A quintessentially-Cotswold 17th century cottage with masses of original features, perfect for those in search of a cosy escape to the country.
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Updated 6 Nov 2018
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Cotswold escapes don’t come much more charming than Hillside Cottage; a classic country cottage tucked away amidst a vibrant country garden. This really is the stuff that children’s nursery rhymes are made of, right down to the picket fence and Hydrangea covered entrance, transporting you straight into the pages of The Secret Garden.
The cottage itself is charming. Stepping inside, vibrant yellow walls filled with eclectic artwork, plenty of personal touches and books in every nook and cranny make you feel as though you’ve stumbled upon a busy artist’s home; the heritage of the cottage evident everywhere through its beamed ceilings, traditional kitchen and huge stone fireplace.
Upstairs, three cosy bedrooms sleep up to four adults comfortably, perfect for families or couples on a joint getaway to the country. With the Cotswolds’ trendiest market town of Chipping Norton just three miles away, there’s plenty nearby to keep you entertained, or simply sit back and relax in your beautiful private garden with a sundowner, drinking in the sights and sounds of rural bliss.
- Bed linen, towels and tea towels
- Log fire
- Logs for fire provided-the first basket is free
- Outdoor dining area
- Garden furniture
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms with power showers
- Miele washing machine
- Smeg fridge/freezer
- Bosch Dishwasher
- AGA cooker
- Smart TV
- Pub within walking distance
- Private parking for 2 cars
- Private garden
- Car essential
The nearest local amenities can be found in Chipping Norton, just a 10-minute drive from Hillside Cottage. The Co-Operative Foodin Chipping Norton is well-stocked to serve all of your grocery needs, with an additional Aldion the edge of the town. If you fancy taking the hassle out of your stay completely, we recommend planning ahead with a grocery delivery; Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons all deliver to Hillside Cottage.
When you don’t want to cater at home, award-winning local pub The Boxing Hare,just a short walk from the cottage’s front door, is a great option. Here, you’ll find a delectable menu of dishes to satisfy any craving on the A La Carte menu, alongside a host of local ales, tasty wines and classic bar snacks (which are anything but standard).
Stepping through the cottage’s traditional porch is the entrance hall, you will find a bright and vibrant space thanks to its eye-catching yellow walls, white-washed beamed ceiling and light-filled windows. Those in search of a creative space to get some work done have a traditional wooden bureau at their disposal, but we’d recommend simply sitting here and drinking in the glorious garden views; the perfect spot to unwind with a peaceful morning cuppa.
Heading through the entrance hall you’ll enter the cottage’s main living space, again characterised by striking yellow walls which provide a lively juxtaposition to the rich heritage of this 17thCentury cottage. There are few spaces we can imagine that would be cosier than this: a sink-in blue sofa and big armchairs offer a comfy spot to rest; a huge floor-to-ceiling bookcase lines the walls, crammed full of books to discover; eclectic paintings, chosen by the owners, fill the walls and a big stone fireplace acts as the centrepiece of the room. With a front-facing window overlooking the garden, this snug hideaway offers the perfect space to relax no matter what the weather outside.
Leading on from the living space is Hillside Cottage’s charmingly traditional kitchen and dining space. The kitchen really does exude the cottage’s rich heritage, expertly counterbalanced by the same vibrant walls – deep pink, in this instance- as in the rest of the house. A beautiful AGA stove provides both warmth and cooking opportunities. A deep Belfast-style sink, curtained cupboard space and country antique furniture add to the kitchen’s rural feel, whilst a large Smeg fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine ensure you have all the mod-cons you need for a comfortable stay. The dining area has an antique oak dining table seating up to 6, perfectly positioned next to the light-filled bay window with wonderful views; the ideal spot for leisurely feasts where you can discuss plans for the day.
Tucked around the corner from the entrance hall is a downstairs cloakroom with toilet and washbasin – a great addition to a cottage of this size.
Head up the winding staircase from the cottage’s entrance hall to find the three bedrooms of the house, sleeping up to 4 adults comfortably.
The master of the house, Bedroom 1, sits at the top of the spacious landing, characterised like the rest of the colourful cottage by its pretty pink walls. Housing a comfortable double bed, handy chest of drawers and a perfectly-framed window overlooking the lush gardens below with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, the room will truly make you feel as though you’ve stumbled upon a picture-postcard escape right here in the Cotswolds. The bedroom even boasts its own en-suite bathroom, complete with over-bath power shower, toilet and basin, offering maximum privacy to guests.
Next door to Bedroom 1 is the cottage’s second room, perfect for younger guests or adults travelling solo. Compact and bijou, the bedroom is quaint and charming in equal measure, with a single bed, calming pale blue-green walls, a writing desk and clever hidden storage for clothes.
The final bedroom of the house is found at the end of the landing, housing a cosy double bed; great for couples who wish to cosy up, or guests sleeping solo. Attractive blue hues adorn the walls, as does an impressive collection of more paintings. The window overlooks the gardens below.
A small family bathroom can be found next door to Bedroom 3, making good use of a small space with a single power shower, toilet and basin.
