fox hollow cottageSurrey
The charming Fox Hollow Cottage with its egg-shell blue front door and picket fencing sits just outside London on the very cusp of Windsor Great Park; an area steeped in history and royal heritage. One of a small huddle of red brick cottages dating right back to the reign of Henry VIII, Fox Hollow has been transformed into a beautifully packaged and cleverly designed two-bedroom cottage full of all the luxuries you’d expect from a boutique hotel.
In addition to the 2,000 hectares of glorious British parkland right on your doorstep, Fox Hollow also rubs shoulders with a real humdinger of a country pub. Its vibrant local atmosphere and delicious menu full of lots of local produce are the real cherry on top to a stay at Fox Hollow Cottage (they’ll even deliver to your door if you fancy a night in). All of this, under an hour away from London.
You enter the cottage through the front door which opens up into the open-plan living room, from where you can see all the way through to the light flooded kitchen at the back of the property. A natural palette of warm Farrow & Ball neutrals, sky blues and woodland greens weave their way throughout the cottage, helping to bring the surrounding parkland indoors with you as you check-in to your very own park-side haven.
The bespoke interiors have all been thoughtfully designed to modernise and maximise the cottage’s characterful framework and layout, resulting in a harmonious coming together of old and new. Local artwork hangs on the expertly crafted panelled walls and minimalist furnishings are complemented by one-off vintage pieces collected from the owner’s travels.
The living room centres around an electric fireplace and then extends past the staircase into a separate TV space with a sofa bed fit for a king. This open plan space continues into the galley-style kitchen and dining area. Think marble kitchen counters, skylights and all the high-spec kitchen appliances you could possibly need. The dining table seats 4 and sits in front of the Crittall-style glass French doors, overlooking the decked out patio garden oasis. You’ll also find a stylish downstairs loo tucked away under the stairs.
Upstairs, you have the Master Bedroom to your right and a large family bathroom to your left. The Master Bedroom is its very own peaceful sanctuary, with fresh white linens and a statement rattan headboard, all enveloped by striking wisteria mural wallpaper. The family bathroom sings of style and grandeur, with its peachy-pink coated walls, giant pear-shaped bathtub and marble-lined rainfall shower.
Please note that the staircase is extremely steep due to the old framework of the property and there is no safety gate for toddlers, making this property better suited to those with older children.
Follow the stairway around and up the second flight of stairs, where en route you’ll find a hidden reading nook (with a roll out single bed should you require it). It is here, within the eaves of the cottage, that you’ll find another expertly designed second bedroom — with sage green coated walls and a bed nestled into the alcove underneath the window, so you can gaze up at the park’s ancient oak treetops whilst you doze.
Through the French doors from the kitchen (and separate side door from the TV room) you can access the enclosed patio garden filled with freshly planted blooms. There’s an outdoor dining table and chairs underneath the pergola with overhead lighting for those warmer evenings and suppers under the stars.
Through the gate at the back of the patio garden, there’s a steel Asgard secure storage space for your bicycles and access to the side pathway (leading back around to the road and front of the house) so you don’t need to bring your bicycles through the house. There’s also a heated outdoor hose to wash down bikes post-cycle.
1 dog is allowed at the property for an additional fee of £40. Kindly note that dogs are not allowed upstairs or on any of the furniture, and should not be left unattended at the property.
Egham Wick is a small hamlet in Surrey that’s located on the very fringe of Windsor Great Park — a Royal Park with over 2,000 hectares of marvellous parkland including ancient forests, historical monuments, lakes and a deer park. The front of the cottage overlooks the ancient oak trees that line the park and is only a few steps away from one of the entrance gates. The terrific Bailiwick pub, dating all the way back to 1877, sits right next door and serves as the perfect accompaniment to this property.
Fox Hollow Cottage is situated on the border of Surrey and Berkshire. It’s a fantastic base for exploring the surrounding countryside and nearby destinations of Windsor, Ascot, Bray and Eton. There are plenty of walks, hiking trails, cycle routes alongside many historic sights to explore, not to mention the mass of excellent pubs and restaurants.
The cottage is easily accessed from London, with regular trains from Waterloo, Clapham and Richmond (only 20 minutes on the train from Richmond). The nearest train stations are Egham or Virginia Water where taxis are usually readily available and it’s just a short 5-10 minute drive to the property.
There’s plenty to explore on foot from the cottage, especially if you’re a keen walker, but if you want to venture further afield, a car will come in very handy.
The cottage is also only a 10-15 minute drive from Heathrow Airport, depending on traffic.
CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT
Please note that check-in is from 4pm and check-out is by 10am.
FOOD & DRINK
– The Bailiwick next door is a terrific gastropub offering delicious food with a vibrant local atmosphere. Start with the venison bon bons and a glass of Windsor Great Park’s own champagne, and be sure to finish with one of the talented pastry chef’s showstopper puds. And if you ask nicely, they’ll even deliver to your door. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.
– Lavershot Barns in nearby Windlesham is home to the excellent Seasons Farm Shop alongside its beautiful orangery restaurant and gardens. A lovely destination to stop by for lunch and pick up some local goodies to take home with you.
– Coworth Park’s The Barn in Ascot is perfect for special occasions and celebratory dinners.
– For a relaxed yet sophisticated lunch in Windsor, there’s the newly opened Ivy Brasserie.
– Treat yourself to afternoon tea at the stylish luxury riverside hotel, Oakley Court.
– The riverside village of Bray is packed full of gastronomic delights including The Fat Duck, The Waterside Inn and Caldesi in Campagna. Be sure to book well in advance for these culinary hotspots.
– There’s plenty to explore in Windsor Great Park; from the Enchanted Forest and the beautifully landscaped Savill Gardens, to the flowering rhododendrons and azaleas hidden within the Valley Gardens. If you’re feeling active, there are many footpaths and cycle paths to choose from, or just perch yourself under one of the towering oak trees and enjoy a picnic.
– The historic town of Windsor makes for a great day trip and is home to Windsor Castle — the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and family home to members of the British monarchy for over 1,000 years, embodying almost a millennium of architectural history.
– For golf fanatics, Virginia Water is home to to the prestigious Wentworth golf club that hosts the BMW PGA Championships and there’s the popular Old Course at Sunningdale.
– The neighbouring town of Ascot, famed for playing host to some of the best horse racing in the world and home to the largest polo club in the whole of Europe, Guards Polo.
– Royal Holloway University is worth a visit, not only to admire the incredible architecture but it also houses a fantastic art collection open to the public.
– If you’re in need of some pampering, check out the newly finished spa at the luxurious Fairmont hotel.
– Venture up the Thames where you’ll find many scenic riverside walks or rent a boat and head along the canal. At Runnymede you’ll find the site famous for the sealing of Magna Carta, now home to a monument and collection of memorials.
- - Living Area
- - TV Area
- - Kitchen & Dining Area
- - Master Bedroom with King-Size Bed
- - Family Bathroom with Separate Rainfall Shower & Bath Tub
- - Second Bedroom with Double Bed
- - Reading Nook & Landing
- - Enclosed Patio Garden
- - Seating & Dining Area
- - Bike Storage & Bike Hose
- - Parking for 1 Car
Locally Sourced Welcome Hamper
Country Walks on Your Doorstep
Travel Cot & High Chair (Available On Request)
Washing Machine / Dryer
Minimum 3 Night Stay
Dog-Friendly (1 Dog Welcome For An Additional Fee of £40)
Electric Car Charging Point
Bike Storage & Bike Hose