Hillside Cottage is a beautiful, 17th-century retreat in a private and tranquil location, with an elevated position overlooking glorious Cotswold countryside. Sleeping up to 4 guests across 3 bedrooms (1 standard double, 1 small double, 1 single) with 2.5 bathrooms (1 ensuite with bath, 1 family shower room, and 1 downstairs W.C. The cottage has a big, open fireplace, a delightful, private garden, is dog-friendly and is in walking distance of a great pub.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - x2
- Bedding & towels
Updated 3 Jan 2020
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With a population of less than 200 people, the Cotswold village of Swerford, home to Hillside Cottage, is the place to go if you want to get away from it all. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the cottage’s honey-coloured stone exterior, perfectly framed by the climbing wall plants and secluded garden. The interior boasts some beautiful period features and beamed ceilings, as well as a host of unique antique treasures.
Once inside, you will experience the cottage’s seamless fusion of contemporary design with a quintessentially English country feel. The walls display pops of colour and a fascinating art collection, intermixed with all the features and comforts required to ensure your stay is as perfect as possible. As its name suggests, Hillside Cottage enjoys an elevated position over the rest of the village. Look out the window, and you’ll be met with the sight of nothing but rolling green fields and the odd charming rooftop.
This three-bedroom cottage sleeps 4 guests, making it the perfect property for a country break with friends or family. (Note: Hillside is not suitable for babies and young children.) Literature lovers will adore the sitting room at Hillside cottage with its extensive collection of books. Nothing beats curling up in one of the cosy armchairs next to the roaring open fire (logs provided) with a good read in this magical location. If you’re feeling inspired by your surroundings to put pen to paper yourself, you can use the antique writing desk in the entrance hall with its beautiful view into the garden!
Although small, Swerford is home to a few hidden treasures. The remains of a 12th Century motte-and-bailey castle are open for visits as well as a network of beautiful footpaths. The renowned pub, The Boxing Hare, is also a short walk from Hillside Cottage. If you fancy exploring a little further afield, the stunning Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton is only a three-mile drive away.
- Sleeps 4 in 3 bedrooms across 1 en-suite master double, 1 small double, 1 single
- Bathrooms: 1 ensuite (bath with over-bath power shower), 1 family bathroom with power shower, 1 downstairs W.C. with toilet and wash basin
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Parking for 2 cars
- Log fire – complimentary logs provided for one fire
- Kitchen Starter Pack (for first night/day): teabags, coffee (ground), milk.
- Cleaning Starter Pack (for 2 nights): dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper
- Bathroom starter pack (for 2 nights): hand soap and toilet paper (minimum 2 rolls)
- Fully equipped kitchen with kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (tumblers, wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans), bread bin.
- Washing machine
- Smeg fridge/freezer
- AGA cooker
- Heating gas/electric (with independent thermostat control)
- Free Wi-Fi
- Flat screen Smart TV (Freeview)
- CD player
- Hairdryer x2
- Dog friendly
- Ironing board, iron + clothes airer
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 4
- Safety equipment: Carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, fireguard
- Pub within walking distance (The Boxing Hare)
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Stepping through the cottage’s traditional porch is the entrance hall, you will find this a bright and vibrant space thanks to its eye-catching yellow walls, white-washed beamed ceiling and light-filled windows. If you’re feeling inspired by your surroundings to put pen to paper yourself, you can use the antique writing desk in the entrance hall with its beautiful view into the garden, and the perfect spot to unwind with a peaceful morning cuppa.
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The Living Room
Heading through the entrance hall you’ll enter the cottage’s main living space, with its striking egg-yolk yellow walls, which provide a lively juxtaposition to the rich heritage of this 17th-Century cottage. Sink into the comfy blue sofa and big armchairs while you enjoy the huge floor-to-ceiling library of books, the eclectic paintings, and the big stone fireplace – the centrepiece of the room (logs provided). With a front-facing window overlooking the garden, this snug hideaway offers the perfect space to relax, no matter what the weather. Literature lovers will adore the sitting room at Hillside cottage.
The Kitchen/Dining Area
Hillside Cottage has a charmingly traditional kitchen and dining space. The vibrant pillar-box red kitchen walls make for the perfect backdrop against some of the quirky takes on traditional country kitchen utilities. A deep Belfast-style sink, curtained cupboard space and country antique furniture add to the kitchen’s rural feel, whilst a new electric AGA, 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, the ideal spot for leisurely meals where you can discuss plans for the day. The kitchen is a fantastic communal space and very well-equipped if you’re looking to cook whilst you’re away. Sit around the antique wooden dining table and absorb the Cotswold views and morning sunlight through the large bay window.
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 in softly furnished, pastel-hued bedrooms.
The en-suite master double room sits at the top of a spacious landing and has an attractive white-panelled ceiling and postcard-worthy view, framed by pretty floral curtains and pelmet. The en-suite bathroom features a bathtub, with over-bath power shower, WC, and wash basin.
Next door to Bedroom 1 is the cottage’s second bedroom, perfect for younger guests or adults travelling solo. 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 small double bed, ideal for a guest who prefers a bigger-than-single bed. Decorated with cornflower blue hues and an impressive collection of paintings. The window overlooks the gardens below.
A small family bathroom can be found next to Bedroom 3, making good use of a small space with a single power shower, toilet and basin.
Vibrant flora and lavender frame the cottage’s frontage, while across the driveway sits your very own private garden space, entered through a honeysuckle-covered pergola in classic Secret Garden style. The garden has a swing, picnic table and benches – the perfect spot for a summer-evening supper. Guests staying during the autumn may pick their own fruit from the garden’s apple and plum trees.
The nearest local amenities to Swerford village can be found in Chipping Norton, just a 10-minute drive from Hillside Cottage. The Co-Operative Food in Chipping Norton is well-stocked to serve all of your grocery needs, with an additional Aldi on 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.
Less than half a mile from the cottage is The Boxing Hare, an excellent fine-dining pub that can easily be reached on foot. Run by successful London restauranteur Antony Griffith Harris, The Boxing Hare is a chic find in this hidden corner of the Cotswolds. There’s an a la carte menu, alongside a host of local ales, tasty wines and classic bar snacks, should you only fancy a small bite to eat.
If you require medical attention, the closest medical facility is Chipping Norton Health Centre, Russell Way, Chipping Norton OX7 5FA. Call 01608 642742.
If you need veterinary assistance, please go to Banbury and Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital, Banbury Rd, Chipping Norton OX7 5SY or call them on 01608 642547.
Lots more local information, including attractions, pubs, restaurants and events will be sent to you on booking this property as a ‘Bolthole Retreats Guide Book’.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Chipping NortonCharlbury-WOW Charlbury-MWS Cornwell-Chastleton-MWS Long-Compton-MWS Rollright-Stones Spelsbury-MWS
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Hillside Cottage is located in Swerford, a village just 3 miles from Chipping Norton. Heading into the village from the A361, you’ll start to descend Chapel Hill. Just before the sharp left-hand bend, you’ll see a driveway on your left-hand side. Take the driveway and Hillside Cottage is the second cottage on your left. Please be aware that the drive leading to the cottage has a sharp incline.
The cottage is 9 miles away from Banbury Train Station, served by GWR and Cross-Country trains. Banbury station is 60 minutes from London Marylebone and 45 minutes from various Birmingham stations.
Excelsior Taxis Limited: 01608 643721
A1 Taxis Chipping Norton: 07528 133960
Route 55: 07463 888971