The Dingle is perfectly situated within 450 acres of beautiful rolling countryside so it's an incredible location from which to enjoy and explore the Cotswolds. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and people who love to horse ride; there are many public footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways that criss-cross straight through the grounds and take guests to many locations both near and far, including the Cotswold Way and the Rollright Stones.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Hot Tub
- Travel Cot
- High Chair
- Bedding & towels
Gallery and Floor Plan
An enchanting nature-lover’s paradise in the heart of a working stud farm, ideal for families in search of a true home-away-from-home in the country.
Amidst the idyllic rolling valleys and lush woodland of the eastern Cotswolds’ AONB you’ll find The Dingle; a traditional farm cottage tucked away amidst 450 acres of beautiful farmland, just a stone’s throw from the famed market town of Chipping Norton. Lovingly converted by owner Marilyn with impressive attention to detail, this cosy hideaway is a true nature lover’s paradise, offering guests a warm and welcoming escape with little around to disturb the peace (aside from the friendly equine neighbours).
Spread mostly across one level, this country-chic cottage boasts traditional interiors with plenty of nods to the surrounding Cotswold landscape; picture exposed Cotswold stone walls, recycled oak beams (sourced directly from the Estate) and flagstone flooring throughout. A sizeable open-plan living and dining space, centred around a commanding fireplace, offers plenty of space in which to unwind, with a well-equipped kitchen and al-fresco dining area, complete with BBQ and smoker grill, making catering for groups as easy as pie. 7 spacious bedrooms, including a handy separate annex, sleep up to 14 comfortably; all configurable to suit sleeping arrangements. Guests of all ages will love exploring the farm and heading off on one of the many beautiful countryside walks available from the doorstep, before heading back to the cottage to unwind in the outdoor hot tub, fed by the farm’s own spring water source. Best of all, The Dingle is located in a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, making it the perfect getaway for stargazers.
The Living Space
Enter through the cottage’s traditional flagstone-tiled hallway and you’ll find the heart of the home: a vast, open-plan living space comprised of a well-equipped kitchen, no fewer than two dining spaces and a cosy living area with seating a-plenty. The quirky, country-style kitchen offers all you’ll need for a self-catered stay including a double oven, electric hob, microwave, dishwasher and American-style fridge freezer, with one-of-a-kind lava (yes, lava) worktops, deep Belfast sinks and tranquil garden views. Leading on from the kitchen are two separate dining tables each seating 10 – 12; close enough for joint dinners, yet far enough away to give multi-generational groups some space if things get too noisy. From there, the room opens-up into a spacious living area complete with sink-in sofas, TV and DVD player, plus French doors opening out directly onto the cottage’s panoramic garden. The true centrepiece of the living space comes in the form of a vast floor-to-ceiling fireplace; a real labour of love from owner Marilyn, who built it herself creatively using reclaimed Cotswold stone – rescued from Oxford Castle – and genuine Tudor brick. Eagle-eyed guests will love admiring the fireplace’s unique decoration, so be sure to keep eyes peeled for the Victorian carriage lamps, cast-iron pans and even the odd dinosaur head or two. Just off the living space also sits a cosy snug with French doors into the garden; a quiet, concealed corner to escape the hubbub and sit back with a good book (or enjoy an afternoon snooze).
The cottage also homes its own ‘Tudor Stable’: a conjoined annex area complete with living area, dining table, small but well-equipped kitchen complete with hob/oven and a petite bath and shower room. Perfect for grandparents, teens or private couples, the annex homes two bedrooms and private access to the garden, making it ideal for those in search of a little R&R away from the group. Shabby-chic in style, the annex’s exposed brick walls, colourful rugs and Cotswold-green stable doors offer a traditional farmhouse feel. Guests should keep eyes peeled for the subtle homage to one of the building’s most famous residents – a WWI work horse – whose bridle takes pride of place on the wall.
