A stunning, thatched, 4-bedroom (sleeps 8+2), 2.5-bathroom, Grade II listed property with wow-factor interiors and heated indoor pool, offering a luxurious slice of Cotswold country life. Perfectly blending contemporary style and facilities with original 17th-century features, including a magnificent inglenook fireplace, plus three reception rooms all make it ideal for a large family gathering or friends’ get-together. Sweeping landscaped grounds, complete with large enclosed lawn with outdoor dining terrace, a cottage garden and a shimmering lake are all for guests’ private use. Near the stylish market town of Chipping Norton and within walking distance of two pubs and Hook Norton Brewery.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x6
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
- Swimming Pool
Updated 14 Sep 2020
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For a truly memorable luxury escape to the country look no further than Crooked Cottage in the beautiful village of Hook Norton; an impressive hideaway on a grand-scale, boasting perfectly manicured grounds, the finest in interior design and plenty of charming original features. Crooked cottage sleeps 8 guests in 4 double bedrooms – one of which is an ensuite super-king size double; plus, a further two guests can be accommodated on a double sofa bed in the downstairs Snug/Playroom.
Found tucked away behind a gated entrance, Crooked Cottage is accessed via a sweeping gravel driveway, complete with an eye-catching stone statue and waterfall as its centre point. Quaint thatched cottage this most certainly is not – this is a thatched, manor-style house, complete with an indoor heated pool and impressive landscaped grounds to match.
Inside, the luxury of the property matches the quality of its exterior in every way. The owners have taken great care to create a homely yet stylish feel at every turn, making you feel more as though you have walked into a boutique hotel rather than a private country home. A stunning kitchen, bright dining space and no fewer than three separate living areas on the cottage’s ground floor give guests plenty of room to unwind, whilst upstairs four beautiful bedrooms – each individually decorated in their own country-chic style – offer a stylish spot to rest your head.
Outside, Crooked Cottage’s sweeping landscaped grounds are all yours to enjoy, complete with large enclosed lawn with outdoor dining terrace, cottage garden, a shimmering lake and a 11m x 4m heated indoor swimming pool*. Once you have explored Hook Norton, the many pretty villages of the north-west Cotswolds are quite literally on your doorstep, including the market town of Chipping Norton – arguably the most stylish in all the Cotswolds. Please note: Unfortunately, no pets (except guide dogs) are permitted in Crooked Cottage under any circumstances. (*Use of the pool is subject to guests signing a ‘Pool Liability Disclaimer’ form, provided at the property.)
- Sleeps 8 (+2) in 4 double bedrooms: 2x super-king rooms*, 2x king rooms; +2 on double sofa bed in Snug/Playroom/Bedroom 5. (*One can be a twin on request.)
- 2.5 bathrooms: 1 ensuite with roll-top bath and walk-in shower; 1 Family Bathroom with roll top bath and wet room-style walk-in shower; 1 downstairs Cloakroom
- Parking for up to 6 cars
- Extensive, private gardens with patio, lawn, stream, lake and woodland
- Heated, indoor swimming pool – towels provided
- Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, fresh coffee, sugar, fresh milk, salt/pepper, oil
- Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: e.g. hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel, conditioner
- Heating and hot water gas-fired with Nest thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – x2 Smart TVs
- Portable Bose Speaker (in kitchen)
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso and Italian stove-top expresso maker x2, cafetiere), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (blenders, grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, bread maker, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper, outdoor plates and cups
- Oven – Aga
- Fridge x2
- Washing machine
- Hairdryer + Straighteners
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner + hand vac
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair x2, travel cot x2 (cot linen not supplied)
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture, including parasol
- BBQ (gas)
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Stepping through a quintessential English country garden and past the cottage’s traditional stone well, you’ll find the main entrance, opening-up into a cosy stone boot-room-come-porch; the perfect spot to hang up your coats and store your wellies after a long ramble in the countryside. In here you’ll find the cottage’s front door, entering into its light-filled entrance hall from which you can access the downstairs WC, kitchen and first of three unique and beautifully furnished living spaces. The main gate intercom is beside the door.
A handy addition to the cottage, the downstairs cloakroom has a Fired Earth toilet and sink and is decorated in a charming contemporary-meets-olde-worlde-style – a tasteful nod to the cottage’s heritage.
Tucked neatly in the entrance hall, this handy closet houses the cottage’s ironing board and iron, along with a mop and vacuum should you need them.
Crooked Cottage’s beautiful kitchen is a masterpiece of contemporary design; a large, open space with sweeping views over the private grounds. Decorated in classic Shaker style, royal blue units sit strikingly against gold fixtures and traditional wooden worktops to give the kitchen a contemporary yet homely country style, emphasised by the fantastic large Aga which sits in the corner. In here you’ll find every mod-con you’ll need for a very comfortable self-catered stay, including a large central island (with a two-drawer fridge plus a second fridge and freezer), making food prep super-social and spacious pantry with an elegant automatic lighting system. A small window opens to the Snug, making it easy to send the word that the meal is ready!
