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Armada Cottage


Family Friendly
Romantic Retreat
No Pets
Local Pub
Boasting ancient timbers thought to come from a ship that sailed the high seas during the Spanish Armada and laying firm claim to being one of the oldest buildings in Charlbury, there is so much more to Armada Cottage than first meets the eye. Behind the outwardly traditional stone façade lies an utterly delightful retreat filled with earthy hues and natural tones. Elegant styling and sleek lines allow the original features and natural charm of the cottage to shine. Set over three floors, you’ll find a cosy living room and contemporary kitchen on the ground floor, a beautiful king-size bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a simply gorgeous master suite on the top floor with a super-king-size bed and roll-top bath. Hidden behind is a pretty walled courtyard, where you can linger over morning coffee and warm pastries or reflect on a great day of exploring as the sun sets over the yard arm.
Full Description
Close to the heart of Charlbury, Armada Cottage is Grade II listed and, together with its neighbour, is one of the oldest buildings in town. Parts date from the 1400s, and when you step through the door, you’ll find a host of original features and character by the bucket load. Exposed stone walls, ancient beams and floor timbers combine with thoughtful design, encompassing all the creature comforts needed for a memorable stay.

The simple styling of the living room perfectly showcases the character of the cottage. Timber floors, beams and thick stone walls create a cosy and relaxing room. Tucked under the window is a dining table to seat four, whilst the autumn-hued-velvet sofa invites you to relax with a good book, or a film on the Smart TV, which is cunningly hidden in the corner cupboard by the fire. The beautiful kitchen combines polished styling with original features and has everything needed for a self-catering stay. Two delightful bedrooms occupy the first and second floors, along with two bathrooms.

Outside space comes in the form of a Cotswold stone-walled courtyard. This sunny spot is perfect for lazy afternoons or alfresco dining. There is a wrought-iron table and chairs and a charcoal barbecue. Charlbury Railway station is a short walk away, if you’re bringing a car, on-street parking is available.

Ground Floor

This beautifully finished room features terracotta and black quarry stone tiles, exposed stone walls and an original fireplace. There’s a full oven, hob, dishwasher, and a fridge hidden behind sleek white cupboards, the window through to the living room shows the sturdy construction of the property parts of which date to 1489. From the kitchen, there is a door to the charming courtyard garden.

Living Room:
Ceiling timbers and rugged stone walls flank a restful room. Enjoy cosy meals at the dining table, which fits snugly under the window, and curl up on the sofa for a night with a film. The Smart TV is in the corner cupboard by the fireplace. You’ll also find a selection of games in the cupboard under the window.

First Floor

The first bathroom is a spacious shower room with a step-in shower cubicle, hand basin and WC. There’s plenty of natural light from the large window and you can expect the same high levels of attention to detail found throughout the rest of Armada Cottage. Behind the brace and latch door, you’ll also find the washing machine.

Bedroom Two:
Boasting dark floor timbers, a king-size bed made up with crisp white linens, and the bright pops of colour coming from the cushions and throws, this lovely room offers space to relax and enjoy a restful night’s sleep after a day of exploring. There’s plenty of storage and a window seat where you can perch and watch the world go by. The high ceiling adds to the feeling of space.

Second Floor

Bedroom One:
The top floor of Armada Cottage is home to the master suite. With its vaulted, beamed ceiling, super-king size bed and in-bedroom claw foot bath, this is a space for the romantics amongst you. There is also a hand basin and WC on this floor.


Tucked away behind Armada Cottage is an enchanting walled courtyard. In the summer, fragrant climbing roses scramble over the weather-worn Cotswold stone walls, when the weather is kind this lovely space becomes a real suntrap. Take your time over leisurely meals cooked on the charcoal barbecue or just enjoy your morning coffee in the fresh air. There is no allocated parking space however on-street parking is freely available.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - Super king-size bed (can be a twin on request)
  • Bedroom Two - King-size bed
  • 2 Bathrooms - 1st floor shower room with hand basin and WC, 2nd floor roll top bath, hand basin and WC
  • Hair dryer - 2
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - 3 Smart
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)


  • Garden - Courtyard
  • BBQ - Charcoal - initial supply of charcoal is provided
  • Parking - On street parking
On your Doorstep
Farm shops, delis, and shopping: Charlbury is a thriving market town with an excellent deli and a range of independent shops. Daylesford Organic offering an impressive farm shop, deli, homewares ang dining is around a 20-minute drive. There is also a farmer’s market held quarterly on the 2nd Saturday in March, June, September, and December from 9am to 1pm.

