Gladstone Cottage is a beautiful and spacious, 4-double bedroom, 4-bathroom home, with two reception rooms, a fabulous kitchen and dining area, extensive garden, with access to the River Swere, and an inviting outdoor entertaining area. The original mid-1750s cottage, with its inglenook fireplace and exposed beams, has been lovingly renovated and is perfectly complemented by a new extension that includes a large living room with a bar. The cottage provides all the facilities needed for a relaxing break in the Cotswolds, with parking for 5 cars, a pub next door and another lovely pub just a mile away.
Gladstone Cottage is a cottage of two parts, with the original rooms dating back to the 1750s and a modern extension added in 2015, providing the perfect combination of history – exposed beams, flagstone flooring, and an inglenook fireplace - and every modern facility and convenience a family or group of friends would need for a Cotswold holiday, including four bathrooms - two with a bath and shower, a bar and two reception rooms, both with TVs. The cottage is conveniently located on the A361, mid-way between Banbury and the popular Cotswold town of Chipping Norton, both 7 miles away.
A pretty English country garden wraps around the cottage from the roadside, providing a tranquil setting for guests to relax and entertain in. The River Swere forms the end boundary of the garden, where guests will find a wooden bench, making it an idyllic spot to sit and watch the water flow and the birds and bugs dart about. There is a beautifully maintained patio, with a round table and seating for 8, positioned under a majestic magnolia tree adorned with fairy lights, making it a magical spot on a summer’s evening. Two outdoor sofas and a coffee table are also provided on the patio, the perfect spot for planning a walk or enjoying the evening sunshine. Conveniently positioned as you step out of the dining area is an abundance of fresh herbs, including mint, sage and thyme, which guests are welcome to use for cooking! A path leads from the upper garden to a garden gate; head through here to walk to the Duck on the Pond pub next door.
To the side of the cottage is a large private parking area with space for five cars.
The first point of entry for guests staying at Gladstone Cottage is the Dining Area (though there is an Entrance Hall and porch at the front of the house, which can also be used – see below):
Stepping into the Dining Area from the patio and the hugely impressive magnolia tree, guests will be immediately struck by the warmth and cosiness of the cottage combined with its chic contemporary touches of colour and lighting.
The dining area features an antique wooden table and chairs to comfortably seat eight guests. A small dresser holds a library of cookery books, available for guests to use.
Just off the Dining Area is a large storage cupboard and the Utility Room with a washer, dryer, iron, ironing board, highchair, cleaning items, a handy hanging rail for drying clothes and plenty of coat hooks and room for muddy walking boots.
Downstairs Family Bathroom:
This bright and light bathroom has richly coloured deep magenta walls and features a full-size bath with an overhead shower, a stunning golden lacquered sink set in an antique dressing table, a toilet and a heated towel rail. (This Bathroom serves as the En-suite to Bedroom 4).
Hallway and Front Porch:
The Hallway is where guests will find a photographic diary of the restoration work carried out by the owners. At the end of the hall is a doorway to the front porch, where there is a handy bench to sit and put your boots on, and front door. Keys for the front door can be found hanging in the hallway to the left of the porch door. The front door leads to a path to the main road and a footpath to the pub next door.
This cosy second living room features the cottage’s original stone flagstones, an inglenook fireplace, with a Woodburner tucked inside it, and exposed timbers and beams. The room is furnished with two double, sink-in leather sofas, a footstool and a pretty antique desk. The Snug has a 48” TV connected to Freeview and iPlayer. There is a DVD player and a wide choice of DVDs in a large cupboard which also houses a huge choice of family games. Stairs lead up from the Snug to Bedroom 3 and 4 (see description below), behind the stairs is a bookcase with a wide choice of novels. (Note: the locked door in the Snug leads to a private room used by the owners).
This beautifully decorated, spacious cooking and socialising area features a central island with four barstools and a Rangemaster cooker set into the original inglenook fireplace. The deep plum-coloured walls and white Shaker-style units perfectly complement the rich purple tiling with its Moorish mosaic detail and the antique Welsh dresser - all offset by the delightful purple fairy lights around the unit tops. Every convenience has been thought of from the underfloor heating to the splendid double fridge, full range of crockery and bakeware and a Bluetooth speaker. The kitchen connects to the Living Room through double doors.
