Built in 1937, Church Cottage is located in the heart of lovely Burford. With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an additional downstairs WC, the cottage sleeps 6 guests comfortably. Guests can be sure to experience an immediate sense of warmth and welcome upon arrival at this beautiful cottage, making it your perfect home-away-from-home in the Cotswolds!
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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 4 Jun 2019
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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. Take a moment to absorb the tranquillity of this scene. To the left sits Church Cottage. If you arrive on a sunny day, you will immediately see that the cottage is south-facing and not overlooked, and the warm sun illuminates the rich natural glow of the Cotswold stone. 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 – unsurprisingly it has inspired the artistic sensibilities of visitors from past generations. 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 on the left (see below). 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, you may open the grey-painted wooden door into the completely enclosed and utterly 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 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 Robin and Clare have worked on over the years to honour and preserve the history and style of the cottage, as well as the incredibly thoughtful touches added along the way – it really is all in the detail! Do not be alarmed by the seeming lack of modern appliances – they are all here! The functional reminders of modern-day life have been skilfully concealed, allowing your eyes to appreciate the host of treasures that line the walls, from Art-Deco ceramics, to original works of art and most intriguingly, Clare’s fascinating vintage tin collection. Original features such as the ironmongery, light switches and painted floorboards are harmoniously complemented by modern pops of colour, thanks to Robin and Clare’s creative flair, an architect and graphic designer, respectively. Their commitment to preserving not only the past, but also the future, of Church Cottage is proudly displayed 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, delicious cafés, 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
- 1 shower room, 1 bathroom and one additional downstairs WC
- Private parking for 1 car and free parking in Lawrence Lane
- Central heating
- Private enclosed walled garden – safe for children
- Sunny Rose Terrace with outdoor dining facilities for 6
- 2 Outdoor power outlets
- Smart TV and DVD player in sitting room
- Bluetooth 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 high chair
- 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
Once you have driven through the open wooden gates and parked your car in front of the clematis-laced fencing, you may enter Church Cottage through its vibrant Red Door. Use the key box next to the door to gain access to your Cotswold home. Step inside to find yourself in the hook-lined entrance hall, compact, but with plenty of room for coats, umbrellas, boots and shoes. Look above you, you will find the suspended Victorian clothes drying rack. This is operated on a pulley system, note the rope wound around the hook on the wall. Situated opposite the range cooker in the kitchen, this elevated rack is a fantastic and efficient way of drying clothes. Open the door to your left and you will find the downstairs WC and washbasin, authentically situated in the old ‘privy’.
Step right through to the …
Step up into the stylish and well-equipped kitchen, a light and airy space filled with beautiful original features, such as the tiled flooring and half-size Belfast sink. Before you venture too much further, first take a look to your left and notice the framed vintage advertisement for ‘Daz’. This was taken from Clare’s grandmother’s edition of Queen magazine! Next to this you will find an unlocked cupboard on the left containing non-harmful and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, as well as an ironing board, iron and additional clothes airer. The boiler is also located inside this cupboard. Immediately in front of you is the super-efficient ‘Everhot’ range cooker that will warm and ready to use – fantastic for baking and drying alike! The row of cream cupboards opposite the Cooker contains a separate fridge and freezer, individual bins, washing machine and dish washer. The tall cupboard next to the door to the sitting room contains the microwave, and a full range of plates, glasses and cooking equipment. On the wooden kitchen counter next to the sink you will find tea and shortbread waiting for your arrival, Robin and Clare have really done their utmost to make you feel welcome. You will find that they have also supplied you with starter packs for all the appliances, including the washing machine, dishwasher, and even a pack of 10 ‘Vivalto Lungo’ pods for the Nespresso coffee machine – perfect for tall white or short black coffees!
Before moving on into the sitting room, take a moment to study Clare’s collection of vintage tins in the glass fronted cabinet. Switch on the cabinet lights to really appreciate the eclectic kaleidoscope of colours. 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?
Note – Can you spot King Edward VIII’s ‘Abdication’ mug? This Coronation Mug was issued in 1937 (the year Church Cottage was built) but Edward abdicated so the Coronation was cancelled, and the ‘Abdication’ mug became a collector’s item!
