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Thorpe Manor


A lovingly renovated quintessentially English country house in the heart of a traditional village close to Banbury.

A grand and traditional yet totally renovated 14 bedroom manor house in the heart of England and on the edge of The Cotswolds.

Built in the mid 1600s, in the style of Thomas Archer, Thorpe Manor is a Grade II* listed Georgian manor. The original owners, Thomas & Mary Kirton, were related to Oliver Cromwell (Mary being his first cousin). The Kirton family owned the manor from 1554 to 1685, when it was passed to the Gostelowes who owned it until 1724. During this time, it is thought that several significant features were added, including the south façade, a provincial classic of Wrens’ age.

Mr Henry Teare inherited Thorpe Manor in 2013 from the previous owner, his step-father, Mr Derek Ancil. Derek was a successful horse jockey, trainer and owner, who bought the manor in 1968 and used the adjacent stable block as his private training yard. In 1960, Derek won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on his horse Knucklecracker. This was a unique highlight of his career, as there has not been a winning jockey before or since who has been both the horse owner and trainer. Each bedroom suite has been names after his significant horses in a sentimental nod to Derek’s legacy.

This quintessential English country house has been lovingly and sympathetically renovated and restored. Maintaining its authenticity, Thorpe Manor has been brought into the 21st century to meet contemporary expectations of comfort and hospitality. 14 of the bedroom suites now have new bathrooms, ensuring all guests’ needs are catered to. (The only exception is the master bedroom which has a magnificent Edwardian bathtub.) Thorpe Manor is offered as a fully-staffed, self-catered private house. However, there is the option to rent Thorpe with an in-house food team, which utilises produce from the abundant countryside surroundings, and serves fresh dishes made from vibrant, local, home-grown ingredients, with a modern flair.

The key areas of the house are:

  • Entrance Hallway – perfect for drinks to accompany live music, furnished with a Baby Grand Piano
  • Drawing Room – a peaceful room for calm and relaxed socialising
  • Study Bar – where to enjoy time-honoured drinks by the fire
  • Dining Room – seating 34, this is an elegant setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Kitchen Dining / Breakfast Room – an ideal spot for casual, all-day eating, with delightful views of the garden. Fully equipped for a professional chef if required
  • Cinema Room – watch your favourite films in a plush setting
  • Billiard Room – to break and play
  • Flower Room – a serene space for reading, writing, and pondering
  • Central Courtyard – a whimsical open-air courtyard, the perfect spot for coffee, morning or afternoon
  • Gym – kitted out with cardio machines, weights and equipment
  • Summer House & Hot Tub – gaze up at the stars from your very own wooden Swedish hot tub
  • Croquet Lawn – with strawberries and cream on a British summer’s day!

Easy to reach, Thorpe Manor is conveniently located 10 minutes outside of Banbury in Oxfordshire. Regular trains take 55 minutes from London Marylebone. By car, the house is within 30 minutes’s drive from the heart of the Cotswolds, 45 minutes from Birmingham, 1 hour from Heathrow, and 1.5 hours from London.

Thorpe Manor really does offer the most amazing private stay, for both extended families and groups of friends. However, due to its recent renovations, the country house is now able to comfortably accommodate corporate retreats, and makes the most spectacular wedding venue. Find additional information below.

Additional Information


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.

Corporate Retreats
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.


  • Main Entrance Hall – 120 guests, drinks reception.
  • Marquees and Outdoor Structures – 300 guests, seated.
  • Drawing Room – 60 guests, seated, round tables.
  • Dining Room – 30 guests, seated, banquet style.

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.


Property Details

  • Sleeps 34
  • Bedrooms 14
  • Dogs Allowed
  • 14 En-Suite Bedrooms
  • Drawing Room
  • Staffed but self-catered, with in-house catering available
  • Dining Room seats up to 34
  • Kitchen Dining / Breakfast Room
  • Cinema Room
  • Billiard Room
  • Bar
  • Licensed for weddings & opposite the Church
  • 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen, robes and slippers
  • Nespresso machines in every bedroom
  • Lawned gardens & 200 acres of land
  • Dog friendly

Interested in booking Thorpe Manor?

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