This room is a showstopper with its fantastic view across the patio and down the garden to the River Swere. Bi-fold doors open out on to the patio and the outdoor eating and sitting area, which at night-time are lit by fairy lights draped through the beautiful magnolia tree. The room is furnished with two four-seater, burgundy leather sofas, and a central coffee table, and features a bar with three stools and a wine/beer fridge. There is a 48” flat screen TV with iPlayer. This TV does not connect to Freeview, but does have apps for ITV Hub and 4oD, and if you have Netflix, Wuaki or Amazon subscriptions, you can use these apps with your own login details. The TV automatically connects to the Sound Bar via Bluetooth.
Gladstone Cottage has two staircases, one leading from the Living Room to Bedroom 1 (master with en suite bathroom with roll top bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC) and Bedroom 2 (king-size en suite shower room with shower, basin and WC), and the second staircase leading from the Snug to Bedroom 3 (en suite shower room with shower, basin and WC) and Bedroom 4.
This spacious, triple aspect room, with its opulent crystal chandelier and cream and lilac colourway, has superb views down the garden and over the magnolia tree at the centre of the patio. The room features a king-size, 4-poster, mahogany bed, bedside tables with reading lights, an antique chest of drawers, a triple-mirror dressing table, plus a full-length mirror and deep-pile carpet. At the entrance to the room is a large, walk-in wardrobe with a trouser press. The crowning glory of the master bedroom is the en-suite bathroom, with its enticing roll-top bath set against a relaxing heather background, and the walk-in shower with unusual iridescent purple tiles (the shower has a fixed rain shower head and detachable hand shower). The bathroom has underfloor heating, a sink with a mirror, WC and heated towel rail.
The vaulted ceiling of this king-size en-suite bedroom with its wooden beam has been built with the history, of the original cottage, built in the 1750s. in mind. The taupe colour scheme, with accents of arctic blue, perfectly off-set the mahogany king-size sleigh bed. The bedroom has a large double wardrobe with plenty of covered hangers, bedside tables and reading lamps, a dressing table and a large mirror. The en-suite shower room features underfloor heating, a walk-in shower with a detachable hand shower, basin and WC. (An extra single bed with a trundle bed below is provided in this room, making it ideal for guests with young children who may prefer to be closer to their parents rather than at the other end of the house in Bedroom 3 or 4).
Please note: Bedroom 2 has a mezzanine area that can be accessed by a removable ladder. Access to this area is the sole responsibility of guests and the owners will accept no liability whatsoever from any accidents that may occur due to the use of the ladder or mezzanine area.
Up the staircase from the Snug (take care the stairs are quite narrow and do not have a handrail) to Bedroom 3 and 4
This double en-suite room, tucked away from the main part of the cottage and sitting above the Snug, has a country cottage feel, with highlights of a soothing heather colour. The bedroom features a double, brass bedstead, two large, pine wardrobes to either side of the bed, an antique pine chest of drawers and a bedside chest of drawers with reading lamps and polished wooden floorboards. A large cupboard acts as a storage space or airing cupboard, as it has its own radiator. The en-suite shower room has a corner shower, WC and basin with a mirror and shaver’s point.
Bedroom 3 and 4 do not have underfloor heating, instead, they are heated via radiators with thermostat controls.
Mind your head as you take a small step down into the smallest, but sweetest, bedroom in the cottage, featuring a four-poster mahogany double bed. Though small, this bedroom has a double wardrobe, bedside tables and a large mirror. Bedroom four uses the Family Bathroom, just down the stairs, as its en-suite.
As you turn off the main road onto Gladstone Cottage’s driveway, you’ll be greeted with a lovely view across the immaculate parking area to the lawn, flower beds and the little River Swere, which forms the bottom boundary of the garden. A wooden bench has been thoughtfully placed by the river making it an idyllic spot to sit and watch the water flow and the birds and bugs dart about. To the left of the parking area (suitable for up to 5 cars) is a wide and beautifully maintained patio, with a round table and seating for 8 – all positioned under a majestic magnolia tree adorned with fairy lights, making it a magical spot on a summer’s evening. Also arranged on the patio are two outdoor sofas and a coffee table, the perfect spot for planning a walk or enjoying the evening sunshine. Conveniently positioned as you step out of the dining area is an abundance of fresh herbs, including mint, sage and thyme, which guests are welcome to use in their cooking! A path leads from the upper garden to a garden gate; head through here to walk to the Duck on the Pond pub next door. Outdoor, motion-sensitive lighting is located along the paths, guiding guests to the patio and front entrance.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms: 2 king-size ensuite doubles and 2 standard doubles (one ensuite)
4 bathrooms: 3 en-suite, 1 family bathroom (ground floor) – shower mats provided (in bedroom chest of drawers or downstairs bathroom chest of drawers)
2 reception rooms: Snug with TV + woodburner; Living Room with TV and bar
Parking - for up to 5 cars
Large private garden with patio and lawn and access to River Swere (stream)
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for 1st fire
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk, salt and pepper, sauces, oil. Fresh herbs are available in the garden for cooking.
