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“Thyme is a restored historic Cotswold manor and farm. It is a family story where a passion for the land, food and entertaining, merges with a love of local heritage, beauty and conservation. We took time to make Thyme. Working with the historic buildings and the land that surrounds them, we have created a thoughtful place with love and attention lavished on every detail. We hope you will experience a real connection to the land, the seasons and to nature, and we invite you to rest, relax and enjoy this English country idyll that our family call home.” Caryn Hibbert, Founder & Creative Director.

The estate dates from Roman times, but is first clearly defined in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Manor House remains a private home and sits on the eastern side of its historic Norman church. To the west of the church lie the historic manorial barns, houses and cottages which are at the heart of this medieval estate. Over the past fifteen years, the Hibberts have meticulously restored the derelict buildings with the vision of giving them a renewed purpose.

After three centuries of French baronial ownership following the Norman Conquest of 1066, the estate became the property of the Dean and Chapter of St. Mary's College, Leicester and remained church property until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. It then passed into the ownership of Sir Robert Cecil, Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State, before being acquired by Sir Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham in 1608. Dorothy founded the Oxford college in Sir Nicholas's name upon his demise - the first woman not of noble birth to do so. She gifted the estate to Wadham College until 1926 when it eventually sold its interest. 

The restoration has been slow and considered. Thyme has evolved organically with an understanding that conservation is about sustainability - not only preserving the past but more importantly, securing the future. It is this historic relationship with the land and village that drives Thyme’s ambition to restore the beauty and prosperity of the original estate; once again savouring the vitality of a time when the fields and their produce was the lifeblood of the village.

Michael Bertioli, father of Thyme's founder Caryn Hibbert, a physicist and entrepreneur was keen to ensure that modern technology was fully embraced in order to make Thyme as energy efficient as possible. Heating systems include ground source heat pumps and wood chip boilers. There are also sophisticated ventilation and heat recovery systems as well as great attention to insulation. Read more about our green technologies in 'Thoughts from Thyme'.