Built in 1937, Church Cottage is a beautifully preserved Cotswold home, with original features that seamlessly blend with contemporary comforts. The cottage sleeps 6 guests across 3 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms, and an additional downstairs WC. Located in the heart of beautiful Burford, Church Cottage has layers of history, curiosities and unique craftsmanship, including a wood-burning stove, to delight guests. The cottage has a large, secluded garden and a sunny Rose Terrace, plus off-road parking for one car, with additional street parking nearby.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Sky TV
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x 1 in driveway. Also free parking on Lawrence Lane
- Travel Cot - Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
Updated 14 Jan 2020
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As you enter Lawrence Lane from the main High Street of Burford, the first thing you will notice is the magnificent 1000-year-old Church of St John the Baptist that stands proudly in its beautiful large churchyard next to Church Cottage. Church Cottage’s charming exterior is framed by the delicate dove-grey window frames, manicured shrub border and distinctive red door. Those with a keen eye may even recognise this view – in 1948, the famous English artist L.S. Lowry painted Burford Church in oils from the entrance of Lawrence Lane off the High Street, and Church Cottage can clearly be seen. Postcards of the painting are available in the Church – you will see that the cottage looks rather different today, yet it remains a source of great beauty and inspiration alongside the impressive architecture and grand spire of its neighbour.
Once parked on the gravel drive, open the grey-painted wooden door into the enclosed and delightful walled garden, a space that offers not only total privacy for guests, but also security for children. The garden is also home to a few clues that help illustrate the history of Church Cottage. If you look closely at the flower borders and the step to the far right of the property, you may notice some unusual pieces of ancient carved stone; these were dug up from the garden, confirming the theory that the cottage is built on the site of the masonry workshop used during the building of Burford Church in the Middle Ages.
Step inside through the red front door, and you will immediately begin to understand what Church Cottage is about – conservation and authenticity. As you start to explore the interior of this lovely home you will notice the painstaking details that the owners, Robin and Clare, have worked on over the years to honour and preserve the history and style of the cottage. As well as thoughtful touches, the cottage is full of artistic and historic interest, from Art-Deco ceramics to original works of art, and from Clare’s fascinating vintage tin collection to original ironmongery, light switches and painted floorboards. The owners’ commitment to preserving not only the past but also the future of Church Cottage is evident through the subtle environment-conscious improvements that have been made, such as a thermally efficient cooker, wood-burning stove, high levels of insulation throughout the property and locally crafted and sourced furnishings.
It’s not hard to want to fill your home with locally produced items when you live in a Cotswold town like Burford. Church Cottage is just a few paces away from the historic High Street, where you will find artisan boutiques, cafés serving delicious snacks and meals, and interesting pubs. Walk to the top of the High Street and look back down the hill to enjoy one of the most exquisite views in the Cotswolds – and perhaps the finest ‘streetscape’ in England!
- Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, 2 doubles and one twin room
- Bathrooms: 1 ensuite shower room, 1 family bathroom with bath, one downstairs WC
- Private parking for 1 car and free parking in Lawrence Lane
- Central heating
- Private enclosed walled garden – safe for children
- Sunny terrace with outdoor dining facilities for 6
- 2 outdoor power outlets
- Smart TV and DVD player in sitting room
- Bluetooth ‘Wonderboom’ speaker for indoor and outdoor use
- Child and baby friendly
- Original 1930s fireplace with ‘Clearview’ wood-burning stove
- Starter logs using sustainably sourced wood provided
- Hairdryer in every bedroom
- ‘Everhot’ Range cooker with hot plate, simmer plate, hot oven and warming oven
- Microwave oven
- Larder fridge
- Nespresso coffee machine (starter pack of 10 Nespresso ‘Vivalto Lungo’ capsules).
- Washing machine and selection of sustainable drying facilities
- All bed linen and bath towels, incl. tea towels, provided
- 1 highchair
- 1 travel cot (NB linen for travel cot not supplied. Please bring your own.)