7 characterful bedrooms can be found across the cottage’s ground and first floors, each easily configurable to suit any number of sleeping arrangements:
Just down the hallway from the open-plan living area is bedroom one, a well-sized super-king room ideal for couples or friends bunking in together. Décor embodies country-chic, with flagstone flooring, white-washed walls and handmade curtains, whilst the sink-in super-king bed can easily be configured as a twin should you need. Just down the hallway from Bedroom 1 is the shared family bathroom, complete with spacious shower, traditional cast-iron bathtub and attractive Fired Earth tiles, with cleverly concealed fossils dating back thousands of years adorning the walls.
The master bedroom of the house, Bedroom 2 boasts plenty of space, glorious garden views and a handy en-suite shower room, perfect for couples wanting a little privacy. There’s a zip and link super-kingsize bed, configurable as a twin if needed, plus a large oak dressing table for morning preening. We love the subtle nods to exotic India in the décor of this room; be sure to spot the handmade silk curtain ties, colourful cupboard and bespoke mosaic glass window, hand-crafted by the owner.
Just next door from the master bedroom, Bedroom 3 is great for adults and children alike, housing a zip and link super-kingsize bed for changeable sleeping arrangements. With the same Cotswold country themed décor of the rest of the house, guests will find flagstone flooring and attractive oak furniture inside, with the shared family bathroom located just across the hall.
Great for younger guests or adults who don’t mind a bit of a squeeze, Bedroom 4 acts as a jack-and-jill space between the main house and its annex. With a comfortable day bed, the space can be transformed into a room for two thanks to an additional pull-out single. We love the quirky décor touches from the owner in here; keep eyes peeled for the original stable door and rescued oak curtain box, sourced from one of the farm’s many woodland areas.
Tucked away on the other side of the cottage through Bedroom 4 are two further rooms, configured within the cottage’s ‘Tudor Stable’ annex. Bedroom 5 sits within the annex’s living area and offers a double sofa bed, plus a TV, dining table and direct access to the kitchen, so is best used by younger guests or single travellers who don’t mind a little less privacy.
Bedroom 6 is the cottage’s romantic hideaway, tucked away on the other side of the annex’s living space. Traditional green barn doors make up one wall of the bedroom and flood the room with light, whilst the sink-in super-kingsize bed, configurable as a twin, offers a comfy resting spot for couples or friends who don’t mind getting close. The annex’s petite bathroom, complete with toilet, bath and full-height shower head, can also be found just along the hallway.
Ideal for mini adventurers or adults who don’t mind sharing, Bedroom 7 is found up a winding metal staircase in the cottage’s main living area. A converted attic space, guests have a small landing and triple bedroom with three single beds to make use of, plus a handy en-suite shower room and toilet. Bright skylights offer beautiful countryside views of the surrounding fields, plus the ideal vantage point to watch the farm’s own Connemara ponies grazing.
Fresh air and outdoor adventures aplenty await outside the cottage door thanks to its prime position smack bang in the middle of 450 acres of beautiful, rolling farmland. A wrap-around garden cocoons the cottage itself, more patio and pot-plants than lawn, with a spacious outdoor dining area complete with two dining tables, gas BBQ and smoker grill for some seriously tasty al fresco feasts. Tucked away down a rustic stone stairway just across the driveway sits a beautiful hidden garden: a verdant, green paradise perched alongside a babbling stream from which the cottage gets its name. Guests are more than welcome to explore the acres of farmland surrounding the property, too. Kids will love meeting the farm’s friendly horses and rare-breed sheep, with guided tours of the farm available with owner Marilyn by prior arrangement. With an almost unending landscape of vibrant, wooded valleys surrounding the farm and multiple public pathways criss-crossing the land, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to areas to stretch your legs, be it on foot, by bike or by horse. A true paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
Parking on Premises (for up to 4 cars)
Indoor Fireplace / Wood Burner
Utility Room (Washer/Dryer/Airer)
Outdoor Smoker Grill
Outdoor Dining Area
On-Site Horse Stabling Available
As with all rural hideaways, local amenities do involve a short drive. Wyatt’s Farm Shop – a short stroll over farmland from the cottage or a 2-minute drive- stocks fridge and store-cupboard essentials along with some great local produce. Sainsbury’s in Chipping Norton (10-minute drive) is the nearest supermarket where you’ll likely find everything you need for your stay, with a Stow-on-the-Wold (20-minute drive) offering further choice with a well-stocked Tesco and Marks and Spencer service station. We’d recommend a grocery delivery during your stay at the Dingle; Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all offer delivery to the door. If you’d prefer to leave the chore of cooking at home, takeaway-lovers are also well catered for in Chipping Norton with Indian, Italian and Chinese on offer.