Just off the kitchen sits the cottage’s conservatory-dining area, with fantastic 180-degree views over the gardens and seating for 8-10 guests around a beautiful handmade round wooden table. On warm sunny days, the kitchen back door and conservatory windows can be opened to allow a cooling breeze through.
Family Sitting Room
Back through the entrance hallway and straight ahead into the Family Sitting Room, the first of the cottage’s beautiful living rooms. True to its name in every way, this room is at the heart of the cottage and has bags full of character and style in equal measure. In here, plenty of the cottage’s original features remain, including exposed oak beams, a large stone wall and a hugely impressive inglenook fireplace complete with bread oven and now cleverly converted into a petite reading or games nook with huge cushions to relax on. Expertly contrasting the original features are plenty of contemporary ones: modern sofas offer a comfortable spot to unwind; bright fabrics give cool pops of colour; and a large smart TV discreetly adorns the wall. The very epitome of country-cool, this space is great for all ages.
Head up two stairs to:
Formal Drawing Room
The cottage’s more formal living space is more refined in feel yet every bit as inviting as the Sitting Room. Flooded with light thanks to double aspect windows overlooking the grounds, in here guests will find plenty of seating, including two elegant four-seater sofas positioned facing each other, across a large fabric footstool, an armchair, a sitting stool and two large window seats. As with the Family Sitting Room, the contemporary and the traditional blend seamlessly in here for a distinctly cool-country feel, with exposed beams, cottage panel doors and an exposed original Cotswold stone wall. In one corner is a desk and light – the perfect spot to do a little work. The real showstopper of the drawing room is its magnificent open fireplace, which guests are very much invited to use at their leisure when the cold weather sets in. A door leads out to the front garden and the driveway.
One step up to:
Playroom / Snug / Bedroom 5
The cottage’s dual aspect Playroom-cum-Snug (or fifth bedroom using the double sofabed) is a particularly great room for younger guests, with plenty of games, toys and books to keep little ones entertained and a large, wall-mounted smart TV, two-seater sofa (double sofa bed) and armchair for guests who want to escape to watch a movie. (If you would like the sofa made up as a bed, please advise on booking.)
Head up the carpeted stairs with banister to:
The master bedroom is a real homage to elegance and refinement, the perfect hideaway for couples in search of some seriously stylish relaxation in the country. Filled with light, thanks to dual aspect windows overlooking the cottage grounds, in here the country-luxe vibe is expertly created thanks to chic grey wood panelled walls, a beautiful super-king-sized bed, with bedside tables and reading lamps, that’s laden with huge, fluffy pillows, plush fabrics and a warming throw. There’s also an armchair, footrest, full-length mirror and freestanding wardrobe – where you’ll find a hairdryer and straighteners.
Bedroom 1 En-Suite
Leading with the same, elegant-meets-contemporary style of the master bedroom, is the en-suite, where striking wood flooring, a marble sink with mirror and shaverpoint, Victoriana-style fittings and a luxurious roll-top bath offer a feeling of pampered refinement. Underfloor heating will keep you wonderfully warm no matter what the weather outside, with a separate walk-in shower at the end of the room with copper fixtures and seat, plus a WC and heated towel rail.
Located at the top of the stairs next to the cottage’s family bathroom is Bedroom 2, a large bedroom overlooking the front of the cottage and gardens. In here, calming grey hues give the space a relaxing atmosphere, with a king-sized bed with scrolled headboard and footboard and bedside tables with reading lamps, offering a sumptuous good night’s rest. The cottage’s impressive dedication to comfort can be found here in the bed’s beautiful linens, stacked cushions and stylish throw, plus there is a large chest of draws for convenient storage.
Located on the landing is the cottage’s main bathroom. Classic and cool, white tiling and parquet-style flooring give it a refined traditional feel, with a large roll-top, freestanding bath, deep sink (with mirror and shaver point), walk-in wet room shower, W.C., heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
Head up three stairs and along a beautiful landing with original wooden floorboards to:
Tucked in the converted eaves is this gorgeous, spacious bedroom, filled with light thanks two windows overlooking the grounds and its country-cream colour scheme. Showcasing the cottage’s original beam work, in here guests benefit from a large built-in wardrobe and draws, antique desk with chair and a wonderful King-size Soho Home Oxford bed with scrolled headboard and footboard; stacked with plump cushions and a beautiful neutral throw. Two window seats overlooking the driveway and gardens provide the perfect place to read or simply relax and daydream.
At the end of the landing, and down a small step, is the largest and lightest bedroom, decorated in the same attractive grey hues as the other bedrooms, with double aspect windows, to the front and rear gardens, that flood the room with light. Featuring a super king-size bed, configurable as a twin if needed, with bedside tables and reading lamps. The room also boasts a built-in wardrobe (housing the travel cots), with an interior mirror, original wood beams, a window-seat and a comfy armchair – a great spot for unwinding with a good book in some peace and quiet.