Eating Out:
  • The Bull, Charlbury – sunny garden, good selection of beer and a great menu – bookings needed for the restaurant. (0.2 miles)
  • Charlbury Deli and Cafe, Charlbury – Good coffee and a sunny garden. Excellent selection of food (0.2 miles)
  • The Swan, Ascott-under-Wychwood – 16th-century inn with flagstone floors and open fires. Excellent local menu. (4 miles)
  • Royal Oak, Ramsden – Grade II listed 17th-century village inn with great food (excellent seasonal small plates if you don’t want to book for the restaurant) and a lovely garden. Lovely pub regardless of the time of year. (4.5 miles)
  • The Bell, Langford – Fantastic food, you must book in advance but well worth the drive (15 miles)
Walks: The Evenlode Valley is crisscrossed with footpaths and there are some wonderful walks to enjoy. Walkers can also join the meandering Oxfordshire Way, which passes through Charlbury town, the Salt Way (an old drove road) 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.

Places to Visit:
  • Chipping Norton - thriving Cotswold market town with a lido and the Living Room Cinema (6 miles)
  • Soho Farmhouse - Cotswold outpost of the elite London members-only club (8 miles)
  • Woodstock/Blenheim Palace – pretty market town and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill (8 miles)
  • Cogges Manor Farm – fabulous day out for the family (8.5 miles)

  • Train - Charlbury railway station (0.4 miles) has a frequent and direct service to Oxford and London Paddington.
  • Taxis - Charlbury Taxis; Evenlode Valley Travel
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences.
  • The fireplace in the cottage is not currently in use


Delightful cottage with exquisite furnishings and very cosy in a perfect area. Two very good pubs serving good food and the train station are 5 minutes walk away. It's just over an hour on the train into London and we went for the day. Parking is good, we never had to walk more than two minutes back to the cottage.

| 17/11/2023

Everything about the stay was excellent, and I would happily return. The cottage is lovely and perfectly located.

| 10/11/2023

The decision was made to spend our annual girlie weekend in the Cotswolds for a long overdue catch-up and some relaxation. I'm so pleased we ditched the hotel option and chose the much more personal Armada Cottage instead. It turned out to be the perfect base to explore the beautiful surroundings and unwind. We found a true gem in both the cottage and Charlbury. The cottage felt luxurious but in an understated way. It was extremely comfortable and beautifully furnished with a personal touch, and with all the luxuries you would expect, from lovely soaps and the softest towels to beautiful crockery and heavenly beds. The village is just the right size with two fantastic pubs, a great deli and a Co-op for everything else you may need. Lovely countryside walks on the doorstep too. Wish we could have stayed a few more days.

| 15/10/2023

We felt like we were on the set of the movies, The Holiday. The cottage is gorgeous with every thoughtful detail made our stay comfortable and memorable.The Co-Op is a short walk away and we went for dinner at The Bull and The Bell both were perfect! Charlbury Station is less than a 20 minute walk with easy access to Oxford, London, Paddington Station and Heathrow. We’ll be back.

| 28/09/2023

Immaculate presentation of this recently refurbished cottage. All the old-world charm retained with every 21st Century comfort you could want. Will return, excellent stay.

| 03/09/2023


Charlbury is a wonderfully vibrant market town that has managed to retain a real sense of place and community spirit. There is an excellent deli and several good pubs within walking distance of Armada Cottage, and wonderful walks from the door. The railway station has a direct line to Oxford and London, so you can even leave the car behind. Soho Farmhouse is only a 15-minute drive, whilst Cotswold hotspots including Burford, Woodstock and Blenheim Palace are all within easy reach.