Shakespeare’s Way – www.shakespearesway.org
The Oxfordshire Way – www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/oxfordshire-way
Cotswolds Walks- www.cotswolds.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-in-the-cotswolds
Wild Thyme Restaurant with Rooms – 10 New St, Chipping Norton OX7 5LJ / 01608 645060
The Fox – Chipping Norton OX7 5DD / 01608 638535
Winebear- West St, Chipping Norton OX7 5AA / 01608 646495
Red Lion – Main St, Long Compton, CV36 5JS / 01608 684221
The Tea Set – 24 High St, Chipping Norton OX7 5AD / 01608 642233
Wyatt’s Farm Shop – Hill Barn Farm, Chipping Norton, Great Rollright OX7 5SH / 01608 684835
Supermarkets / Groceries
Sainsbury’s – 12-14 Market Place, Chipping Norton OX7 5NA
Wyatt’s Farm Shop – Hill Barn Farm, Chipping Norton, Great Rollright OX7 5SH / 01608 684835
Tesco Superstore – Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BX
Marks and Spencer (Service Station) – Station Road, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1JU
Sainsbury’s – 12-14 Market Place, Chipping Norton OX7 5NA
Waitrose – 25 Market Square, Witney OX28 6AR
Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco home delivery available.
Excelsior Taxis Ltd – 01608 643721
Hasan Taxi’s – 07903 740131
Stow-on-the-Wold Taxi Service – 07887 714 047
Ambassador Taxis – 01608 644 015
Jay Taxis – 07554424793
Things to Do
The famed Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton is just a 10-minute drive away and the perfect place to head for a bite to eat. For an upmarket feast, we recommend heading to Wild Thyme on New Street, a Michelin-recommended gem run by husband and wife team Nick and Sally, serving up fresh, seasonal produce with a focus on local. The recently refurbished The Fox on Market Place offers honest pub grub in sleek surroundings, whilst wine-lovers should head to Winebear on West Street for a tipple; a wine merchant-come-wine bar, and a great spot for an early evening drink. For earlier diners, The Tea Set on the high street is the hottest new kid in town; a new-age Cotswold tea room and café with numerous awards already under its belt. Outside of Chipping Norton, the Red Lion at Long Compton is another Michelin Guide favourite and just a 4-minute drive from the cottage. A former coaching inn, this historic foodie haven serves up a seasonal menu of pub classics and more adventurous specials, plus there’s a great garden and play area for younger guests to enjoy. Nearby Wyatt’s Farm Shop also houses a traditional garden nursery café and is just a short stroll over farmland from the cottage.
The Dingle is a true walker’s paradise thanks to the multiple public footpaths that cross through the grounds. Spend your days exploring the incredible valleys, woodland and lakes which surround the farmland, keeping your eyes peeled for the Estate’s famous White Willow Trees, renowned for creating the best cricket bands in the country, and watercress beds dotted around the farmland. Shakespeare’s Way, a dedicated 146-mile walking route charting a path between Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon and his beloved Globe Theatre also passes through the grounds, making it this the ideal base for those wanting to follow it to nearby Chipping Norton (3 miles) or further afield. The old pilgrimage route to the ancient Rollright Stones, a prehistoric stone circle, also passes through the farm’s upper fields and is well worth a visit.
