Lovell Cottage is a beautiful, luxury, Cotswold Stone cottage in the picture-perfect village of Old Minster Lovell, with a fantastic pub and spa within two-minutes' walk, scenic walks directly from the front door and still in easy reach of Burford, Witney, Oxford and Woodstock. The cottage sleeps 6 guests across 3 double bedrooms (one downstairs) and has two shower rooms, a superb kitchen-dining room and two reception rooms sharing a fabulous dual aspect wood burner.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x2
- Travel Cot - x1 (on request)
- High Chair - x 1 (on request)
- Bedding & towels
Updated 2 Sep 2020
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Lovell Cottage is on a quiet country lane in the historic village of Old Minster Lovell, just a short drive from the main Cotswold arterial road (the A40) yet feeling like a million miles away from anywhere but the peaceful surroundings of this archetypal Oxfordshire village with its Cotswold stone houses and thatched cottages.
To the rear of the cottage is a typical English country garden, mostly laid to lawn, with planted borders and mature trees. A patio area with seating for 6 and a BBQ sits to one side of the garden. A path leads from the garden, past the kitchen door to a gate which opens to the parking area and front of the cottage. The garden, which is private and not overlooked, looks out over a large neighbouring garden and paddock (not for guests’ use).
Outside the cottage looks typically olde-worlde Cotswold, with a wisteria climbing across the front, but inside the owner has combined the original features with super-stylish contemporary furnishing and décor. Downstairs, at the front of the cottage, is a gorgeous living room and snug, sharing a double-sided wood burner. To the rear, up an original stone step, is a very well-equipped kitchen with a large dining table to comfortably sit 6 guests, a downstairs shower room and a double bedroom. Upstairs are two large double bedrooms, one with a super-king size bed the other a king-size bed, sharing a splendid Jack and Jill shower room.
Lovell Cottage lies in Old Minster Lovell, the historic section of the beautiful village of Minster Lovell on the edge of Wychwood National Nature Reserve. The village has a church, pub, a country hotel with a spa, a village cricket club and fishing on the River Windrush. Head out the front door for fantastic local walks, including to the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century Oxfordshire manor house, which sits in a beautiful rural setting beside the river. Nearby Witney is a vibrant market town with excellent amenities and a thriving local community with a wide range of independent shops, restaurants and boutiques, as well as a cinema and larger stores including Waitrose and M&S.
- Sleeps 6 across 3 bedrooms in 1 super-king size double, 1 king-size double and 1 standard double (note: the beds cannot be made into twins)
- 2 bathrooms: 1 downstairs shower room, 1 upstairs Jack and Jill Shower room
- Parking for 2 cars
- Private enclosed garden
- Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied (Sept-Apr) for first fire
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, coffee pods, sugar, fresh milk, salt/pepper, oil.
- Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
- Heating and hot water e.g. via Nest/gas central heating with individual thermostat control
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – 43” Smart TV (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV)
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, bread bin, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper.
- Oven/hob – Rangemaster 5-ring hob
- Wine fridge
- Washing machine
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer.
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 6
- BBQ (charcoal). Charcoal is provided for one bbq
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
The front door opens into the cottage’s stunning living room with original features, including a beamed ceiling and flagstone floor, complemented by a double sided woodburner, shared with the Snug, pale grey walls and beautifully lit feature alcove. The Living Room has a plush three-seater pin-back sofa, a large footstool, an armchair and inviting snuggler to curl up on.
Sitting at the foot of the stairs to Bedroom 1 and 2 the Snug shares the double sided woodburner with the Living Room. This cosy room, with its original beams (mind your head!) has a large 43” smart TV with plenty of seating for all to sit and view, including on an inviting three-seater dusty pink velvet sofa, a midnight blue chaise longue and a fabulous Ercol bench. A window seat with a comfy cushion provides the perfect place to perch and watch life go by.
At the rear of the cottage is the striking Kitchen, with its milky-midnight blue units standing out against the backdrop of the cottage’s pretty rear garden. The beautifully crafted marble work tops provide plenty of space to create a meal or have a private chef get to work. The kitchen is fully equipped with every appliance needed, from dishwasher to Rangemaster oven, wine fridge to Nespresso machine. At the centre is a long rectangular table, comfortably seating six guests. (On arrival, guests first enter the cottage through the side garden that leads to the back door into the Kitchen.)
Downstairs Shower Room
Approached from the Snug, up one step, or from the Kitchen, the family shower room features a beautiful wall with raw limestone tiles and a large walk-in shower, with polished limestone walls, a dual-flush WC and wash basin.
The cottage’s downstairs bedroom features a double bed on an unusual chrome bedstead, which sits up against a backdrop of pretty bamboo and parakeet wallpaper. The bedroom has two bed side tables with reading lamps, a wardrobe with hanging space and drawers and a wide windowsill with a mirror. The view is directly into the garden from the bedroom, providing a lovely view of the trees, plants and wildlife.
