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Amazing UK Holiday Homes: Churchill Manor

For splendid seclusion and the sense that you’ve left the rest of the world behind, Churchill Manor in Oxfordshire stands within 600 acres of pastures and farmland. With that amount of land, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the house.

The manor itself is colossal and spread over four floors, with a cinema and games room for rainy days, as well as table tennis in the basement.

Despite its size, it still retains a homely intimacy, largely due to the fact that it’s belonged, and has been lovingly looked after by the same family since 1945.

Because of this, Churchill Manor has some wonderful personal touches that truly make it a home away from home. The sitting rooms are perfect places to convene and spend long, chatter-filled evenings, with open log fires and ample supplies of wood, plus shelves laden with books.

No grand country manor would be complete without an Aga, and when it’s fired up, it becomes the heart of the house, around which sumptuous feasts can be cooked up and served. If you have a predilection for the bucolic self-sufficient lifestyle, there is a bountiful walled garden, with fresh vegetables on hand to pick, peel and pep up a hearty stew or stir fry. In clement weather, kick off your Wellingtons for a dip in the heated outdoor pool.

Sleeps 20. One week’s self-catering costs from £9,500 with Avenue. For more information, visit www.avenueproperty.com

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