The Cotswolds’ many market towns and villages are on your doorstep here, so you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to must-visits thanks to the likes of nearby Burford, Witney, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. A visit to celeb-favourite Chipping Norton (10-minute drive) and its fantastic independent stores, eateries and farmer’s market (the third Saturday of every month) is a must; just be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the A-listers and former politicians who like to call the town home. Beer-lovers shouldn’t be without a day trip to Hook Norton Brewery in Banbury (10-minute drive) where you can see the brewing process at first hand with a brewery tour, whilst green-fingered guests may be interested in heading to Whichford Pottery (5-minute drive) to visit the home of the renowned flower pots. World famous Blenheim Palace is just a 20-minute drive from the cottage, offering a fantastic day out for guests of all ages, with a trip to Bicester Village Designer Outlet (40-minute drive) a sure-fire way to keep teens happy. Younger ones will love Chipping Norton’s Fairytale Farm and its exciting adventure playground, sensory attractions and friendly farm animals.
The Horse Farm
The Dingle is situated on a busy working stud farm, with owner Marilyn a world-renowned event trainer. By prior arrangement, guests are welcome to bring their horse(s) along with them to enjoy the many bridle paths that cross the farmland, with opportunities to take part in riding schools, training and group hacks also available at an additional cost.
Due to the cottage’s rural location, having a car here is definitely recommended, with plenty of parking available on-site and good access to the M40. Those travelling by train have the well-served Kingham train station as their nearest port of call just 15 minutes from the cottage; a 1 ½ hour direct route from London Paddington. Taxis are also available from the station with pre-booking recommended; Stow and Chipping Norton-based firms are the closest.
Dog Code of Conduct
BRINGING YOUR DOG TO OUR COTTAGES
At Bolthole Retreats we are proud to provide quality, luxury accommodation in our beautiful holiday cottages. We enjoy meeting the different needs of all our guests by offering a selection of both dog-free and dog-friendly holiday cottages. For this to work for everyone, we have a Dog Code of Conduct, which can be found below.
Our dog friendly cottages can be found on our Dog Friendly Cottages page. We are able to accommodate a maximum of two well-behaved dogs in each of our dog-friendly properties. Guests must let us know they are bringing their dog at the time of booking. We take a small charge of £25 per pet.
When booking, guests are required to accept our Terms & Conditions, including the Dogs Code of Conduct. This enables us to ensure we keep our cottages in excellent condition for all guests.
Dogs Code of Conduct:
- We ask that your dog be kept on the lead in the courtyard.
- The surrounding fields are often used for grazing sheep and lambs. Dogs must be kept on a lead when walking through the fields if they are occupied by livestock.
- We ask that you do not allow your dog on furniture or in bedrooms. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should there be evidence of dogs having been on beds or furniture.
- If you are part of a group booking, your dog must be kept to the dog-friendly cottage it was booked into. If you wish your dog to go in and out of other cottages included in your booking, the £25 pet fee must be paid for those cottages too. This of course will mean ensuring the other cottages in your booking are also dog-friendly.
- Dogs must be booked and paid for in advance. Any dogs arriving without prior arrangement will need to be accommodated elsewhere at your own cost.
- Dogs are not allowed to be left unattended in any cottage unless they are happy to rest in their own cage brought from home and are unlikely to bark and disturb other guests. A list of walks, as well as dog-friendly pubs, is provided to help you plan a dog-friendly day out.
- We regret that dogs known to bark excessively are not permitted.
- Please wash off muddy dogs before entering the cottage; guest towels must not be used on dogs.
- Please clean up after your dog, including whilst in the cottage gardens, courtyards and the surrounding fields. Dog waste must be binned using appropriate bags.
- Any damage caused by dogs to furniture, carpets, bed linen etc. will incur a commensurate replacement or cleaning fee.
- Please obey the Countryside Code whilst enjoying the area with your dog. Keep your dog under close control at all times for their own safety as well as the comfort of others.
- Upon departure, please leave the cottage as you would wish to find it. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should excessive cleaning be required following your departure.