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A lovingly renovated quintessentially English country house in the heart of a traditional village close to Banbury.
Thorpe Manor is a Grade II* listed Georgian manor built in the mid 1600s in the style of Thomas Archer. The original owner was Thomas & Mary Kirton – Mary being a first cousin of Oliver Cromwell. The Kirton family owned the current Manor, and its predecessor, from 1554 to 1685. Thereafter, the Gostelowes owned it until 1724, in which time several significant features are suggested to have been added– including the South façade – a provincial classic of Wrens’ age.
The current owner Mr Henry Teare, inherited the Manor in 2013. His step-father, the previous owner, was Mr Derek Ancil, a successful horse jockey, trainer and owner. Derek bought the Manor in 1968 where the adjacent stable block was used as his private training yard. A highlight of Derek’s career was winning The Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in 1960, on his horse Knucklecracker. Never before or since, has a jockey won the race where he has been the horse owner and trainer. In a sentimental nod to Derek’s legacy, each suite has been named after his significant horses.
Thorpe Manor has been lovingly renovated to authentically re-create the quintessential English country house to meet contemporary expectations. All 14 bedrooms suites have new bathrooms – except the master with its magnificent Edwardian bathtub – with the infrastructure to meet all guest’s needs. Thorpe Manor is offered as a private house with staff and self catered however Thorpe’s optional in-house food team reflect the abundant countryside surroundings, serving dishes that focus on fresh, local, vibrant and home-grown ingredients, and with a modern flair.
The key areas of the house are:
Thorpe Manor is conveniently located 10 minutes outside of Banbury. Regular trains take 55 minutes from London Marylebone. By road, the house is within 30 minutes of the heart of the Cotswolds, 45 minutes of Birmingham, 1 hour from Heathrow and
1 hour 30 minutes of London.
WEDDINGS, EVENTS & CORPORATE RETREATS
Thorpe Manor is perfect for private stays, for a family or group of friends reuniting, but it has been reimagined to provide the perfect private wedding venue or corporate retreat; with Additional Information below.
WEDDINGS, EVENTS & CORPORATE RETREATS
Weddings & Events
Plan your perfect wedding celebrations at Thorpe Manor, a Georgian manor house surrounded by the natural beauty of its 200 acre estate, with 14 en suite bedrooms (including the Bridal Suite), cinema, gym, bar, hot-tub, drawing room, dining room, flower room, summerhouse, orchard and lawns for marquees. At Thorpe Manor we are licensed for wedding ceremonies in the Flower Room and the Summerhouse. Thorpe Manor is conveniently located directly opposite the charming village church, which seats up to 120 guests. The church is dedicated to St John the Baptist and is believed to date back to the 13th Century.
Privacy, luxury and seamless service are essentials to any business event. At Thorpe Manor, we are committed to delivering professionalism and success. Retreat into the grand rooms of Thorpe Manor for privacy and time to focus on the matter at hand; corporate entertaining, private dinners, product launches, press parties, film screenings, creative brainstorming, team building and VIP meetings. The cinema room can be transformed into a theatre style presentation room, the billiard room into an office and the main reception rooms reconfigured to match your style and needs.
DINNERS AND RECEPTION CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
GROUNDS AND MARQUEES
There are several lawns for marquees or outside structures to be assembled. We have a 63amp 3 phase power supply installed.
Music and parties are permitted until midnight. Bands and DJ’s are welcome. We also have a baby grand piano in the main entrance hallway available for drinks receptions and dinners.
We work with a range of companies and individuals that have been vetted by us. These talented people can create your wedding or event to exactly your requirements and concepts.