Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Vineyard Cottage was originally part of a traditional stable block and has recently been extended and refurbished, retaining its exposed beams and the 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 - 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 and 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 to study, on business or perhaps visiting 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 or the Red Kites circling overhead.
There is a free wi-fi connection, an i-pod dock, some 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.
Environmentally friendly and/or 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.