Brown’s Cottage, in the historic Cotswold village of Charlbury, is a 3-story, 3-bedroom (sleeps 5), 2-bathroom luxury townhouse, with an enclosed, private patio for outdoor dining and relaxation. The cottage’s 17th century features - oak doors, inglenook fireplace, internal exposed stone walls and oak beams - have been lovingly restored and perfectly compliment the modern amenities and beautiful palette of natural colours and textures. Charlbury, is a lively market town with great pubs, independent shops, a deli, a local history museum and fantastic walking from the front door through the beautiful Evenlode Valley.
Brown’s Cottage is a handsome, 17th Century, three-story, terraced Cotswold stone townhouse that sits on Brown’s Lane, a quiet road running down to the centre of the small market town of Charlbury. To the rear is a short path leading to a tall garden gate, through which is the cottage’s secluded patio.
Conveniently located just a minute’s walk from the centre of the village and ten minutes’ walk from Charlbury train station (built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1853), the cottage is on a residential road, with a small leafy park to one side, free on-street parking and a well-stocked food store across the road.
Step through the front door and you’ll instantly feel the warmth, history and style of the cottage. The owners have perfectly blended the gorgeous interior design, luxury furnishings and amenities with the cottage’s historic features. Guests will instantly notice the nod to the owner’s travels, with beautiful and interesting objet d’art throughout the cottage from the African continent. A spacious living room greets you, with the original inglenook fireplace and comfy armchairs to one end and a sofa and smart TV to the other. Head through into the delightful light and bright kitchen and dining area, with French doors to the patio. Upstairs are two spacious, king-size bedrooms, one ensuite, a single room and a luxury shower room.
Step through the front door from Brown’s Lane into the welcoming Living Room. (A thick curtain is thoughtfully provided to draw across the front door on winter evenings.)
The Living Room:
You will be immediately struck by the spacious yet cosy feel of this beautifully stylish room, with its exposed Cotswold stone wall at both ends and exposed timbers running the length of the room. To one end is the original inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove and two large armchairs, perfectly positioned to curl up by the fire and relax or read, while to the other end is a three-seater sofa, coffee table and custom-built dresser housing the smart TV, extra drinks glasses and lots of novels and travel books. The Living Room has sisal flooring, perfectly blending with the tone of the fabrics and Cotswold stone, which continues upstairs to the bedrooms.
The Kitchen-Dining Area:
From the Living Room pass through an oak door into the delightful Kitchen-Dining Area. The kitchen is fully equipped to serve every need for cooks and chefs staying at Browns, from the Blanco stone sink to the Smeg appliances and Neff oven. The polished stone floor is softened with a large seagrass mat, while plenty of wall and ceiling lighting make the white stone kitchen surfaces a light and bright cooking space.
Beside the kitchen is the dining area set in a gorgeous bright and light extension with a lantern roof and a huge wicker lampshade, making this a fantastic space for entertaining and dining. An antique, rectangular table comfortably seats five guests on three chairs and a bench seat running along the window, looking out to the patio. (Outdoor cushions can be found under the bench.) An attractive upcycled antique sideboard houses serving plates, bowls, jugs and tableware.
At the far end of the Kitchen-Dining Area is a sliding oak door behind which is an Aladdin’s Cave of appliances and household items, including the microwave, washing machine, dryer, ironing board, iron, clothes airer, and a large stone sink. A large window looks out from the Utility Room to the patio.
To one side of the Kitchen at the foot of the stairs, with the French windows opening to the patio, is a lovely space furnished with a beautiful antique desk and captain’s chair and reading lamp. It’s the perfect place to work or plan the day’s activities and leave maps, and books, and charge up personal devices.
Wooden stairs with a runner and bannister lead up to three bedrooms and the family shower room
Bedroom 1 – Attic Master Bedroom:
At the top of the house (up two floors, in the converted attic), is the master bedroom with a king-size bed and ensuite bathroom. The sloping ceiling of this bedroom, with the black-iron, Victorian-style bedframe and sisal carpet creates the feeling of being on a luxury safari. The dual aspect views, to the front over the rooftops and to the rear over the patio, makes this is a light and bright bedroom. Furnished with bedside tables, reading lamps an antique dressing table, Lloyd Loom chair and a hanging rail, with a high windowsill adorned with beautiful decorative ornaments but leaving plenty of space for personal items too.