- 1 changing mat, small bathroom step and stairgate
- Covered outside smoking area
- Outdoor lockable storage shed for bins
- Garden furniture – various chairs and benches
- Many pubs within walking distance
- Car not essential but recommended if wanting to explore further afield
- Around 90 minutes from London and Birmingham – nearest train station is Charlbury
Entrance Hall and downstairs WC
Step through the red front door into the entrance hall, a compact space, but with plenty of room for coats, umbrellas, boots and shoes. Above is a Victorian clothes-drying rack, operated on a pulley system, with the rope wound around the hook on the wall – providing an efficient and environmentally friendly way to dry clothes. Open the door to your left and you will find the downstairs WC and washbasin, situated in the old ‘privy’.
Take one step up through to the:
The well-equipped kitchen is a light and airy space filled with beautiful original features, such as the tiled flooring and half-size Belfast sink. The super-efficient ‘Everhot’ range cooker will be warm and ready to use and is fantastic for baking and drying alike! The row of cream cupboards opposite the cooker cleverly hides a separate fridge and freezer, individual bins, washing machine and dishwasher. The tall cupboard next to the door to the sitting room contains the microwave, and a full range of plates, glasses and cooking equipment.
Before moving on into the sitting room, take a moment to study Clare’s collection of vintage tins in the glass fronted cabinet. With some tins dating from the early 1900s, this unique collection is the culmination of a lifelong hobby for Clare. Which one is your favourite?
Through to the:
A wonderfully cosy living space, this room is the heart of the cottage, with original painted wooden floorboards and beams, cheerful floral curtains, warm bright furniture including two armchairs a three-seater sofa. An inviting wood-burning stove sits proudly in the original brick fireplace, framed by oak bookcases handmade in Witney containing a selection of novels, reference and guide books. The perfect place to curl up next to the fire with a book in hand or snuggle down to watch the new ‘Smart’ television, located in the antique pine corner cupboard, along with a DVD player, Bluetooth speaker and a selection of games and puzzles. The room is very well lit, with subtle spotlights adding a touch of modernity while ensuring that the cottage never feels dark. (TV and DVD player instructions are in the ‘Owners’ Notes’.) French windows in the Sitting Room lead to the garden.
Head through to the Dining Room via the cottage’s original front door:
The first thing that may strike you about this room is its spaciousness; for a compact cottage, this generously sized dining area provides plenty of space for entertaining. This is the newer part of the house, added in 2002, though it blends in seamlessly with the original style of the cottage. A fresh, light room with shelves displaying more gorgeous ceramics and original paintings, and of course, the centre piece of the room, a large dining table with ample room and seating for six. In the far-left corner you will notice a piece of furniture from a bygone era, a lovely antique headteacher’s desk. If you fancy some al fresco dining, the French windows take you directly out onto the sheltered Rose Terrace, with its truly stunning view of the magnificent west end of Burford Church.
Head back into the Sitting Room to the left-hand corner where a door opens to traditional cottage stairs leading up to the bedrooms and bathrooms:
Once you are at the top of the stairs – take care as they are quite steep – you will reach the landing where you will find a wide wooden worktop that stretches the length of the landing. On top of the worktop there is a travel cot, baby changing mat and a little step that may be useful for teeth-brushing!
Through the door on the right at the top of the stairs to the:
A bright and compact bathroom, with a gorgeous, original 1930’s bathtub with attached shower hose, W.C. and wash basin. Please note: the shower fitting is not suitable for use as a stand-up shower but is fine for sitting/in-bath use and hair washing.
Enter the next door opposite the stairs into the:
Double Bedroom (Bedroom 3)
With its soft, pastel-coloured walls and furnishings and comfortable ‘Queen-size’ double bed, it’s hard not to feel cosy in this charming bedroom with its sloping ceiling. There’s also plenty of space and storage, with two bedside tables with drawers, a chair, a lovely vintage pine chest of drawers, and a small hanging cupboard inside the door on the left-hand side next to the bed. This bedroom has a lovely view over the gardens and rooftops of old Burford.
