Children will love to run wild within the grounds designed by Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Julian Dowle, where borders overflow with poppies, delphiniums, brunnera and astrantia, presenting the ultimate English country garden.

For Relaxation

Hawling is the more serene sister village to Bourton-on-the-Water - one of England's most celebrated and beautiful villages - and offers a blissful haven for family holidays or gatherings. Whether outside or inside, the house invites guests to relax amidst the lush verdure of the Eden-like surrounds. Enjoy indulgent breakfast spreads and dinner parties in the ultra-modern glass dining room, where a polished concrete floor and zingy orange chairs contrast the backdrop of old Cotswold stone festooned with greenery. In summer it's all games of croquet and Champagne afternoon teas on the terrace, whilst winters here are made of Aga-cooked suppers and roaring log fires.


This luxury country home is well-equipped with two fridge freezers, two dishwashers, an Aga, induction hob, washing machine and dryer. There is parking for several cars. Whilst the drive is private, access is occasionally needed to the nearby stables.


  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 6 guests
  • Your Home Stay Includes Linen, towels, logs for the fire Digital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: The main house has one king-size bedroom and two double bedrooms, with an additional king-size bedroom in the annex barnTwins: One twin bedroomSingles: One single bedroom
  • BathroomsThe ground floor has two WCs. The first floor has one family shower room, one family bathroom with shower plus one en suite bathroom with shower. The annex has a shower room with WC.
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQCharcoal barbecue
  • FeaturesPool room
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are very welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60.00 per week or part thereof
  • Mod Cons4k 56" LG TV, Panasonic BluRay DVD player, LG sound bar, Sonos Playbase, Nespresso machine, underfloor heatingInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • RestrictionsNo single-sex parties without prior permission. Fireworks are not permitted.
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Style: There´s a focus on natural, organic and local materials at Zamani. Old hunting prints, wooden Buddha heads and hand-carved furniture from Zanzibar add an exotic, well-travelled flavour.

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Our Take

Property Owner Rachel says

We had moved to the UK from Kenya where our children were born and fell in love with the house before we had even stepped inside. We just loved how the back of the house overlooks the best of Cotswolds rolling hills from every window. From that moment we knew we had to have it.

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Unique Extras

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Food lovers will relish the chance to cook in the contemporary kitchen with its concrete island and shiny jet black Aga. In the company of the brimming flower beds, the garden is perfect for al fresco feasts, if you can bear a mealtime away from the statement dining room. Daylesford in Kingham will be your go-to destination for organic farm produce.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your luxury self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

Walk to Brockhampton to find the nearest inn, The Craven Arms, a proper Cotswold country pub serving home-cooked dishes and hearty Sunday lunches. There are two great eateries worth a visit in Winchcombe; The Lion Inn and Restaurant 5 on North Street. The owners also recommend Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, serving Michelin-starred dining for 13 years running and using local foraged ingredients far before it was trendy. 

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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