Suncroft in Shotteswell village is a beautiful, Grade-II listed, 340-year-old, thatched cottage built of the local, warm-coloured Hornton Stone. This 3-bedroom holiday home sleeps six guests, with room for two more in the spacious snug. Beautifully updated with a contemporary kitchen, furnishings and bathrooms yet maintaining the character features of a 17th-century property. Suncroft is in walking distance of a local pub with countryside walks in every direction. Shotteswell is ideally located for visiting the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon, with Banbury train station just 5 miles away.
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The approach to Suncroft is through idyllic Cotswold countryside, with the pretty village of Shotteswell sitting high on the ridge looking out across Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. This beautiful 3-bedroom, thatched cottage has been lovingly and painstakingly restored and updated by the current owners to retain plenty of original Restoration period character while bringing the facilities right up to date with a modern kitchen and bathrooms. Suncroft sits at right angles to a quiet country lane, with the Old Post Office as its neighbour. Extending down the hill to one side of the cottage is a magnificent garden. The cottage has private parking for two cars and roadside parking for one more.
Suncroft is a spacious holiday home, with a large, fully equipped bright and light kitchen-diner with fantastic views from the kitchen windows. A family shower room sits off to one side of the dining area. From the dining area head into the first of two reception rooms, the snug (which can sleep two extra guests on a single day bed that converts into a king-size trundle bed). Continue up five wooden steps into the cosy living room. Both reception rooms have original inglenook fireplaces with realistic gas-fired wood burners. Upstairs are three double bedrooms and a large family bathroom with an inviting, free-standing bath. The third bedroom is sometimes used by the owners as a study and is accessed either from Bedroom 2 or up a spiral staircase from the dining room.
The long and pretty country cottage garden at Suncroft has a seating area and a dining area, with a charcoal BBQ, just a few steps down from the kitchen. Down a few more stone steps, is the main garden which is laid to lawn with beautifully planted borders, mature trees, a wildflower garden and a carpeted garden room with electricity – ideal for quiet contemplation or a place for the younger guests to hang out. To the front of the cottage, which sits at right-angles to a country lane, is the original front door covered with rambling wisteria, a shared drive leading to a private carport and the door into the kitchen – now used as the main entrance.
Shotteswell is just off the B4100 about four and a half miles to the north-west of Banbury on the Oxfordshire/ Warwickshire border. This small village is made up of a collection of period and modern stone properties, together with an attractive Saxon church, village hall and children’s playground. There’s plenty to do and visit within 5 miles, including horseriding, clay pigeon shooting, the National Herb Centre, the birthplace of George Washington’s English relatives, several National Trust properties (Farnborough, Charlecote Park, Charlestone House, Hidcote and Canons Ashby), Cropredy Festival, the choice of five pubs, great walking and four wedding venues nearby (Laurel Farm, Hadsham Farm, Castle Inn, Sulgrave Manor).
- Sleeps 6 (+2) across 3 double bedrooms with 1 super-king, 1 king, 1 standard double bed (+ single-size daybed in the snug that converts to a king-size trundle bed)
- 2 bathrooms: 1 family shower room (downstairs), 1 family bathroom (upstairs)
- Parking for 3 cars
- Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
- Dog friendly: maximum 2 small/1 medium dog(s)
- 2 fireplaces with gas-fired wood burner-effect fires
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x2
- Heating and hot water with Nest and individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV: 2 Smart TVs: 1 in dining area; 1 in Living Room (with Netflix)
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, filter coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
- Washing machine
- Kitchen starter consumables: e.g. teabags, instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
- Cleaning starter pack: e.g. dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: e.g. hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 8
- BBQ (charcoal/gas) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Guests enter Suncroft through a stable door, under the covered carport, through the lobby just off the Kitchen. The lobby houses the central heating’s oil-fired boiler, clothes dryer, hooks for hanging coats and a shoe rack.
Step through the lobby door into the:
Kitchen/ Dining Area
This lovely bright and light, newly renovated room has the Kitchen to one end and the Dining Area and spiral staircase to Bedroom 3 at the other:
The fully equipped Kitchen features a fantastic view over the garden and on out to the surrounding countryside. A large island provides lots of preparation space, and there are plenty of kitchen wall cabinets housing everything you need for a self-catering stay. There is a large U.S.-style fridge-freezer, an induction hob and fan oven, a dishwasher, a large microwave, filter coffee machine, washing machine and all the other small appliances expected at a luxury holiday cottage.
A large oval dining table at the centre of the dining area comfortably seats eight guests. A small wall-mounted TV is provided to one end, so you can watch while you cook or eat. To one end is a handy antique sideboard housing serving dishes and family games, with an ornate mirror above reflecting even more light into this pretty room.
Family Shower Room
Just off the Dining Area is the downstairs Shower Room, with a walk-in cubicle shower (small step in), hand basin and vanity unit with a mirror over, a WC and heated towel rail.
