This enchanting holiday home sits at the heart of Burford’s original Anglo-Saxon development, tucked away down a residential lane, just a minute’s walk from the medieval bridge crossing the River Windrush and all the town’s shops, pubs and restaurants. The cottage was once two properties, with its walls and inglenooks dating back 400 years. Today it is one exquisitely furnished and decorated retreat with an elegant and welcoming open-plan living space, a wood burning stove, two gorgeous bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a hidden garden. The cottage is perfectly situated for exploring the Cotswolds, Blenheim and Oxford.
Farthingdales sits on Lawrence Lane, a no-through road with just four cottages and part of Burford Boarding School, which ends at St John the Baptist Church with its impressive church spire - forever captured by L S Lowry in his Burford Church painting. At the end of the lane is a footpath that passes the church and churchyard, exiting on Church Lane which leads to the River Windrush and a riverside walk. Farthingdales is built from the region’s distinctive, honey-coloured Cotswold stone, with an Art Deco panel in the front door – a nod to the town’s link to the Art & Crafts Movement.
The owner has refurbished and decorated Farthingdales with great style and flair to create a stunning home. On the ground floor is a stylish open-plan kitchen-dining-living area, with a superb inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove, a family bathroom and a boot room. Upstairs, there is a family shower room and two bedrooms, one a spacious master bedroom with a super-king-size bed and a unique bed head made with William Morris design fabrics and the other a delightful twin room with two single beds.
Farthingdales is right in the heart of the oldest part of Burford, tucked away from the visiting crowds. To the rear of the cottage is a very pretty, Cotswold cottage garden with a patio, small lawn with a garden bench, planted borders and a delightful summer house. Guests are provided with a dining table and chairs and a pair of lounging chairs. The east-west orientation of the garden means it has sunshine on it – weather permitting – throughout the day and on into the evening, making it the perfect spot for a morning coffee through to evening drinks.
Step in from Lawrence Lane through the front door, with its bright and colourful Art Deco glass panel, into the stunning open-plan kitchen-living-dining space, featuring the original flagstone floor, exposed beams, inglenook fireplaces with harmonising clay-coloured walls entwined with modern luxury.
Immediately in front of you is the kitchen’s white, quartz-topped breakfast bar with two stylish bar stools and a unique and quirky squirrel climbing down the light flex! To the right side of the breakfast bar, in front of an original stone inglenook, is a beautiful, solid oak dining table with comfy seating for all. Alongside the table there’s a drinks station with a Nespresso machine, and a microwave above kitchen cabinets housing a fridge, freezer and washing machine.
The kitchen’s breakfast bar leads around to a fully equipped cooking and preparation area, with an oven and hob, dishwasher, wine fridge and Thomas Denby stone sink. A back door, with another colourful Art Deco glass panel, opens to the patio and garden.
This beautiful living area is at once stylish and cosy. It features a wood burning stove within an original inglenook fireplace, with a custom-built brass and leather fender – the perfect spot to sit and warm up on a cold winter’s night. To one side of the fireplace is a wing-back armchair and to the other a Smart TV, while a reproduction chest acts as a coffee table and store for board games. In the far corner there’s a charming, cushioned window seat – once the doorway of one of the original cottages - with books and a reading lamp. Two comfy sofas, on a woven jute rug, provide plenty of space for relaxing in front of the fire while watching the TV or reading. At the foot of the stairs is a custom-built oak hall bureau with a lamp, mirror and pretty leaf dish – the ideal place to keep keys and phones.
Double, paned doors open from the dining area end of the cottage into a light and bright family bathroom, which features a full-size bath with central taps and a shower above with a rain effect shower head and hand-held shower. In addition, there is a vanity unit with a large wash basin with a touch light mirror and a shaver point to one side, a toilet, and a heated towel rail. A three-pane window (with a blind) overlooks the side courtyard. (The bathrooms doors are lockable and have tapestry curtains. These can be hung on the dining area wall to allow light through when the doors are closed, and the bathroom is not in use, or can be hooked onto the doors for privacy when using the bathroom.)
Continuing through the bathroom, guests will find a handy boot room with hooks to hang coats, plenty of space to keep boots and shoes, and a butler’s sink. A delightful window seat with beautiful cushions and curtains provides the perfect spot to get ready for the outdoors or simply sit and contemplate the day ahead or the day just enjoyed. A tall cupboard houses the iron, ironing board while the vacuum is under the lift-up seat. A door leads out to garden.
A carpeted staircase with a handrail leads up to the landing where there is a beautiful light hanging over the stairs and the famous L.S. Lowry print of Lawrence Lane on the wall.
This gorgeous bedroom has a strikingly tall ceiling and features a super king-size bed, with bedside tables and reading lamps, set against a custom-built, extra tall bedhead with William Morris fabric panels; so synonymous of the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1800s that was so strong in this area. The bedroom is also furnished with a wardrobe, chest of drawers-cum-dressing table with a large mirror above and a reclining armchair and has bedside sockets with USB points. It has a low, triple-pane window framed by sumptuous, lined curtains and a window seat where you can sit and watch the quiet life of Lawrence Lane going by below.
