Farthingdales | Burford, Cotswolds | Self-Catering Holiday
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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.
Full Description
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.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
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.

Kitchen/Dining Area:
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.

Living Area:
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.)

Boot Room:
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.

First Floor

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.

Bedroom One:
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.

Bedroom Two:
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


  • Bedroom One - Super-king
  • Bedroom Two - Twin with 2'6
  • 2 Bathrooms - 1 family shower room, 1 family bathroom with bath/shower over (ground floor)
  • Hair dryer - 1
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 25-49 Mbps
  • TV - Smart
  • Sound system - Alexa dot


  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Parking - Limited on-street parking and free car park 3-minute walk
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.

Eating Out:
  • 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.

Places to Visit:
  • Burford Garden Centre (1 mile)
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park (3 miles)
  • Witney Blanket Hall (7.5 miles)
  • Train - Shipton-under-Wychwood (8 miles); Charlbury (8.5 miles)
  • Taxis - Blenheim Taxis; Burford Taxis; Charlie’s 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. 
  • 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 Wi-Fi signal is strong.
  • The pathway which runs along the rear of the cottages enables all residents to access their garden plots and must be kept clear at all times. 
  • Parking – on street (limited) plus free public car park (3-minute walk)


Our stay here was very relaxing which was just what we wanted. Very comfortable beds, lovely hot baths, and a great log fire. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet.

| 21/11/2023

It was a true pleasure to stay with our family of 4 in this lovely cottage. The interior is so high-end in every detail with a classic Cotswolds look and feel. Also, the location in Burford is perfect with all the amenities and some nice local pubs only a few steps away!

| 25/10/2023

We felt at home the moment we stepped through the door. The location was amazing, so very central yet quiet. The property has so many thoughtful and helpful inclusions. The kitchen was very well stocked, with lovely touches including the Blenheim Palace bottled waters, lemon drizzle cake, fresh milk and Nespresso pods. Parking was easy and we had a space outside the cottage each day. This place has so much character and is beautifully furnished. An added bonus is that it is in the L S Lowry painting of the Burford Church. It was an absolutely lovely stay and we hope to return.

| 20/10/2023

My husband and I stayed at Farthingdales for 4 nights. We both wished we stayed for longer! The cottage was just as described, very cosy, comfortable, clean and very well located. It had everything we needed. Booking the cottage and check-in were easy. We’ll definitely come back for a longer stay!

| 09/10/2023

My husband and I stayed at Farthingdales for 4 nights. We both really wished we had stayed longer! The cottage was just as described,it was very cosy with comfortable beds,very clean and perfectly located. It had everything we needed.Booking and check-in were easy. We’ll definitely come back for a longer stay!

| 25/09/2023


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.