Brown’s Cottage, in the historic Cotswold village of Charlbury, is a 3-story, 3-bedroom (sleeps 5), 2-bathroom luxury townhouse, with an enclosed, private patio for outdoor dining and relaxation. The cottage’s 17th century features - oak doors, inglenook fireplace, internal exposed stone walls and oak beams - have been lovingly restored and perfectly compliment the modern amenities and beautiful palette of natural colours and textures. Charlbury, is a lively market town with great pubs, independent shops, a deli, a local history museum and fantastic walking from the front door through the beautiful Evenlode Valley.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - Free street parking
- Bedding & towels
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Brown’s Cottage is a handsome, 17th Century, three-story, terraced Cotswold stone townhouse that sits on Brown’s Lane, a quiet road running down to the centre of the small market town of Charlbury. To the rear is a short path leading to a tall garden gate, through which is the cottage’s secluded patio.
Conveniently located just a minute’s walk from the centre of the village and ten minutes’ walk from Charlbury train station (built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1853), the cottage is on a residential road, with a small leafy park to one side, free on-street parking, and a well-stocked food store across the road.
Step through the front door and you’ll instantly feel the warmth, history and style of the cottage. The owners have perfectly blended the gorgeous interior design, luxury furnishings and amenities with the cottage’s historic features. Guests will instantly notice the nod to the owner’s travels, with beautiful and interesting objet d’art throughout the cottage from the African continent. A spacious living room greets you, with the original inglenook fireplace and comfy armchairs to one end and a sofa and smart TV to the other. Head through into the delightful light and bright kitchen and dining area, with French doors to the patio. Upstairs are two spacious, king-size bedrooms, one ensuite, a single room and a luxury shower room.
Charlbury is a small but lively and vibrant market town that has escaped the hordes of Cotswold tourists, making it a justifiable member of the ‘Undiscovered Cotswold Club’, yet it is only an hour from London and just 15 minutes’ drive from Soho Farmhouse. The town is full of historic 17th– and 18th-century buildings, has great pubs, independent shops, a local history museum and is in a beautiful setting on the meandering River Evenlode, with fabulous walks in every direction, including around the Charlbury Circular Route and along The Oxfordshire Way and The Cotswold Way.
- Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms across 2 king-size double bedrooms and 1 single bedroom
- 2 luxury bathrooms: 1 en-suite bathroom, 1 family shower room
- Parking – free on-street parking
- Private enclosed patio
- Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for 2 fires.
- Luxury bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x1
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, sugar, fresh milk, spices, oils, salt, and pepper.
- Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel
- Hot water and heating with individual thermostat controls
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – 38” Smart TV
- Bluetooth sound system
- Games and books
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (stick blender, grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
- Oven/hob – Neff single oven and 4-ring gas hob
- Microwave (in utility room)
- Fridge-Freezer (in utility room)
- Washing machine (in utility room)
- Dryer (in utility room)
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer (in utility room)
- Vacuum cleaner (in utility room)
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 5
- BBQ – Weber charcoal – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Step through the front door from Brown’s Lane into the welcoming Living Room. (A thick curtain is thoughtfully provided to draw across the front door on winter evenings.)
The Living Room
You will be immediately struck by the spacious yet cosy feel of this beautifully stylish room, with its exposed Cotswold stone wall at both ends and exposed timbers running the length of the room. To one end is the original inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove and two large armchairs, perfectly positioned to curl up by the fire and relax or read, while to the other end is a three-seater sofa, coffee table and custom-built dresser housing the smart TV, extra drinks glasses and lots of novels and travel books. The Living Room has sisal flooring, perfectly blending with the tone of the fabrics and Cotswold stone, which continues upstairs to the bedrooms.
The Kitchen-Dining Area
From the Living Room pass through an oak door into the delightful Kitchen-Dining Area. The kitchen is fully equipped to serve every need for cooks and chefs staying at Browns, from the Blanco stone sink to the Smeg appliances and Neff oven. The polished stone floor is softened with a large seagrass mat, while plenty of wall and ceiling lighting make the white stone kitchen surfaces a light and bright cooking space.
Beside the kitchen is the dining area set in a gorgeous bright and light extension with a lantern roof and a huge wicker lampshade, making this a fantastic space for entertaining and dining. An antique, rectangular table comfortably seats five guests on three chairs and a bench seat running along the window, looking out to the patio. (Outdoor cushions can be found under the bench.) An attractive upcycled antique sideboard houses serving plates, bowls, jugs and tableware.
