The Vineyard Cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Vineyard Cottage was originally part of a traditional stable block and has recently been extended and refurbished, retaining the exposed beams and split stable-style front door. Shaded in summer by an old quince tree with wisteria, roses and honeysuckle growing around the front, the cottage is situated in the courtyard at The Vineyard, an 18th century converted barn in the attractive, peaceful village of Clifton Hampden, South Oxfordshire which is four miles from Abingdon, eight miles from Oxford and only an hour from London.
The cottage has its own large, private south facing terrace, partially shaded by a pergola, where grapevines and roses trail and the only sounds you here when you wake in the morning are the birds singing and the trees rustling in the breeze. A teak table with four comfortable chairs with cushions, a sun umbrella and a Weber barbecue will help make the most of sunny days and long summer evenings. (The terrace is accessed via six steps and so is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible).
The second bedroom and bathroom are situated on the ground floor. The beds in this room can be arranged as one single bed, twin beds or a queen size bed. This room could also be used as a study if you are here on business, visiting the University or the European School in Culham. Please advise on booking which layout you would prefer.
Babies and children are welcome. Please notify us in advance if you would like to use the travel cot, baby bath (tummy tub), changing mat, highchair or safety gate for the stairs. Children will love watching the chickens, the visiting ducks and rabbits grazing in the adjoining paddock and the Red Kites circling overhead.
There is a free wi-fi connection, an i-pod dock, local guide books, novels, family games and dvd's for adults and children available for your enjoyment.
Freshly laid eggs are often available from our hens. A basic supply of tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, olive oil, kitchen and toilet rolls, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets are available. A bottle of wine is provided for bookings of a week or more.
Environmentally friendly and non-animal tested cleaning products are used wherever possible.
10% discount on repeat or longer bookings.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||450 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Culham 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
We are situated in a very convenient position in South Oxfordshire only an hour from London and Birmingham and just 15 minutes from Jct 7 on the M40.
Oxford city centre is a twenty minute drive away and is perfect for a weekend of sight-seeing and shopping. There is a fantastic choice of restaurants, cafes and shops of all kinds, including the Covered Market with its plethora of speciality boutiques and delicatessans, many famous museums including the Bodleian, Natural History and the charming Pitt Rivers. Admire the beautiful architecture of the College buildings and the peaceful Botanical Gardens. There are several organised walks around the city and colleges including a highly recommended free walk. There are several themed walks following in Morse's footsteps or Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and C.S. Lewis. Children would be thrilled to see some of the locations where the Harry Potter films were made. Booking in advance is advisable for some of these walks as they quickly fill up during holiday periods (not necessary for the free walk). There is a Literary Festival in March.
The park and ride at Redbridge makes travel into the city easy and parking much cheaper.
A drive into the Cotswolds is a lovely way to spend a relaxing day visiting beautiful villages like Burford, Broadway or Bampton with their honey coloured limestone houses and enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way. There is Blenheim Palace, the White Horse near Uffington, the neolithic stone circle of the Rollright Stones, the Cotswold Lakes around Lechlade, the Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford or Cogges Manor Farm Musuem in Witney to name just a few of the attractions. The perfect way to round off any day out would be to have a cream tea in one of the many welcoming tea rooms.
Bicester Village outlet shopping centre is only a half hour drive away, for designer shopping at affordable prices.
The River Thames is close by for fishing and boating and the local pub The Barley Mow (as mentioned in Three Men and a Boat by Jerome K Jerome) is a short walk away and serves local beers and food and has an enclosed garden.
Walking is a favourite local pastime especially on the towpath along the Thames. The village shop/post office sells basic groceries, newspapers, milk, freshly baked bread, croissants and there are several large supermarkets just a short drive away.