Through to the…
A wonderfully cosy living space, this room is really the heart of the cottage, with original painted wooden floorboards and beams, cheerful floral curtains, warm bright furniture including two armchairs (a third can be brought in from the dining room) and a three-seater sofa as well as the inviting wood-burning stove that 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 and ensuring that the cottage never feels dark. They also provide a fantastic light for viewing some of Clare’s collection of 1930s/40s ceramic plates and jugs, as well as the lovely original artworks that line the walls. Looking for a rainy day or post dinner activity? There’s a great selection of board games and cards available, including family favourites like Cluedo, Monopoly and Scrabble.
French windows lead to the garden.
Through (the original front door of the cottage) to the…
The first thing that may strike you about this room is the space. For a compact cottage, this generous sized dining area provides the perfect space for dining and entertaining. This is the newer part of the house, added in 2002, though it blends in seamlessly. 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 on the right take you directly out onto the sheltered Rose Terrace, with its truly stunning view of the magnificent west end of Burford Church.
Note – Do you see the wooden pegs that line the right-hand side of the room? You may notice them around upstairs too. Robin and Clare have thoughtfully added these pegs to maximise storage space and have taken great care to ensure that the design matches the original door panelling to keep within the style of the cottage.
Back into the sitting room and go…
Beyond the fireplace in the left-hand corner of the sitting room is the door to the traditional cottage stairs leading up to…
Once you are at the top of the stairs (take care as they are quite steep and don’t forget to peek out of the window on the way up for a picturesque view of the garden!) you will reach the landing. As well as more wall hooks, you will notice a wide wooden worktop that stretches the length of the landing ideal for storage. On top of the worktop you will find a travel cot, baby changing mat and a little step that may be useful for teeth-brushing!
Through door on the right at the top of the stairs to the…
A bright and compact bathroom, with gorgeous original 1930s bathtub with attached shower hose, WC and wash basin.
Enter the next door opposite the stairs into the…
A soft, pastel hued bedroom with spacious 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. Simple and elegant. This bedroom has a lovely view over the gardens and rooftops of old Burford…
Further along the landing on the right and into the…
Set up as a children’s bedroom, this charming bedroom is sure to enchant all ages. Two comfortable single beds line either side of the room, with a large vintage pine chest of drawers providing an ample amount of space between them. Above the chest of drawers hangs a captivating illustration of a rabbit family – guaranteed to delight, this painting came from Clare’s own childhood nursery. The quaint little fireplace and patchwork curtains all add to the appeal of this cheerful guest room.
On to the end of the passage and into the…
Master Bedroom with En Suite
The master bedroom is an open spacious room, boasting fabulous views of the Church. The elegant converted gas street lamp just outside the entrance to the churchyard adds a romantic glow to our Rose Terrace at night and if you leave your windows open on a summer evening you will enjoy the scent of the roses in your bedroom!
Complete with two 1940s chests of drawers, bedside tables and modern radio – this room is full of thoughtful touches. Lie back on the ‘King-size’ bed and look to the ceiling: you’ll notice the lucky horse shoe fixed up above you, this came from the original front door of the cottage! If only horse shoes could talk…!
The en suite shower room is a great space, with a WC, wash basin, walk in shower, and adorable little cubby holes for storage.
Shed in parking area
Opposite the Red 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 also makes a good place for deliveries to be left. Key can be found on the overhead hooks in kitchen entrance.
The garden of Church Cottage will take you completely by surprise. You will notice hints of what you will find with the pretty raised border in the parking area, but the rest is completely hidden from Lawrence Lane and public view. As well as providing complete privacy it is also totally secure, 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. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, with two benches, two chairs and a table, including one bench tucked under an arch covered with clematis and roses. There’re also two outdoor power sockets – you can plug in the Bluetooth speaker!
Note – The ‘garden house’ that you will notice at the near end of the garden remains locked, however guests are invited 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 nearest 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. Enjoy a glass of crisp wine 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!
Note – Make the most of the sun in this area and use the retractable washing line fixed next to the door from the garden – after all, mother nature is the best at drying your laundry!
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 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 supermarket is a three-minute walk from the cottage and stocks all immediate shopping requirements, with a great wine selection. It’s open 7am – 10pm every day of the week.
There are some great cafés in Burford, 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 Linwoods 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 13 pubs, all within walking distance of the cottage, of which our favourites are ‘The Angel’, a very good gastropub, and ‘The Highway’. There’s also a great variety of specialist shops to explore – including Maggie White (Clare’s favourite clothes shop) and the fascinating Tolsey Musuem.
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. Also, 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. See the Burford Guidebook for further information.
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 menuin 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!
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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.
Our 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 from the 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.