Head from the Dining Area, over a small step into the:
The name may suggest a small room but in fact the Snug is a spacious second living room, featuring original exposed oak beams and a large brick fireplace with a stone hearth and electric woodburner-effect fireplace, this room is a great “escape room” as it has no TV! Instead there’s a large comfy sofa, seating five, and window seating – ideal for curling up with a book in front of the fire or playing a game. The daybed serves as a sofa, a single bed or, when pulled out, a king-size bed. (If you need the daybed set up as a single/double bed, please request on booking.) The Snug has two latched doors: to the Kitchen/Dining Area and Living Room – providing privacy for guests sleeping downstairs.
Four wooden steps lead up to the:
At the far end of the cottage is the delightful, cosy Living Room featuring original exposed oak beams and a thick oak post, and a brick hearth with an electric woodburner-effect fireplace. At the Snug end is a seating area with a comfy armchair, reading light, a sideboard and a chest of drawers – a handy place to keep your devices charged up. At the far end of the room, up a small step, is the main seating area with a 4- and 3-seater sofa and armchair perfectly positioned to enjoy the fireplace and watch the smart TV (with Netflix provided).
Head through an oak door in the Living Room up the wooden staircase, with a banister, to the three bedrooms and family bathroom:
All the bedrooms have a luxuriously thick-pile silver-grey carpet, while the bathroom has wood-laminate flooring. All feature a restful white/grey colour scheme with ornate chandelier lighting, which lends a feel of luxury and opulence to each room.
At the top of the stairs sits this lovely dual-aspect room, overlooking the driveway and quiet country road. This room features exposed original timbers and is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, a fitted floor-to-ceiling wardrobe and chest of drawers. A hairdryer is provided in the chest of drawers. The cosy alcove by the window is an ideal place for a baby’s travel cot.
The contemporary bathroom at Suncroft has beautiful polished limestone tiling that perfectly complements the original exposed timbers. The large oval bath, with hand-held shower, is set on a slightly raised platform, giving it a feeling of seclusion. The bathroom also has a hand basin, with a mirror over, W.C. and heated towel rail.
Head along the landing and down two wooden steps to Bedroom 2 – the Master Bedroom
Bedroom 2-Master bedroom
The first thing you notice as you walk into this fabulously spacious and sumptuous master bedroom is the 10ft-high ceiling, with its incredible exposed timbers that create the effect of an ancient ship’s hull. The bedroom is furnished with a super-king-size bed with bedside tables (a hairdryer can be found here) and reading lamps and plenty of wardrobe space, plus a large, ornate mirror and wooden chest at the foot of the bed.
A door with a latch and lock leads from Bedroom 2 down a step into Bedroom 3/the Study:
This bright and sunny room has French doors that look out onto a roof terrace, with far reaching views over the garden and on to the distant countryside. The room is furnished with a standard double bed, a bedside table and reading lamp and a hanging rail. A desk with a lamp and printer is provided in the corner opposite the bed, with plenty of electricity points to connect a computer and other devices. (The doors to the roof terrace are kept locked, as a safety precaution, as the terrace does not have a safety barrier. Please do not attempt to access it from inside or outside.)
The property is approached down a shared drive leading to a gated private driveway and car port with parking for two vehicles (end-to-end). Extra parking is available on the quiet country road that runs past the entrance to the cottage. Please be careful not to park across any neighbouring driveways.
Steps descend from the house to two seating areas, one covered by a pergola with lounging seats and the other set up with a table and chairs and BBQ – the perfect spot for al fresco dining. Both seating areas have a stunning view down to the beautiful garden below and countryside beyond.
The gorgeous English country-cottage garden is approximately 125ft in length and features an immaculate lawn with flower and a shrub borders running down each side, At the far end is a timber summer house (carpeted and with electricity – so a great hangout for younger members of the group), a raised herb bed (help yourself for your cooking) and a wildflower garden.
Supermarkets, food shops
The nearest food shop is Carpenters Farm Shop, just outside Warmington, 1.5 miles away, which sells a selection of locally reared fresh meat, vegetables and over 50 varieties of cheese. Nearby Cropredy has a small convenience store.
The nearest supermarkets are in Banbury (5 miles away), including Waitrose, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Aldi.
Banbury Charter Market is the closest open-air market, on Thursdays and Saturdays; 9:00am to 4:30pm. Approximately 30 stalls offering a range of products, including fruit and vegetables, clothing, footwear, tools, cards and garden plants, with additional antiques stalls on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Clothing & General Retail Shopping
- Banbury Gateway Shopping Park (OX16 3ER) – home to several High Street brands, including M&S, FatFace, Next and Primark.
- Bicester Village – an excellent outlet shopping centre on the outskirts of Bicester, 20 miles away, with mostly luxury goods and designer clothing stores.
