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Thorpe Manor


HISTORY 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.

Thorpe Manor

HISTORY
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.

TODAY
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:

  • Entrance Hallway: for drinks and live music and furnished with a Baby Grand
  • Drawing Room: a peaceful room for socialising and relaxing
  • Study Bar: serving time-honoured drinks by the fire
  • Dining Room: an elegant setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner that seat 34
  • Kitchen Dining / Breakfast Room: for casual all day eating with views of the garden, but equipped for the professional chef
  • Cinema Room: a glamorous environment to be immersed in film
  • Billiard Room: to break and play
  • Flower Room: a calm space for reading or thinking
  • Central Courtyard: an open-air whimsical courtyard, the perfect spot for coffee
  • Gym: cardio machines, weights and equipment
  • Summer House & Hot Tub: star gaze in the wooden Swedish hot tub
  • Croquet Lawn: for a British Summer’s day

LOCATION
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.