At the far end of the Kitchen-Dining Area is a sliding oak door behind which is an Aladdin’s Cave of appliances and household items, including the microwave, washing machine, dryer, ironing board, iron, clothes airer, and a large stone sink. A large window looks out from the Utility Room to the patio.
To one side of the Kitchen at the foot of the stairs, with the French windows opening to the patio, is a lovely space furnished with a beautiful antique desk and captain’s chair and reading lamp. It’s the perfect place to work or plan the day’s activities and leave maps, and books, and charge up personal devices.
Wooden stairs with a runner and bannister lead up to three bedrooms and the family shower room:
Bedroom 1 – Attic Master Bedroom
At the top of the house (up two floors, in the converted attic), is the master bedroom with a king-size bed and ensuite bathroom. The sloping ceiling of this bedroom, with the black-iron, Victorian-style bedframe and sisal carpet creates the feeling of being on a luxury safari. The dual aspect views, to the front over the rooftops and to the rear over the patio, makes this is a light and bright bedroom. Furnished with bedside tables, reading lamps an antique dressing table, Lloyd Loom chair and a hanging rail, with a high windowsill adorned with beautiful decorative ornaments but leaving plenty of space for personal items too.
To one end of the master bedroom, through a latched oak door, is the bathroom with full-size bath with hand shower, Burlington wash basin with mirror and lights, W.C., heated towel rail and a Velux window perfectly positioned so guests can relax in the bath and gaze up at the stars.
Head back down the stairs to:
The second double room is spacious, bright and light and features a king-size double bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, an exposed Cotswold stone wall and two window seats, overlooking Brown’s Lane. To one end is a lovely seating area with an antique dressing table, chair and lamp, double wardrobe and a wicker armchair – a delightfully relaxing place to retreat to for a snooze or read.
This single bedroom is furnished with a full-size, slightly raised, single bed, with a reading light and storage underneath, while a chest of drawers and hooks are provided to store and hang clothing. (The cupboard houses the boiler.) Note: bedroom 3 is a small room (3m x 1.69m), so my not be comfortable for tall or larger guests.
Immediately opposite the top of the first flight of stairs is the luxury shower room, featuring beautiful floor tiling, a large walk-in shower with overhead rain shower, two Burlington wash basins with mirrors, a heated towel rail and a small armchair.
Step out through the French doors in the Kitchen-Study area to a delightful courtyard-patio that’s a real suntrap when the sun shines. This is a completely private and secluded space with a bistro table and chairs and a bench seat that faces towards the kitchen – the perfect place to perch, with the French doors open, and chat to the cook busily working in the kitchen. A Weber charcoal BBQ is provided for guests’ use. (The cushions for the outside seating are under the bench seat in the Kitchen-Dining Area.) A back gate, with a latch on the inside only, leads from the courtyard patio to Pooles Lane and the adjacent park.
Food & Drink Shops
- Charlbury Deli & Café: Cafe serving morning coffees, light breakfast, and lunches and afternoon tea – and rumoured to be the best coffee in the Cotswolds. Deli serving Lynne’s home-made cakes, Mark’s Cotswold Bakery, charcuterie, cheeses, locally made savoury pies, Cornbury venison and more.
- Coop – Food Store: 1 Enstone Road
- Five Ways Londis: Sturt Road, OX7 3SX
Local Pubs & Restaurants
The Bull Inn
Walk down the road from Brown’s Cottage to visit the wonderful Bull Inn. The Bull is a place where you can instantly relax into the homely unpretentious atmosphere, with great service, an excellent range of drinks at the bar plus local, delicious food on the menu.
The Old Shed
For a spot of lunch or afternoon tea, The Old Shed Inn at Banbury Hill Farm is a must-visit during your stay. Set in the beautiful Evenload Valley you can soak up the scenery, whatever the season whilst enjoying wonderful local freshly cooked food. And if you are too full for dessert, take away some of their gorgeous home make cakes to enjoy back at Brown’s Cottage.
The Rose and Crown
150 metres from Browns is The Rose and Crown, a traditional pub with the emphasis on real ale – along with traditional cider and perry, quality Belgian and foreign beers, good value wines and old English fruit wines. One-time Pub of Year for the whole of Oxfordshire!