Cleaning Starter Pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags and kitchen paper
Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water via Air Source Heat Pump providing underfloor heating throughout (except Bedrooms 3 plus ensuite and Bedroom 4, which have radiators)
Free Wi-Fi (2 routers to cover whole house)
TVs: 2x 48” flat screen TVs in the Snug and Living Room. The Snug TV is connected to Freeview. Both TVs have iPlayer
DVD player + large selection of DVDs (in Snug)
DOSS Bluetooth speaker (in Kitchen)
Games – a wide choice of family board games
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (blenders, grater, jug, sieve, saucepans) and bread bin
Oven/hob – Rangemaster hob and double oven
Fridge-Freezer – US-style Rangemaster
Wine chiller (in bar area in Living Room)
Washing machine + tumble dryer
Ironing board, iron, indoor washing line/airer, garden rotary line and pegs
Garden furniture – seats 8 around main table, plus 2 sofas and benches
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit
In walking distance of five pubs
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest small general store is 0.8 miles away in the village of Milcombe, where there is also an excellent pub called the Horse & Groom. There is a Co-op store 2 miles away in Bloxham. Nearest Supermarkets are Morrisons (Banbury) 6 miles, Sainsburys (Banbury) 6 miles Aldi (Chipping Norton) 7 miles away, Aldi (Banbury) and Tesco (Banbury) both 7 miles.
Duck on the Pond (next door)
The Boxing Hare (2 miles)
The Falkland Arms (3.3 miles)
There is a circular walk from the village that goes through wonderful countryside and has superb views. The footpath can be found at the side of the Church. Further walks can be found in the guides.
Places to Visit:
Broughton Castle (5.1 miles)
Hook Norton Brewery (6.2 miles)
Whichford Pottery (7.6 miles)
Train - Banbury Station (7 miles) with direct trains to London Marylebone
Taxis - Banbury Station Taxis, 1st Choice Banbury Station Taxis
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
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted to stay.
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.
Parking: Gladstone Cottage has parking for up to 5 cars on a gravelled driveway and parking place by the roadside.
The garden has direct access to the River Swere. We ask that guests with young children are vigilant at all times and that they do not leave children unattended in the garden.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Gladstone Cottage is in a beautiful location, quite central for exploring The Cotswolds. The cottage is spacious with everything you could need and lovely outdoor space. The pub next door is excellent.
We booked Gladstone house for a family celebration for a birthday, mixed group of ages 3-70 and the house suited us perfectly. It really is beautifully appointed. Perfect stay, thank you.
We had an amazing time staying, thank you very much! Perfect location and a beautiful house. Lots to do locally and a comfortable, well equipped house.
Fantastic house, which totally exceeded our expectations. Extremely well catered for in terms of facilities, very clean, lovely big rooms and great location with pub and village a matter of steps away. Would 100% return
Stayed at the cottage for our daughter’s wedding which was being held nearby. Very comfortable, exceptionally clean and the lovely garden was a great bonus especially as the weather was very sunny and warm.
Four good sized bedrooms , 2 reception rooms and a great kitchen with all you need.
South Newington is a delightful village, with pretty cottages and houses built of local limestone. It dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village has a very fine church of considerable size dating back to Norman times, which is dedicated to St Peter ad Vincula ("St Peter in Chains"), only one of 15 in England to be dedicated in this way. Back in the 18th Century the village had four pubs; today, just one, The Duck on the Pond (originally The Wykeham Arms), survives and is very conveniently located next door to Gladstone Cottage! The Cottage is in walking distance, across beautiful Cotswold countryside, of four great country pubs: The Falkland Arms at Great Tew (a 3-mile walk); The George Inn at Barford St Michael (a 2.2-mile walk); The Horse and Groom at Milcombe (a 1-mile walk); and The White Swan at Wigginton (a 2-mile walk). You can find a copy of each walk in the printed Welcome Guide at the cottage.
Perfectly positioned to explore the north Cotswolds and Oxfordshire, there’s plenty on offer right on the doorstep to keep all ages entertained. Head off on an exploration of the pretty Cotswold villages which surround the town or take a cultural day trip to nearby Oxford or Stratford-Upon-Avon; the possibilities are endless.
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