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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Byeways is a beautiful thatched cottage built circa 1650 located in the Cotswold village of Long Compton.

The village of Long Compton, which gets it's name for the length of the village extending along the old road joining Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, is considered to be the gateway to the Cotswolds. It is steeped in history, with links to early kings, St. Augustine and Shakespeare, and it is rife with myths and legends. The Rollright Stone circle is a walk away and the church's lych gate is a photographer's dream with the popular Red Lion pub offering an excellent menu and superb ales.

The cottage sleeps 6 (1 Super king on the ground floor, king on the first floor and a room with two singles). There is also a travel cot available. She is equipped with a range cooker, so we have left you Mary Berry's Aga Book to give you some ideas. Children will love the country garden, when you decide to relax and take a break from all the sight seeing.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham 66 km, Nearest railway: Moreton in Marsh
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Central England/Cotswolds region

Long Compton is a village and civil parish in Warwickshire, England at the northern edge of the Cotswold escarpment in in South Warwickshire, and close to the border with Oxfordshire. It nestles in the valley of a tributary to the river Stour. It is part of the district of Stratford-on-Avon and has a population of 705.

The present settlement traces back to Saxon times, and that a Christian church existed in Long Compton as early as the 5th century on the ground adjacent to the Parish Church. Local evidence of Bronze Age and Roman settlement is coming to light.

The Village lies within a conservation area and the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it has a relatively large number of listed buildings. As its name suggests, it is linear in form, stretching for almost a mile along the main road with spurs of development, principally on one side. Long Compton is known for its pretty thatched cottages, warm Cotswold stone walls, ancient church with an unusual lychgate, and above all for its glorious countryside.

The Village is well situated to visit local towns of historic and special interest, and also to enjoy walks in the beautiful countryside – local area, Macmillan Way, and Shakespeare Way.

Early History


Just outside Long Compton you can find the Rollright Stones, an ancient prehistoric megalithic monument consisting of three seperate sites: The King's Men, The King Stone and The Whispering Knights.

The Whispering Knights are the oldest and said to date back to around 4000 - 3500 BC and are the remains of the burial chamber of an early or middle Neolithic portal dolmen lying 400 metres east of the King's Men. Four standing stones survive, forming a chamber about 2 square metres in area around a fifth recumbent stone, probably the collapsed roof capstone.

Numerous folktales are associated with the stones.

It is said that a king with ambitions to conquer all of England had got as far as the Rollrights when up popped a witch. According to some accounts she was Mother Shipton of Shipton-under-Wychwood (c.1488-1551).

She challenged the King with these words -

“Seven long strides shalt thou take And if Long Compton thou canst see, King of England thou shalt be.”

Off went the King, shouting -

“Stick, stock, stone As King of England I shall be known.”

On his seventh stride the ground rose up before him in a long mound sometimes known as the Arch-Druid's barrow. The witch laughed and declared -

“As Long Compton thou canst not see King of England thou shalt not be. Rise up stick and stand still stone For King of England thou shalt be none; Thou and thy men hoar stones shall be And I myself an eldern tree.”

And so it was that the King became the King Stone, his men the King's Men Stone Circle, and his treacherous and conniving knights the Whispering Knights, although some say that the knights were actually at prayer. Tradition has it that one day the spell will be broken. The King and his men will return to life and continue with their conquest of England.

Long Compton

Chastleton House (3 Miles)*

Chastleton House is one of England's finest and most complete Jacobean houses. It is filled with a mixture of rare and everyday objects, furniture and textiles collected since its completion in 1612.

Cotswold Falconry Centre (6 Miles)*

Cotswold Falconry invites you to a spectacular demonstration with a large variety of birds of prey flying free. This gives a remarkable insight into the ancient art of falconry.

Batsford Arboretum (6 Miles)*

The earliest verifiable recorded history of Batsford Park, of which the Batsford Arboretum forms the central part, dates back to the Freeman family who owned the estate in the early part of the 17th Century.

Bourton House Garden (7 Miles)*

Unfortunately due to health reasons Bourton House Garden is no longer open to the general public, but should you wish to bring a group of 20 or more, please contact

Brook Cottage Garden (9 Miles)*

The 4-acre garden has been formed by an architect and a plantswoman since 1964 on the west facing slope of a valley. Originally the site comprised a paved courtyard surrounded on three sides by the 17th century Hornton stone house and barn.

Upton House & Gardens (9 Miles)*

Upton House is a late seventeenth century house, built of the mellow local stone, which was remodelled by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearstead, after his purchase of the property in 1927.

Broughton Castle (9 Miles)*

The home of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele, and owned by the same family for over 600 years.

Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection (10 Miles)*

Multi-award winning Motor Museum, for all ages, ideal for families.