Abingdon is the oldest inhabited town in England and its museum of local history on the main square was recently completely refurbished and is now accessible to everyone, with a cafe in the basement. There is a regular Farmers' Market in the main square in the summer and this is also where special royal occasions are uniquely celebrated with bun throwing by the Mayor from the top of the museum. Here too, you will find plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes where you can relax and watch the world go by.
Other local attractions include the World championship Pooh Sticks contest held annually in Little Wittenham, Thomas the tank engine and his friends can sometimes be found at the Didcot Railway Museum and there is a beautiful Arboretum in Nuneham Courtenay which is open all year round (weekdays only in the winter) but has a particularly magnificent display of bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas in spring and spectacular autumn colours.
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14 Jun 2014
Beautiful cottage in a stunning location- I booked it for my parents and I stayed with them the night before my wedding nearby- it was such a lovely place to stay with my family- the private garden … More
Thank you and I'm really happy to hear the cottage lived up to your expectations and that you all enjoyed your stay prior to your big day!
13 Apr 2014
"Everything you would want and more!"
We just returned from our week at vineyard cottage and to be honest, we could not have asked for a better base to explore the local area! when we arrived Fiona was there to greet us and show us around… More
Thank you very much for the your complimentary feedback. It was a pleasure to have you and your family to stay in the cottage.
17 Sep 2013
"The most comfortable stay we'd ever had"
We stayed in Vineyard cottage for one week. Very pleasant home. It is actually home to home accomodation. Everything is quite new and very tidy. Access to a lovely garden. Many Thanks go to Fiona!… More
Thank you and I'm pleased to have been able to assist you and your family with your relocation to the UK and hope you all enjoy living in Oxfordshire.
9 Sep 2013
"Stunning scenery in unspoilt countryside"
My wife and I stayed in the cottage for a weekend for a nearby wedding. We stayed with our 18 month daughter and my brother and his girlfriend. The interior of the cottage was very nicely decorated an… More
Thank you and hope to welcome you back again soon.
29 Aug 2013
"Comfortable base for exploring"
We spent four nights in this comfortable cottage in August. We travelled from Ireland and met our son and his wife who travelled from London. So convenient from London...just over an hour...The cot… More
Thank you. I'm really pleased that you were all happy and comfortable in the cottage and enjoyed your holiday.
13 Aug 2013
After spending the week in busy London, we were looking forward to a quiet weekend in Oxfordshire. The Vineyard Cottage was absolutely perfect. It is actually better than I could possibly imagine. The… More
Thank you. I'm sorry we were away for your stay but hope to meet you next time!
7 May 2013
"Paradise Found in the Oxfordshire Countryside"
My wife and I and our toddler stayed here originally for a week and loved the cottage so much that we extended our stay for another four days. We are pretty well travelled and have holidayed in some very nice places but this holiday topped the lot thanks in no small part to this gorgeous cottage and village. The Cottage has everything you could need and feels much more like a home than a holiday unit. Every little detail has been attended to, from the selection of books and DVD's to the linen, the washing basket and the bins and onto the full kitchenware, cutlery and so forth. The Cottage, and more particulary its owners have, left no stone unturned in ensuring that everything you might need or want in a holiday cottage is here. The cottage is spacious, it's clean, it's very private and safe for children, it has a beautiful private terrace for sunbathing ( if you're lucky enough, as we were, to get some great weather). It sits neatly and, as i say privately, in a large gravelled courtyard at the end of a small country road only a minutes walk from the village and only ten minutes drive from Oxford so you really do have the best of all worlds here. If you need a holiday to get away from it all or you want that luxury but to be still within easy reach of the cities of Oxford, London, Birmingham or Bath then this is the place for you. I must make special mention also of the wonderful owners, Glenn and Fiona, who could not have been any more hospitable or accommodating. If you are considering this cottage for holiday rental, then I have only two more words of advice - "Book It"!!! You will be very glad you did.
Thank you - I love to add the sort of small touches I appreciate myself when on holiday. It was a pleasure having you and your family to stay and we hope to welcome you all again soon.
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