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The Aviary | Luxury Self-Catering | Moreton-in-Marsh, Cotswolds

The Aviary

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, UK

Take one sprawling 17th century farmhouse, throw in some head-turning modern flourishes, a 15-metre heated outdoor pool and a garden full of roses, and the result is one fine self-catering retreat. Set just outside the thriving market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, with roaring fires and roll tops aplenty, the allure of a luxury Cotswolds break has never been so persuasive.


Traditional Cotswold stone provides the golden foundations for some striking modern features at this former farm turned luxury retreat near Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire. Contemporary yet classic, The Aviary shows how the tender renovation of an historic home can present the best of old and new. Attractive timber beams hang high and proud above floor-to-ceiling windows, while the inviting sound of crackling fires call from living room after living room.


Filled with contemporary flair, from the sky-high wooden beams to the patterned rugs underfoot, this Cotswolds home is a haven of good taste. There's plenty to keep children of all ages amused, from bicycle hire to horse riding, leaving grandparents the perfect opportunity to steal some quiet time with a paperback in one of the decadent slipper baths. On thundery afternoons, spend family time together around the glass log burner in the living area, before retreating to the emerald green cocktail room to sip homespun concoctions around a pack of cards into the small hours.


In the garden, wildflowers sway in the gentle summer breeze and colourful camelias climb to the sky. From above, finches sing and jackdaws admire the lustre of the glistening copper pool. Children can tussle through the trees and rose bushes to discover the tipi tent and trampoline awaiting their arrival in summer, whilst the heated swimming pool, whirling hot tub and sunken fire pit area tempts grown-ups for midnight dips beneath the silver light of the moon.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests (10 adults and 2 children) from £7,000 per week
    Day hire options are available
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are two first floor double bedrooms, one with emperor bed, en suite shower room and separate dressing room with bath, and one with super king-size bed. Also on this floor is a children´s bunk room. On the second floor are two double bedrooms with king-size beds, one of which has a free-standing shower, and two single bedrooms. There is a family bathroom on the first floor and a ground floor WC. A further en suite twin bedroom and en suite double bedroom are available at additional cost.
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  • HousekeepingAdditional housekeeping is available on prior request
  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub (May - September), tennis court, cinema room and trampoline
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for at least 10 cars at The Aviary. The modern open-plan kitchen has a wine fridge, dishwasher, ice-maker, large fridge-freezer, Nespresso coffee machine, NutriBullet and proper country Aga as well as an electric Aga with four-ring hob and grill.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with local produce, bottle of the owner´s favourite wine, 60" TV, Sonos multi-room sound system, iPad, WiFi internet, gas barbecue and pizza oven, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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The perfect spot for cosying down with a good book
The Aviary´s bright and spacious kitchen
The contemporary, light-filled dining area

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Visitors to this classic Cotswold village could spend all day pottering the old stone streets, bustling market and gorgeous tearooms, were it not for the pull of miles of verdant countryside and trails which call for adventure.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Aviary is approximately 45 minutes by car from both Cheltenham and Oxford, located near the village of Moreton-in-Marsh within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • By Car Approximately two hours from central London and one hour from Birmingham by car.
  • By Train Moreton-in-Marsh has its own train station, three miles from the house, with trains to London Paddington on the hour.
  • By Air Both Heathrow and Bristol airports are around a one and a half hours drive away, with car hire and taxis easily available.

From the owner

“Having my morning coffee in the drawing room, with its thick stone walls and big open fire, is a great way to start a peaceful winter morning. When the sun is shining and we have the sliding kitchen doors open, it really does show the meaning of bringing the outdoors in!”

From the owner

This is a really special place for us as a family to retreat to when some time in the country is required, and we just love the way the inside and outside seamlessly merge, giving one the forever feeling that they are connected to nature.

The house really comes to life when the doors of the kitchen can be flung open and the sounds of birds chirruping overhead can be heard while brewing that first morning cup of coffee. That being said, there is something quite magical about The Aviary when storms are raging outside and you are sat with a large glass of red next to one of the many roaring open fires.

The covered well in the kitchen is a rather unusual feature, and one which makes our Cotswold home so unique. You can watch the water rise and fall with the weather; children just love to sit around it when it is raining!

The Harrison Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Moreton-in-Marsh with an insider’s perspective.

Bicester Village
To Do

Bicester Village

Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, a relaxed shopping haven in the Oxfordshire countryside. With over 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, tap into the latest trends, transition your wardrobe and refresh with the seasons.

Take a Tour of Whichford Pottery
To Do

Take a Tour of Whichford Pottery

Tucked away in Warwickshire Valley you´ll find Whichford Pottery where you can spend the day watching throwers at work as they turn six tonnes of raw clay into 600 flowerpots weekly, before enjoying a hot brew and slice of cake.

Broughton Castle
To See

Broughton Castle

Take a tour of this opulent country home which embodies a special nostalgic atmosphere, saunter through its great hall (the filming location for Shakespeare in Love) and romantic rooms and watch layers of history unfold.

The Old Butcher
To Eat

The Old Butcher

The Old Butcher´s menu is designed with a nose-to-tail ethos in mind and flaunts ever-changing, seasonal fare which reflects the Great British country and seaside. Seafood enthusiasts are encouraged to book a table ahead of time.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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