Birdland (10 Miles)*

Birdland is set in woodland, river and gardens, this natural setting is inhabited by over 500 birds

Broadway Tower & Country Park (11 Miles)*

Why not combine the experience of English Heritage and spectacular panoramas with the wealth of other attractions for all the family and take a relaxing day out at Broadway Tower Country Park.

Cotswold Farm Park (12 Miles)*

The Cotswold Farm Park has over 50 breeding flocks and herds of our most fascinating British Breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses, poultry and waterfowl.

Rousham House & Gardens (12 Miles)*

Rousham's landscape garden should be a place of pilgrimage for students of the work of William Kent (1685-1748). Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design.

Oxfordshire Museum (13 Miles)*

Situated in the heart of the historic town of Woodstock, the award winning redevelopment of Fletcher's House provides a home for the new county museum.

Blenheim Palace (13 Miles)*

Blenheim Palace was built for the National Hero John 1st Duke of Marlborough and his Duchess Sarah, given by Queen Anne as a gift in reward for his military services.

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2 Sep 2014


"A great cottage with bags of character. A real break from the stresses of modern day life!"

A beautiful cottage with lots of character. Clean, tidy and well equipped with a super garden for the children to play in. The tyre swing was a big hit and kept the children occupied for hours. There … More

16 Aug 2014


"Wonderful short break"

Took 4 grandchildren for a short school holiday break . They loved the cottage and had a lovely time in the garden . Plenty of room and a range of DVD supplied . X thanks melody for happy children who… More

29 Jun 2014


"Fantastic Thatched Cottage"

Byeways was a delightful thatched collage. We had a wonderful time exploring the villages of The Cotswolds and can home to a lovely place to cook our meals and enjoy the summer evenings in the pretty … More

16 Jun 2014


"Idyllic chocolate box village..."

Loved our stay in Byeways - ideal location for pottering in villages, going for bike rides/walks (we did both). Loads of National Trust places nearby - highly recommend Hidcote Gardens. Fabulous dinne… More

10 Mar 2014


"A great escape & perfect City timeout"

The cottage is very well fitted out. It is decorated in a old, meets new way. And I have to say, that it's very well done! It's best described as very traditional building setup with all sorts of modern day conveniences. So for example you have gadgets (like capsule coffee machine), but you also get to use a traditional oven (though not difficult). There's enough space to fit 2 families (3 kids, and 4 adults) - The cottage give gives you plenty of space and time to completely disconnect from the city, and unwind. So, what we really enjoyed the most about our stay, was the outdoor play space, there is plenty of it. There is also off street parking, and a really nice outdoor's seating area to enjoy seated lunches & barbecues. There is 'YouView', and provided DVD's to entertain kids for those rainy days.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

10 Dec 2013


"Típica Atmosfera do Campo Inglês"

Já havia viajado para Londres mas conhecer o campo inglês é bem diferente. Procuramos uma casa típica com cobertura de palha para ir com minha família. Quando chegamos a propriedade era melhor do… More

22 Sep 2013


"Full of character, middle of the Cotswolds and dog friendly!"

We spent a lovely extended weekend at Byeways. I had my parents over from Brazil so I had tried to look for something traditional and full of character, and I have to say this place has it in abundance.
Very nice house, large rooms, beautifully decorated with quality furnishings and all the mod-coms. Even the aga oven took some time to get used to it, but it was a great chance to show it to my parents who had never seen one.
Its location is also very convenient. Long Compton has a village shop with everything you could need and a lovely dog-friendly pub (Red Lion), both walking distance from the cottage. There is the village of Whichford nearby with another great dog friendly pub. There are plenty of local walks around the village which is what we were after.
The only drawback was perhaps the difficulty of finding the cottage on arrival with so many other thatched roof cottages in the village and no number or names on the houses. It could do with some better explanations of how to find the property once you are in the village.
We would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet place full of character!

21 Aug 2013


"Lovely Cottage with Great Character"

Byeways was a great place to stay for my family and Bruno !. It is ideally situated to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon and surrounding areas.The property is maintained to a high standard and has a lovely ar… More

17 Aug 2013


"Absolutely Stunning cottage"

We stayed at Byeways cottage with my daughter and her family. The cottage is truly beautiful and the decor is designer standard but fits the cottage beautifully. The garden is worth the trip on its … More

15 Jul 2013


"A character house with modern touches and great outdoor space"

Byeways is a fantastic character house that has been modernised (tastefully) inside, with good sized bedrooms, a modern kitchen and high quality linen.

Given the great weather my daughter really enjoyed playing outside in the large garden area (which includes a tyre swing) and the bbq (which was in good condition) came in handy for meals.

Only downside was occasionally forgetting the low ceiling beams, but I would recommend it to friends and intend to stay there again.

Thank you for the lovely review, my husband has also bumped his head a few times, sorry about that.

best regards

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