This enchanting bolthole at the centre of Charlbury is a wonderful Cotswold sanctuary for a couple to escape to. Its town centre location makes it easy to walk to the town’s pubs, shops and the railway station, yet it is tucked away down a quiet, private drive at the heart of one of Charlbury’s most beautiful residences. Once a coach house to Long Meadow - the parent property – Apple Store Cottage has been beautifully refurbished to create a light and spacious, exclusive holiday home with a unique living-dining-kitchen area, complete with a double-sided wood burner, and a sumptuous bedroom with a spa-like shower room. The cottage has a delightful courtyard terrace, and parking for two cars.
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property and reported.
Turn off the main street in Charlbury and then head down a small track which leads to a large wooden gate. As the gates open, you’ll be greeted with a breath-taking setting, with Long Meadow ahead and Apple Store Cottage to the right-hand side, with its beautiful wisteria rambling over the entrance and a pretty courtyard terrace to the front.
This secluded cottage is a stunningly stylish bolthole for two in an amazing location. On the ground floor is an open-plan kitchen-dining-living area, oozing style and comfort of the sort that could easily feature in any interior’s magazine. Sitting between the kitchen-dining room and living room is a fabulous wood burner creating the cosiest of ambiances during the cooler months, while French doors open to the courtyard garden and bring the outside in. Upstairs is a unique and romantic bedroom, with a super king-size bed and an adjoining shower room with a double-width, walk-in shower.
To the front of Apple Store Cottage, which is draped in roses and wisteria, is a gravel drive and a charming courtyard garden, which is accessed through the living room’s French doors. The courtyard has a table, two chairs, a garden bench and parasol and is an idyllic spot to sit outside and enjoy a drink or meal at any time of day. The cottage is in the heart of Charlbury, within five minutes’ walk of great pubs and eateries, and on the doorstep of some superb walking, yet it is so tucked away you could easily be in a rural setting enjoying the pretty courtyard garden on sunny days and summer evenings.
Step in through the front door into the spacious open-plan kitchen-dining-living area, with its stunning rustic-chic styling. A rush mat and freestanding coat stand are provided for guests to hang coats and remove boots and shoes, ready to start their getaway. At every turn there are unique touches that set this romantic bolthole apart from the crowd.
This delightful space features a dining table with two chairs placed centrally on the flagstone floor, to one side of a double-sided wood burning stove that’s shared with the living room. The fully equipped kitchen has every amenity needed for a self-catering stay, including a dishwasher, oven/hob, microwave, fridge-freezer - all set into shaker-style units with striking slate-grey worktops, plus a washer-dryer that’s been cleverly hidden away under the stairs.
The perfect combination of classic and contemporary Cotswold furniture and accessories, all beautifully styled by the owner, have created this wonderfully rejuvenating space. Here you can sit and relax on the three-seater sofa or armchair in front of the wood burning stove, read a book or watch a film on the smart TV, or open the French doors and let the sounds and fragrances of the garden drift in. A large sisal rug covers the flagstone floor, adding an extra cosy feel, with reading lamps and occasional tables providing the finishing touch.
Carpeted stairs with a banister lead up to the bedroom and shower room.
The super-spacious bedroom has an intriguing interior, combining architectural-chic styling alongside a warm and inviting, romantic ambiance. It features a super-king size bed with a sleigh back headboard that rests against a three-quarter height wall with shaker-style panelling, which cleverly conceals a dressing area with a hanging rail and an antique chest of drawers. Original touches include two wrought iron benches with cushions and the wood burner stack, which emerges through the original wooden floorboards from the living area below and is surrounded by a custom-built ‘cage’. A captain’s chair and table with a lamp provides a lovely spot to sit and read, write or relax. The bedroom overlooks the courtyard garden below and the mature trees and lawn between the cottage and the owners’ home.
The beautifully light and spacious shower room features Shaker-style panelling, the original stone wall, stripped oak floorboards and a double-width, walk-in shower with a rainfall and handheld shower head. The wash basin is set in a custom-built vanity unit made from a cleverly upcycled chest of drawers, with two mirrors above and a heated handrail to one side. The wide windowsill provides plenty of space to store personal items.
Immediately in front of the cottage is a small but delightful, English cottage garden, with a pebble and paving stone terrace surrounded by planted borders and overlooking the owners’ front lawn, apple tree and flower beds. The cottage garden is separated from the owners’ lawn by an original, antique railing. Relax outside at the dining table, or sit under the parasol, with just the sound of bees and birds to accompany you – all so surprising with it being in the centre of Charlbury. The terrace is accessed through the living area’s French doors. To the side of the terrace is a parking space for two cars.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom with a super king-size bed
1 shower room with walk-in shower, WC
Parking for 2 cars
No dogs or pets
Courtyard patio surrounded by lawn, trees and shrubs
Fireplace with wood burner – 2 nights of logs and kindling supplied (extra wood for two nights can be purchased from owner for £6)
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: 100 Acre liquid hand soap and shower wash, and toilet paper
Heating and hot water with underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs
Heos sound system
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, cafetiere, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
Garden furniture: table, chairs and bench
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Charlbury has a very well-stocked Cooperative Food Store (with a car park), selling a wide range of food and drinks. There is also a Londis convenience store in the town and the Charlbury Deli on Market Street. For larger supermarkets head to Witney (7 miles) where there is a Waitrose, and a Marks & Spencer Food Hall, or Chipping Norton (8 miles) where there is a Sainsbury’s Local, a Cooperative Food Store, Aldi and Marks & Spencer Food Hall.
Other food shopping experiences: Charlbury Farmer’s Market: OX7 3RJ. 2nd Saturday – March – June – September – December (9am-1pm)
Diddly Squat Farm Shop (Jeremy Clarkson): open every Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays (9.30am-4.30pm)
The Bull Inn at Charlbury (200 metres)
The Hare at Milton under Wychwood (7 miles)
The Chequers at Churchill (8 miles)
Charlbury is in the beautiful Evenlode Valley, surrounded by glorious Cotswold countryside, with walks in every direction, including along the River Evenlode to Ditchley Park mansion. Walkers can also join the meandering Oxfordshire Way, which also passes through Charlbury town, or follow the Finstock and Evenlode Walk - a lovely 5-mile loop that starts from the centre of Charlbury, passes the Cornbury Park Estate (a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest) with a pub about halfway around in Finstock. See www.charlbury.info/walking for this route and others.
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Points of Note
The owners have two dogs, Frank and Peggy, who are super friendly, but please let the owners know on arrival if you are not so keen on dogs.
The cottage has a private driveway with parking for two cars.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Charlbury is a small but lively and vibrant market town that has escaped the hordes of Cotswold tourists, making it a justifiable member of the ‘Undiscovered Cotswold Club’, yet it is only an hour from London by train and just 15 minutes’ drive from Soho Farmhouse. The town is full of historic 17th- and 18th-century buildings, has great pubs, independent shops, a local history museum, and is in a beautiful setting on the meandering River Evenlode with fabulous walking and cycling.
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