Head up the carpeted staircase with handrail to two large double bedrooms:
This beautifully welcoming dual-aspect master bedroom, in calming dove-grey with accents of pink, looks out over the garden and the small local road running past the front of the cottage. Featuring a super-king size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, an antique dressing table with mirror, a chest of drawers and a large corner wardrobe. Inside the wardrobe is a safe for guests’ use. A door from the bedroom leads to the Jack and Jill shower room shared with Bedroom 2
The first thing you’ll notice as you walk into this bedroom is the original oak beam stretching across the width of the room. Mind you head (and please don’t be tempted to swing on it!) but look at the detail in the wood – it was probably a ship’s mast brought here long ago. This lovely, sunny bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed, bedside tables and reading lamps, a chest of drawers and a large wardrobe with hanging space and drawers. The bedroom connects to the Jack and Jill shower room and looks out to the small local village road below.
Jack and Jill Shower Room
Sitting between the two upstairs bedroom, the Jack and Jill shower room is fitted with Duravit and Lefroy Brooks sanitaryware including a large walk-in shower, wash basin with mirror over, dual flush WC, heated towel rail and privacy locks on each door.
Lovell Cottage sits on a quiet village road with stunningly beautiful properties all around, many of which are thatched and date back hundreds of years.
To the front, the cottage is accessed directly from the village path, separated from the road by a small footbridge. A side path leads to a gate and the back door that opens into the kitchen (this is the door guests will use to enter and leave the cottage). Also, at the front, slightly off-set from the cottage, is the parking area, suitable for two cars. To the rear, the property has a medium-size garden, mostly laid to lawn, bordered by mature shrubs and trees and Cotswold stone walling with a lovely view out over neighbouring countryside and gardens.
Lovell Cottage lies in the historic section in the picture-perfect village of Old Minster Lovell on the edge of Wychwood National Nature Reserve with the River Windrush passing through. The village has a pub, a country hotel with spa, a village cricket club, a church, a small convenience store (in Minster Lovell) and fishing on the river – all within a few minutes’ walk of the cottage.
The Old Swan is a 15th-century, quintessentially English pub with a magical garden and patio area that’s ablaze with colour in the summer and has roaring log fires in the winter.
The Garden Spa at Minster Mill Hotel is open to non-residents and has a full range of spa treatments, an indoor pool, rock sauna and steam room.
St Kenelm’s church was built in 1450 and sits beside the remains of Minster Lovell Hall. The Hall was built in the 1430s by William, Baron of Lovell and Holand – one of the richest men in England. It was later home to Francis, Viscount Lovell, a close ally of Richard III. After several changes of ownership, the hall was abandoned and eventually demolished in the 18th century, leaving the extensive and fascinating remains that stand today.
Step straight out of the front door to join the Lovell Hall walk through the local countryside, along stretches of the picturesque River Windrush, past St Kenelm’s Church, Minster Lovell Hall and back in time for a drink at the Old Swan! (A map of the walk is provided at the cottage.)
Witney, 4 miles away, is a vibrant market town with excellent amenities and a thriving local community with a wide range of independent shops, restaurants and boutiques, as well as a number of larger stores, including Waitrose and M&S.
Just three miles away is the Bird in Hand pub at Hailey, an excellent choice for food and drinks.
The fabulous Burford Garden Centre with its café/restaurant, shop and wonderful choice of plants is only 6 miles away.
A car is not essential for a short break, with local walks, the Old Swan pub and the Garden Spa at Minster Mill Hotel just minutes from the door. But if you are here to explore the area and visit the Cotswolds a car is recommended.
The closest motorway to Old Minster Lovell is the M40.
From the south exit M40 at Junction 8, then take the A40 towards Oxford. Once you are on the Oxford ring road, follow signs for A40 Cheltenham. After 14 miles, take the “Carterton, Minster Lovell” slip road off the A40. Turn sharp left (signposted to The Old Swan and Minster Mill) and down the hill. Turn right over the stone bridge. At the Old Swan, turn right then continue 100 metres. Lovell Cottage is on the left-hand side opposite a red post box, with a thatched cottage to the left.
From the North exit M40 at Junction 9, then take the A34 towards Oxford.
Once on the Oxford ring road, follow signs for Cheltenham A40. After approximately 11 miles, take the second exit at the Witney Lakes roundabout onto Downs Road. Take the first left on to the B4047 (signposted to The Old Swan and Minster Mill). Turn right following signs to The Old Swan and Minster Mill. Turn right over the stone bridge. At the Old Swan, turn right then continue 100 metres. Lovell Cottage is on the left-hand side opposite a red post box, with a thatched cottage to the left.
The nearest train station is Charlbury, 7.5 miles away, in the direction of Chipping Norton. Oxford Station is 15 miles from the cottage.
Taxis are available at the train stations or you can call either Hunts Taxis, Witney: 01993 705136 or Angela’s Taxis, Witney: 01993 771072.
The cottage has two off-street parking places in front of the cottage. Further on-street parking is available in front of the cottage as well as at the top of the lane, just five minutes’ walk away. (Please do not park on the adjacent spot to the right of Lovell’s two places, as this belongs to the neighbouring property.)