Pubs / restaurants in walking distance.
Guests at Suncroft have the choice of several pubs. The nearest, The Falcon (formerly The Wobbly Wheel), can be reached via a footpath across the fields, about 300 yards away (or just over a mile by road). Other local pubs include The Moon & Sixpence in Hanwell (1.5 miles), The Green Man in Mollington (2 miles), the Red Lion in Horley (3 miles), The Kitchen at Farnborough (4 miles), and the historic Castle Inn at Edgehill (4.5 miles) where the Battle of Edgehill was fought. The pub’s octagonal tower marks the spot where, on the afternoon of Sunday 23 October 1642, King Charles I raised his standard and summoned his officers about him to prepare for war!
Things To Do And See
Suncroft is surrounded by great walking country. A brochure with seven walks is included with the Welcome Guide at the property.
Valley Farm Equestrian Centre is just down the lane from Suncroft. The services offered include lessons, competitions, clinics, summer camps to fun days for children and adults.
Clay pigeon shooting
Edgehill Shooting Ground in Warmington offers a wide range of clay pigeon shooting disciplines, including Down-The-Line, English Sporting, English Skeet and Olympic Skeet. The club is set in 600 acres of beautiful countryside. Located just off the Warwick Road near Warmington, 3 miles from Suncroft.
National Trust Visits
Just 5.5 miles from Shotteswell is Upton House & Gardens, Lord and Lady Bearsted’s 1930s country retreat. The landscape designer Kitty Lloyd-Jones advised on designs and planting. Lloyd-Jones was one of the first professional female garden designers.
Other fabulous nearby National Trust properties include Farnborough, Charlecote Park, Charlestone House, Hidcote and Canons Ashby.
The home of George Washington’s English ancestors, this delightful Tudor manor, with a country garden, has plenty to see and do for all ages. In the Family Area visitors can have hands-on fun making dens, climbing and playing in the mud kitchen. Open to the General Public from April to September.
Just under 2 miles from Suncroft, this is a fantastic place for anyone who loves to use herbs for cooking, as remedies or simply just to smell them! The National Herb Centre was established in 1997 with the aim of providing everyone with an opportunity to see, enjoy and learn about herbs. Surrounded by more than 125 acres of farmland and woods, visitors can enjoy a walk along one of the trails or browse the shop. Three nature trails (25-60 minutes to complete) wind down into the valley alongside fields of herbs, natural ponds and through woodlands of mature trees, with panoramic views stretching as far as the three counties of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.
Suncroft is close to four beautiful wedding venues, making it a great location for guests or bridal parties, including: Lauren Farm, Hadsham Farm, the Castle Inn and Sulgrave Manor (see below for details).
- Just across the road is Laurel Farm, a Grade II, 17th century wedding and events venue.
- Four miles away is Hadsham Farm, a beautiful lakeside Tipi wedding venue. Guests can stay on site in their glamping tents, but some may prefer the terra firma of Suncroft
- The Castle Inn at Edgehill – a beautiful, historic location for a wedding that’s fully licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships in all areas of The Castle.
- Sulgrave Manor (see above) is licensed for civil ceremonies in the Tudor Great Hall or within the rustic barn.
Shotteswell is just 4 miles from Cropredy where the Fairport Cropredy Convention is held – an annual festival of folk and rock music, headed by British folk-rock band Fairport Convention.
Shotteswell is ideally located to visit the northern Cotswolds, including the popular Cotswold towns of Stow-on-the Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway, Chipping Norton, Chipping Campden – all within 40 minutes’ drive. Even closer is Warwick Castle (17 miles) and Stratford-upon-Avon (19 miles) – both ideal for a great day trip.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Chipping NortonCharlbury-WOW Charlbury-MWS Cornwell-Chastleton-MWS Long-Compton-MWS Rollright-Stones Spelsbury-MWS
Chipping CampdenBroadway Chipping-Campden (Circular Walk) Chipping Campden (Miles Without Styles) Ebrington Kingham Circular Laverton Mickleton Rollright-Stones Broadway Tower Circular Stanton to Snowshill
BanburyCornwell-Chastleton-MWS Long-Compton-MWS Rollright-Stones-WOW Rollright-Stones
From Banbury, travel north along the B4100 Warwick Road, for approx. 4 miles, before taking the 2nd of the two turnings, signposted Shotteswell, into the road called First Turn. Continue into the village bearing left. Pass a red phone box on your left-hand side. Suncroft is on the right, opposite a narrow track, just before you begin to descend the hill.
The closest train station is Banbury (5 miles) on the Chiltern Railway Line, with direct trains to London Marylebone (approximately a 1-hour journey).
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Suncroft has a gated driveway with room for two cars, parked one behind the other. Free on-street parking is also available in front of the cottage.