Country pubs and restaurants within a 15-minute drive
The following is a list of delightful, country pubs and restaurants, which are the owners’ personal family favourites and all within a 15-minute drive of Brown’s Cottage:
- The Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote
- The Kingham Plough, Kingham
- The Five Alls, Filkins
- The Wild Rabbit, Kingham
- The Hare, Milton-under-Wychwood
- The Falkland Arms, Great Tew
- The Plough Inn, Finstock
- The Swan, Ascott-under-Wychwood
- The Chequers, Churchill
- The Swan Inn – Swinbrook
Charlbury is in the beautiful Evenlode Valley, surrounded by glorious Cotswold countryside. To the south west is the remainder of the ancient Wychwood Forest, part of which now makes up the estate of Cornbury Park. A public footpath skirts past the Park, giving walkers a glimpse of the parkland and herds of deer and other wildlife. Or walk eastwards from Charlbury, along bridleways running alongside the Evenlode river to Ditchley Park mansion. Walkers can also join the meandering Oxfordshire Way, which also passes through Charlbury town or follow the Finstock & Evenlode Walk – a fabulous 5-mile loop that starts from the centre of the town, with a pub about halfway round in Finstock. See www.charlbury.info/walking for this route and others.
Country lanes, traffic-free tracks and beautiful scenery make Charlbury an ideal location for a cycling holiday, with great out-and-back and loop rides starting from the town. With hourly express trains from London Paddington, Reading and Oxford, there’s no need to bring the car. See www.charlbury.info/cycling for routes ideas.
Please note, bicycles can be stored on the cottage’s patio, accessed via the garden gate. (Please do not bring bikes through the house.) However, please bring your own cover to protect from rain as this is not provided.
Nearby Places to Visit
The Charlbury Museum is a delightful small museum, full of local interest, in five rooms of exhibits, you can learn about the heritage of the Charlbury area. Learn about old inn signs, tools used by a local watchmaker, farming equipment, even a blacksmith’s forge and there is a large archive of old photos and genealogical records.
Heythrop Zoological Gardens is one of the Cotswolds best kept secrets. Unlike other zoological gardens, Heythrop is designed to inspire people to develop a deeper connection with animals. Set in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, it provides an unforgettable, immersive experiences that educate about animal behaviour, handling and training.
Woodstock and Blenheim Palace are a 15-minute drive from Charlbury. Besides being a traditional, large market town, with its own interesting history, there is the wonderful nearby Blenheim Palace to visit and Winston Churchill’s grave at Bladon.
Charlbury Railway Station: The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway opened the line through Charlbury in 1853. The company employed Isambard Kingdom Brunel as its engineer and one of his standard ‘chalet-type’ stations was used at Charlbury. The station, now a Grade II Listed Building, retains much of its original general appearance.
Charlbury is known for a few festivals of its own and is ideally located for visiting some bigger festivals in neighbouring villages and towns:
- The annual Charlbury Beer Festival (second week in July)
- Charlbury Riverside Music Festival (early July)
- Charlbury Street Fair (mid-September)
- Cornbury Music Festival set in Cornbury Park at Great Tew (early July)
- The Wilderness Festival set in Cornbury Park at Great Tew (late July)
- Blenheim Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace (mid-June)
You will find local interest brochures and maps at the cottage, providing plenty of inspiration for places to visit and things to do.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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A car is not essential for your visit, as Charlbury train station is just a 10-minute walk from the cottage. However, if you are keen to explore the wider Cotswolds, a car is recommended.
From the M40 south, leave at junction 8, follow the A40 around the north of Oxford, then take the A44 (signposted Evesham, Stratford, Woodstock). After Woodstock, turn left on the B4437.
From the M40 north, leave at junction 15 (Warwick), follow the A429 south to Halford, then turn south on the A3400. Continue through Shipston and Long Compton; after it becomes the A44, turn right on the B4022 at Enstone.
From the west, take the A40 from Gloucester and Cheltenham; turn north at Burford on the A361; then after Fulbrook, turn right on the B4437.
Once in Charlbury, head down Enstone Road with the Cooperative food store (Coop) on your right-hand side. Directly after the Coop, Enstone Road becomes Brown’s Lane. To park, either take the first left after the Coop into Pooles Lane and park anywhere around the small green or park on Brown’s Lane. (Note: Brown’s Lane is a one-way road, so if you do not find parking on the lane you will need to loop back round the village to Enstone Road/Pooles Lane.)
Charlbury has an excellent train service runs on a generally hourly basis to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington, and in the other direction to Worcester and Great Malvern. Travel time is about 1hr20 from London and 20mins from Oxford.
- Witney Shuttle Airport Transfers (Heathrow to Charlbury): 01993 705993
- Blenheim Taxis: 07773 000 444
To park, either take the first left after the Coop into Pooles Lane and park anywhere around the small green or park on Brown’s Lane. Please do not park in the parking bay in the cul de sac behind Brown’s Cottage. This area is strictly for the use of residents of the nearby retirement village (Note: Brown’s Lane is a one-way road, so if you do not find parking on the lane you will need to loop back round the village to Enstone Road/Pooles Lane.)