Further along the landing on the right and into the:
Twin Bedroom (Bedroom 2)
Set up as a children’s bedroom, this charming room is sure to enchant all ages. Two comfortable single beds line either side of the room, with a large vintage pine chest of drawers between the beds. Above the chest of drawers hangs a captivating illustration of a rabbit family guaranteed to delight young guests, while the quaint little fireplace (not working) and patchwork curtains all add to the appeal of this cheerful twin room.
On to the end of the passage and into the:
Master Bedroom with En Suite (Bedroom 1)
Complete with two 1940’s chests of drawers, bedside tables and modern radio – the master bedroom is full of thoughtful touches. Lie back on the king-size bed and look to the ceiling: you’ll notice the lucky horseshoe fixed up above you, this came from the original front door of the cottage!
The ensuite shower room has a walk-in shower, WC, wash basin and adorable little cubby holes for storage.
This room has a fabulous view of the church and the cottage’s Rose Terrace below. The elegant converted gas streetlamp just outside the entrance to the churchyard adds a romantic glow to the Rose Terrace at night, and if you leave your windows open on a summer evening you will enjoy the scent of the roses in the bedroom!
The garden of Church Cottage will take you completely by surprise. You will notice hints of what’s to come through the garden gate in the pretty raised border in the parking area. As well as providing complete privacy from Lawrence Lane and public view it is also totally secure garden, making it a wonderful place for children to play. As the cottage is south facing, the garden really benefits from the summer sun. It has fantastic views of the Church, and the most beautiful blooms of flowers along the long high stone wall during the spring and summer months. Plenty of outdoor seating is provided, including two benches, two chairs and a table, and a further bench tucked under an arch covered with clematis and roses.
Please note: The ‘garden house’ at the near end of the garden is locked and not for guests’ use. However, guests are welcome to use the veranda and the chairs. If you smoke, then this is a good covered smoking area – with a perfect view of the Church.
At the end of the house closest to the Church, you will find the walled, sheltered and sunny Rose Terrace, accessed from the dining room or the side gate in the garden. This beautiful paved space is a real sun trap, and wonderful for al fresco dining, with an outdoor dining table that seats six, as well as a bench. Relax in this private paradise as you sit amongst the flourishing roses, ancient holly tree, and an apple tree that is probably older than the cottage itself! (Make the most of the sun in this area by using the retractable washing line fixed next to the door from the garden to dry your laundry!)
Shed in parking area
Opposite the red front door, you will see a small lockable shed. This is where the outdoor bins are kept. It also has some hooks – great for suitcase storage – and it is a good place for deliveries to be left. The key to the shed hangs on the overhead hooks in the kitchen entrance.
Although tucked away on peaceful Lawrence Lane, Church Cottage is the perfect location for exploring Burford and the wider Cotswolds. In just a few paces from the cottage you will find yourself at the bottom of the famous High Street of Burford, perfect for exploring everything that this stunning mediaeval market town has to offer. The excellent Co-Operative mini-market is a three-minute walk from the cottage and stocks all immediate shopping requirements, with a great wine selection. (Open 7am – 10pm every day of the week.)
Burford has some great cafés! If you turn left out of Church Cottage and head towards the Church, you will discover the newly built Warwick Hall and café, ideal for a morning coffee and snacks. Another good spot for a reviving cup of coffee or tea is Lynwoods on the High Street, where you can also buy delicious local artisan-made sourdough bread. If you walk towards the main car park from Church Cottage you will cross the mill-race connecting to the charming River Windrush that meanders through the Cotswolds, a lovely spot to feed the ducks and swans!
Burford used to be a major coaching town between London and the West Country and was home to 35 coaching inns! The town still retains 12 pubs, all within walking distance of the cottage, of which the owners’ favourites are The Angel, a very good gastropub, and The Highway. There’s also a great variety of specialist shops to explore and the fascinating Tolsey Museum.
If you fancy exploring a bit further afield, Witney is an easy 10-mile drive east towards Oxford, and has a great array of high street shops, larger supermarkets, such as M&S, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, eateries and a modern cinema complex. Around 10 miles away is the renowned Daylesford Organic Farm in Kingham, a farm complex that offers a farm shop, restaurant, spa as well as other activities such as farm tours and cooking courses. For further information about local amenities, see the Burford Guidebook (tab above) and the ‘Owners’ Notes’ at the cottage.