The pale-mint walls, burnt orange velvet bedheads and antique, mahogany furniture give Farthingdales’ twin bedroom a richly Victorian feel. The bedroom is furnished with two single beds (2’6”), with a bedside table and two lamps (and bedside sockets with USB points), an antique dressing table with drawers and an antique wardrobe with plenty of hanging space. This bedroom also has a low, triple pane window with a window seat and beautiful, lined curtains framing this retreat within a retreat.
Family Shower Room:
The compact but fully fitted shower room features a walk-in shower with a detachable shower head and three safety handles, a washbasin with a large mirror with a touch light and LED/Bluetooth speaker, a toilet, a vanity unit with two shaver points and a heated towel rail. Look out for the gorgeous, hare robe hooks on the back of the door.
The cottage has a charming, east-west orientated garden, making it a fabulous suntrap on sunny days, which is accessed through the rear door off the kitchen or through the boot room. Cross the little gravel path and head through the gate marked with a number ‘3’ and into the patio area (where you’ll also see the outside of what was once an ancient saddlery), and then to a lawn surrounded by mature borders with a summer room at the far end. Take a seat on the garden bench and enjoy the sound of the famous church bells, eat al fresco on the patio or enjoy the outdoors, protected from the elements, wrapped up in one of the garden blankets or inside the garden room.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms: 1 super-king size bedroom and 1 twin bedroom with two 2’6” singles
2 bathrooms: 1 family shower room, 1 family bathroom with bath/shower over (ground floor)
Parking – on street (limited) plus free public car park (3-minute walk)
Private enclosed garden with patio, lawn and summer house
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
* Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Burford has a very well-stocked Mid-Counties Co-operative just three minutes’ walk from the cottage. The town also has some excellent independent food shops, including W.J Castle butcher’s shop, Bumbles of Burford deli and fruit & veg shop, Hanley Deli, The Cotswold Cheese Company and the Bakery on the Hill. For a bigger shop, head to Carterton (4 miles) for Morrisons and Asda or to Witney (7 miles) for Waitrose, M&S Food Hall and Sainsburys.
The Highway Inn, Burford (0.2 miles)
The Angel at Burford (0.2 miles)
Burford Garden Centre Café, Burford (1 mile)
Upton Smokery, Nr Burford (1.8 miles)
Burford is surrounded by fantastic walking. To stretch your legs on arrival, you could take a short, circular stroll around the churchyard and along the path following the River Windrush and back. Once settled in, try a five-mile walk out of Burford to Great and Little Barrington along the Windrush Valley and back again, or do a two-hour circular walk taking in Fulbrook and Woodford.
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
Additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
Children between the ages of 1 and 10 are not accepted at the cottage, this is because the bedroom windows are floor height and do not have security fixings.
Mobile reception is poor inside the property due to the very thick walls; however, the WiFi signal is strong.
The neighbours have shared access to the path that runs along the rear of the cottage (to allow them to take out their bins).
St John the Baptist church bells ring every hour, which is an endearing feature that most guests quickly get used to. The bells are also rung on Sunday mornings, Tuesday evenings and when there is a wedding.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
t's a wonderful cottage and was equipped with everything anyone could need for a break in Burford. The location is perfect for the local shops and pubs. We were able to park outside the cottage whenever we needed to.
The whole house including the bathrooms and kitchen were spotlessly clean. The furnishings are lovely and have been chosen with care.
Relaxing garden and we loved the church bells.
Quintessentially English. Extremely homely with outstanding finishes in a beautiful village. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What a wonderful stay we had in Farthingdales. The cottage had been furnished to a very high standard and was in a fabulous location. Don’t be put off with the potential need to park in the nearby car park. It is a very short walk away, and pleasant enough. Hikes, pubs, shops are all just a short walk away. The Cotswolds Wildlife Park was an excellent day out, as was the visit to Bourton-on-the-Water.
Farthingdales is new to Bolthole Retreats for 2022.
Burford is one of the ‘Gateways to the Cotswolds’ and one of the most beautiful towns in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From its rich history to the beautiful architecture, Burford is a popular Cotswold destination for tourists from all over the world, no matter what time of year. The much photographed, sloping high street provides perhaps one of the most iconic streetscapes of the Cotswolds, greeted at the bottom by the charming River Windrush and medieval bridge. With plenty of shops, pubs and cafes waiting to be discovered, Burford is the perfect Cotswold town to explore over a weekend, with the nearest train station and taxis in Charlbury, just 8.5 miles away. It also makes a great base for longer stays, taking in visits to Blenheim Palace and Oxford to the east (20 miles) and the northern Cotswolds to the west.
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