Hillside’s outside space really does offer countryside living at its finest, thanks to its classic English country garden and sprawling greenery. With vibrant flora and lavender framing the cottage’s frontage, across the driveway sits your very own private garden space, entered through a honeysuckle-covered pergola in classic Secret Garden style. In here, you’ll find an oak picnic table, benches and a swing to enjoy; the perfect spot for dining al fresco or sitting back with a good book, listening to the blissful silence of rural village life.
Do enjoy our library and feel free to take a book with you if you are in the middle of reading it! However, we kindly request that you return any books via postwhich you take with you, once you are finished.
It is important to let Ali know of any breakages before you leave to ensure that the next guests will have what they need. Ali will let you know the cost of replacements.
Babies are welcome at Hillside Cottage, but unfortunately we cannot cater for older children.
On the day of your departure, please leave the cottage clean and tidy by 10am. This will allow Ali’s team to prepare for the next guests. If you propose leaving earlier, do let Ali know. Please do not forget to leave the keys for the cottage in the agreed location on departure.
Well behaved dogs are welcome, but we request that they please remain downstairs and are kept off the furniture.
Please empty the kitchen dustbins before leaving the property; there are three of them. The large blue open-topped one is for anything which can be recycled; the small food waste bin must have a bio-degradeable bag inside it; and the metal bin is for everything else. The large dustbins are located at the bottom of the track to the cottage. Please make sure that you put recycling in the blue-topped bin, food waste in the bin marked for it and all other rubbish in the remaining bin.
The gardener comes regularly to take care of the garden.
Petrol Stations are to be found in Chipping Norton. Wheelers Garage also in Chipping Norton town centre is very good for car problems, Tel. 01608642014.
Heating and water
I am sure that you are aware of environmental issues relating to fuel and, of course, its high cost. We would therefore appreciate it if you could be sensitive about fuel consumption. Water is heated by oil and comes on twice a day. You may override this by pressing the hot water button on the control panel in the hall. Central heating also comes on twice a day and may be overridden by the heating control button in the hall. Central heating is governed primarily by the thermostat in the sitting room and the sitting room master radiator; these trigger the heating and the master radiator cannot be switched off. If you have a log fire, you may need to alter the thermostat on the wall in the sitting room. All other radiators can be controlled by their individual thermostats.
All linen and towels will be changed once a week for guest who stay for two weeks or more.
One basket of logs is supplied free of charge along with firelighters and matches. Additional logs are available at £5 per basket. We kindly ask that guests who wish to have more logs leave the required money on the dining table for the housekeeper.
Parking can be found at the bottom of the driveway to the right -hand side, with enough space for up to 2 cars. Please note, access to the track leading to the cottage must be left clear at all times.
Both bathrooms have power showerswhich have a safety cut-out mechanism if you have too long a shower or too hot a shower. If the cut out happens, simply wait for five to ten minutes and the shower will reset itself.
Safety and Security
This is a very old cottage and it would be very sad, not to mention dangerous, to risk a fire. We want our visitors to be safe. Please do not smoke anywhere in the cottage and do not light candles in bedrooms. Please ensure that all downstairs candles and the fire are extinguished, that the fireguard is in place, and the sitting room door is closed before leaving the cottage at any time or before going to bed.
Please do not burn anything other than the logs supplied on the open fire. There are two smoke alarms; one is at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom. They shriek loudly if smoke reaches them. Do not hesitate to dial 999 for the fire brigade. There is also a carbon monoxide detector on the sitting room window sill; please leave it in place.
There are locks on all of the downstairs windows and a key is located on each windowsill to undo them. Do lock them if you are out and when you go to bed. Make sure that you have left a key on each window sill before you leave. The upstairs windows have locks which are not necessary to use.
Instructions are available in the sitting room. Netflix is free to visitors so please do not change passwords to your own.
If you are not used to an Aga, do not worry as it is all very easy. There are instructions in the Aga cookery books in the kitchen. You need to do as much cooking as possible in the ovens and not leave the top lids open when you are not actually cooking. Do not alter the controls which time the Aga to come on twice a day for breakfast and dinner. It will remain warm during the day and you will be able to cook simple lunches, but the best cooking times will be morning and evening.
Hook Norton village shop, butcher, delicatessen, pubs
Chipping Norton 10 minutes away lovely small theatre and cinema-pantomime, wonderful independent bookshop with coffee and homemade cakes, shops, doctors, dentists, First Aid Centre, churches, petrol stations, swimming pool, lido, gym, tennis courts.
Wyckham Farm shop-fabulous farmshop just the other side of Bloxham
Great Tew, pub, baker, Soho Farmhouse members only
Daylesford farmshop-Harrods in the country
Numerous National Trust Houses and Gardens
Many private open gardens
Stratford upon Avon -theatre 30 minutes drive away. Enjoy an evening of first class theatre and wend your way back on empty roads
All Cotswold towns and villages
Numerous beautiful churches with early wall paintings
Banbury-fast train to London-1 hour to Marylebone
The cottage is close to several private schools and suitable for visiting parents-e.g Bloxham,
Tudor Hall, Bruern Abbey
Events in area
Heythrop Point to Point
Chipping Norton literary Festival
Blenheim Game Fair
Walking & Cycling Guides
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