Burford is home to a vast selection of cafés, restaurants and pubs, each with their own individual character and menus to suit all tastes. Travel a little further afield, and you will also discover a fantastic selection of unique eateries, – the Cotswolds really is a foodie’s paradise!
Enduring craft bakery and simple, beamed tea room, perfect for myriad blends, a refreshing cup of coffee and delicious cakes.
Honeycott’s Shake & Snack Café
With hundreds of ingredients, toppings and mixtures – this is a shake and snack stop that’s not to be missed!
Lynwood & Co Café
The Lynwood & Co name has been a staple of Australian artisan preserves and chutneys for more than 20 years. Bringing a taste of Australia to the Cotswolds, Lynwood serves freshly ground coffee and fantastic artisan bread.
The Angel at Burford
The Angel at Burford has been run by The King family since 2011 and is loved by both visitors and locals for its blend of Cotswold charm, delicious food and drink and a warm, friendly welcome. They are proud winners of ‘Cotswold Pub of the Year’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017, making it a must-stop spot in the town.
The Bull at Burford
Reputed to offer the best food in Burford, guests can enjoy lunch or dinner from the brasserie menu in the restaurant, bar or lounge areas.
Spice Lounge Burford
This is a fantastic Indian restaurant in the heart of Burford. The emphasis is on organic and creative dishes. Ethnic recipes are used to provide a diverse, unusual menu, while focusing on healthy eating.
A little further afield…
The Wild Rabbit at Kingham
The Wild Rabbit is part of the Daylesford estate. Offering a mouth-watering selection of dishes working with British farmers and artisan producers. The award-winning kitchen uses the finest seasonal ingredients to create dishes that celebrate traditional British cooking with a contemporary twist.
The Upton Firehouse
Located just outside Burford in the rolling Cotswold countryside, The Upton Firehouse is a different take on informal dining. Truly unique. Using their own smoked meats and cooking them over the feature huge indoor BBQ is a sight to be seen!
Lords of the Manor
An established culinary destination and a much sought-after fine dining Cotswolds restaurant, combining excellent service and decadent dishes to deliver a truly special dining experience. Listed in the Sunday Times’ Top 100 restaurants in Britain, and named as one of the Top 20 Most Romantic Dining Rooms by The Times and consistently recognised by the Good Food Guide, you truly don’t want to miss out on experiencing this restaurant!
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The post code for the property for sat nav purposes is OX18 4RP
From the east, south and west: At the roundabout at the intersection of the A40 (from Oxford to the east or Cheltenham to the west) and the A361 (from Lechlade to the south), turn north into Burford and continue down the High Street. Go through the pedestrian crossing traffic lights and take the second right hand turn into Lawrence Lane (if you reach the bridge over the river you have missed Lawrence Lane). Church Cottage is the last house on the left, before the church.
From the north: Coming from Stow-on-the-Wold or Chipping Norton, go across the bridge over the River Windrush and take the first left turn into Lawrence Lane.
You will see a pair of open wooden gates from Lawrence Lane into Church Cottage and you can park inside these gates. Once inside these gates you will see the welcoming Red Door into the house.
The nearest train station is Charlbury, about a 15-minute drive in the direction of Chipping Norton. There is a bus service from Burford to Witney and Oxford – details are available from the Burford Tourist Information Office.
Church Cottage has a private parking area with ample space for one car. Lawrence Lane is a quiet cul-de-sac, with only pedestrian traffic going through to the Church at the end of the lane. There is usually free parking available on Lawrence Lane, just do not park on the double yellow lines! There’s also a free car park which is situated just behind the Church, clearly sign posted and accessed from Church Lane, the next lane up the High Street from Lawrence Lane if approaching from the north, or the first lane before Lawrence Lane if approaching from the south. It is only a short walk through the Churchyard to the cottage.