Bedroom 1 - Ensuite Bathroom:
To one end of the master bedroom, through a latched oak door, is the bathroom with full-size bath with hand shower, Burlington wash basin with mirror and lights, W.C., heated towel rail and a Velux window perfectly positioned so guests can relax in the bath and gaze up at the stars.
The second double room is spacious, bright and light and features a king-size double bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, an exposed Cotswold stone wall and two window seats, overlooking Brown’s Lane. To one end is a lovely seating area with an antique dressing table, chair and lamp, double wardrobe and a wicker armchair – a delightfully relaxing place to retreat to for a snooze or read.
This single bedroom is furnished with a full-size, slightly raised, single bed, with a reading light and storage underneath, while a chest of drawers and hooks are provided to store and hang clothing. (The cupboard houses the boiler.) Note: bedroom 3 is a small room (3m x 1.69m), so my not be comfortable for tall or larger guests.
Immediately opposite the top of the first flight of stairs is the luxury shower room, featuring beautiful floor tiling, a large walk-in shower with overhead rain shower, two Burlington wash basins with mirrors, a toilet, a heated towel rail and a small armchair.
Step out through the French doors in the kitchen/study area to a delightful courtyard/patio that's a real suntrap when the sun shines. This is a completely private and secluded space with a bistro table and chairs and a bench seat that faces towards the kitchen, the perfect place to perch with the French doors open and chat to the cook busily working in the kitchen. A Weber charcoal BBQ is provided for guests' use. A back gate with a latch on the inside only leads from the courtyard patio to Pooles Lane and the adjacent park.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms across 2 king-size double bedrooms and 1 single bedroom
2 luxury bathrooms: 1 en-suite bathroom, 1 family shower room
Parking – free on-street parking
Private enclosed patio
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for 2 fires.
Luxury bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel
Hot water and heating with individual thermostat controls
TV – 38” Smart TV
Bluetooth sound system
Games and books
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (stick blender, grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Oven/hob – Neff single oven and 4-ring gas hob
Microwave (in utility room)
Fridge-Freezer (in utility room)
Washing machine (in utility room)
Dryer (in utility room)
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer (in utility room)
Vacuum cleaner (in utility room)
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 5
BBQ – Weber charcoal – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Just across the road is a very well-stocked Co-operative food store, selling a wide range of food and drinks. There is also a Londis convenience store10 minutes’ walk away and the Charlbury Deli on Market Street, 2 minutes’ walk away. For larger supermarkets head to Witney where there is a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and a Marks & Spencer Food Hall.
The Rose and Crown (150 metres)
The Bull Inn (0.5 miles)
The Old Shed (1 mile)
Charlbury is in the beautiful Evenlode Valley, surrounded by glorious Cotswold countryside. To the south west is the remainder of the ancient Wychwood Forest, part of which now makes up the estate of Cornbury Park. A public footpath skirts past the Park, giving walkers a glimpse of the parkland and herds of deer and other wildlife. Or walk eastwards from Charlbury, along bridleways running alongside the Evenlode river to Ditchley Park mansion. Walkers can also join the meandering Oxfordshire Way, which also passes through Charlbury town or follow the Finstock & Evenlode Walk - a fabulous 5-mile loop that starts from the centre of the town, with a pub about halfway round in Finstock. See www.charlbury.info/walking for this route and others.
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
Parking: Free on-street parking
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Very comfortable large home which is very tasteful ,ideal for a base for Oxford
The house is perfectly located, easy to find and is well equipped in the bathrooms as well as the kitchen. The communication and instructions were prompt and clear. Our family of 5 had a great time there.
Marc - September 2021
An attractively modernised cottage that was a good base for walks in the attractive Cotswold countryside around Charlbury. The weather was sunny and we were able to use the BBQ in the courtyard garden.
Richard - September 2021
Browns cottage was very comfortable and spacious, well located near the centre of Charlbury and only a ten minute walk from the train station.
There was a great shower with lovely toiletries and the beds were comfortable,
Alastair - August 2021
The cottage is lovely, lovely furnishings, very comfortable beds.
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 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 walks in every direction, including around the Charlbury Circular Route and along The Oxfordshire Way and The Cotswold Way.
You will find local interest brochures and maps at the cottage, providing plenty of inspiration for places to visit and things to do.
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