Gardens and Lake
Crooked Cottage’s stunning gardens are as beautiful as the cottage itself. The gardens are so extensive that it feels like you’re in a private landscaped parkland. To the front of the cottage is a typical English country garden, with a small enclosed lawn, lavender up the garden path to the front door and borders full of flowering shrubs and annuals. To the rear, the garden is divided into three parts:
Directly outside the conservatory-dining area is a large lawn with a patio with dining table, chairs and large gas BBQ – perfectly located for carrying food from the kitchen. The patio overlooks a beautiful rockery and rose garden, with shade provided by a towering magnolia tree, a large level lawn to one side is perfect for little ones to play on while parents relax on the patio.
Immediately outside the pool is a large patio that wraps around to a cascading stream that feeds the lake, with seating overlooking the garden and lake below.
Head down the sloping lawn, following the stream, with towering mature trees – cypress, willow, monkey puzzle and maple – swaying in the breeze, to the lake, a stunning tranquil place surrounded by wildlife, and home to ducks and fish, with a couple of hammock chairs to relax in and absorb the natural beauty. Continue on down past the lake to yet another lawn surrounded by mature trees – this is the perfect place for older children to explore and play ball games.
At the end of the driveway is a separate converted barn housing the Laundry Room and Swimming Pool:
Equipped with a washing machine, tumble dryer, drying rack and butler’s sink. You’ll also find two highchairs and a stroller.
The heated (year-round) indoor pool is approx. 11m x 4m and 1.8 metres at its deepest point, with in-built steps and a mini cooling off pool at one end (was a spa pool but not in operation). At the entrance is a changing room with a shower and a separate W.C. while at the opposite end is a conservatory area with seating and a small table. Spiral stairs lead up to a minstrel gallery. (Do not allow young children upstairs). The whole pool area, including the changing room and WC, is centrally heated. Use of the pool is subject to guests signing a ‘Pool Liability Disclaimer’ form, provided at the property.
Hook Norton benefits from its own SPAR Village Shop and Post Office, giving you basic amenities within walking distance of Crooked Cottage, and the Village Butcher & Deli round the corner on Queen St. Outside the village, the nearest local amenities can be found in Chipping Norton, just a 10-minute drive from Crooked Cottage. Sainsbury’s in Chipping Norton is well-stocked to serve all your grocery needs, with an additional Co-operative Food, SPAR, Aldi and Oats Health Foods in the town to give you a good breadth of choice. Wyatt’s Farm Shop, in nearby Great Rollright, sells locally grown produce and homemade ice-cream and has a great tearoom too.
When you don’t feel like cooking, Hook Norton boasts several pubs serving great food, and all are within walking distance of the cottage. The Sun Inn offers everything from weekend brunch through to a delicious evening menu of gastropub classics using locally sourced ingredients, whilst The Pear Tree Inn offers more relaxed, laid-back dining, including a great selection of homemade, stonebaked pizzas.
The Hook Norton Brewery, only 15 minutes’ walk from the cottage, is a family-run brewery with a rich, handcrafted brewing heritage, and one of the finest examples of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country to boot. Stop by for a brewery tour and experience the sights and sounds of a bustling working brewery in action, learning all about the brewing process (and sampling its tasty results) as you go. Then, pick up your favourite Hooky brews in the Brewery Shop, before heading to the Malthouse Kitchen for a well-earned bite to eat.
Perched on the highest point in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Chipping Norton was once a centre for the Cotswold wool trade and was given a Royal charter by King John in 1205. The medieval Guildhall and St Mary’s Church reflect the prosperity brought by the wool trade. Later, sheep farming was largely replaced by arable, but agriculture remained important in this part of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Many of the original houses around the market place were rebuilt in the 18th century with fashionable Georgian frontages.
Renowned for its antique shops and diverse shopping offer, including a regular market – Chipping Norton retains a robust living, working market town atmosphere. There is good choice of places to eat and top quality entertainment at the wonderful Theatre, famous for its pantomime and visiting world class performers.
Chipping Norton is an excellent base for exploring further afield: easily accessible by road and rail, right on the edge of the Cotswolds and lying between Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.
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From Banbury, take the A361 signed to Chipping Norton and after passing the village of Bloxham, turn right to Hook Norton. Continue through Milcombe and on to Hook Norton. Enter the village on Station Road. Just before the right hand bend onto E. End turn left down a narrow road. There is a signpost that this narrow road is the dead-end of East End road. Continue down the road until you see a solid wooden electric gate with the sign Crooked Cottage.
Hook Norton is about 10 miles from Banbury Station (serves London Marylebone), and 11 miles from Charlbury Station and Moreton in Marsh Station (serve London Paddington).
- Excelsior Taxis Limited: 01608 643721
- A1 Taxis: 07528 133960
- Courtesy Cars: 07951 711008
Crooked Cottage has plentiful private parking for up to 6 cars comfortably. Once you have entered through the second set of gates, you’ll see a sweeping circular gravel driveway with a central statue. Feel free to park anywhere on the gravel; this space is entirely yours.