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Gladstone Cottage

South Newington

Family Friendly
No Pets
Local Pub
Dating from the mid-1750s this characterful cottage has been thoughtfully extended and now offers a beautifully spacious holiday home for up to eight guests. Traditional features including an inglenook fireplace and wooden beams sit comfortably alongside a spacious kitchen/diner, and an expansive, light-filled living room. Step outside and you’ll find a pretty garden, leading down to the River Swere and an inviting outdoor entertaining space. The outstanding food pub Duck on the Pond is next door and is highly regarded for its tasting menu and home grown produce.
Full Description

Enveloped by a pretty, English cottage garden, Gladstone Cottage offers the best of both worlds with plenty of character from its 1750s origins along with all the modern creature comforts expected in the 21st century. Named after British Prime Minister William Gladstone, who visited in the 1880s, it was previously known as ‘the cottage in barn orchard’. Sleeping eight guests in four bedrooms, Gladstone Cottage is located equidistant between Chipping Norton and Banbury and is perfect for exploring the northern Cotswolds. Centrally located it is the ideal property for groups of friends and family travelling from the north and south of England to meet and spend time together.

On the ground floor, there’s an impressive kitchen/diner, a spacious living room with a built-in bar and a cosy snug with an inglenook fireplace and a wood-burning stove. There is also a full bathroom. Two sets of stairs lead to the first floor. The first flight leads from the living room up to bedrooms one and two. Bedrooms three and four are accessed via the staircase from the snug. Three of the bedrooms boast an ensuite bathroom, whilst bedroom four has easy access to the family bathroom on the ground floor.

Outside living is easy here. The generous garden sweeps down to the River Swere, which forms a natural boundary. There’s a wooden bench perfectly placed to just sit and listen to the peaceful sounds of the water and Mother Nature. Closer to the house is a spacious patio with an outside dining table and chairs to seat eight under a beautiful magnolia tree festooned with fairy lights. It is a magical spot on summer evenings. There are also two outdoor sofas where you can relax with a drink. Keen chefs are welcome to make use of the abundance of fresh herbs including mint, sage, and thyme, that can be found just outside the patio doors. Head through the garden gate in the upper garden to walk to the Duck on the Pond pub next door. Gladstone Cottage also boasts ample parking for five cars.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
Here you’ll find a photographic diary of the restoration work that the owners have undertaken. There’s also a handy bench where you can sit to put your boots on.

This bright and light bathroom has richly coloured deep magenta walls and features a full-size bath with an overhead shower, a unique golden lacquered sink set in an antique dressing table, a toilet, and a heated towel rail.

This cosy second living room showcases the cottage’s original stone flagstones, an inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove, 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’s also a DVD player and a wide choice of DVDs in a large cupboard which also houses plenty of family games. Stairs lead up from the snug to bedrooms 3 and 4 and behind the stairs is a bookcase with a wide choice of novels.

Kitchen/Dining Area:
The dining area features an antique wooden table and chairs to comfortably seat eight guests. A small dresser holds a library of cookery books for any keen chefs. The kitchen is a spacious cooking and socialising area featuring a central island with four barstools and a Rangemaster cooker set into the original inglenook fireplace. This is a room filled with personality with deep plum-coloured walls, rich purple tiling and Moorish mosaic detail and an antique Welsh dresser.

Utility Room:
This useful room houses 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.

Living Room:
This spacious room has a wonderful view across the patio and down the garden to the River Swere. Bi-fold doors open out onto the patio which during the evening is lit by fairy lights draped through the magnolia tree. There is plenty of seating with two four-seater leather sofas, a central coffee table, along with a bar and a wine/beer fridge. Entertainment comes in the form of a 48” flat-screen TV and Bluetooth soundbar.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
This spacious, triple-aspect room, with its delicate crystal chandelier and cream and lilac colour scheme, has superb views down the garden. There is 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. There is also a large, walk-in wardrobe with a trouser press.

Adjoining the master bedroom is a delightful en-suite bathroom. After a day of exploring you can fill the roll-top bath with bubbles and soak to your heart's content. There is a walk-in shower with both a rain shower head and a detachable hand shower, a sink with a mirror above it and a WC. The underfloor heating keeps toes toasty.

Bedroom Two:
The vaulted ceiling of this king-size en-suite bedroom with its wooden beam has been designed with the history of the original cottage in mind. This relaxing room features a mahogany king-size sleigh bed, a large double wardrobe with plenty of hanging space, bedside tables and reading lamps, a dressing table and a large mirror. There is also a single bed with a trundle bed below making it ideal for guests with younger children.

The en-suite shower room features underfloor heating, a walk-in shower with a detachable hand shower, a wash basin, and WC.

Bedrooms three and four are accessed via the wooden staircase from the snug.

Bedroom Three:
Tucked away from the main part of the cottage, the third bedroom has a country cottage feel. There is a double brass bedstead, two large, pine wardrobes to either side of the bed, an antique pine chest of drawers, a bedside chest of drawers with reading lamps and polished wooden floorboards. A large cupboard acts as a storage space or airing cupboard.

The en-suite shower room has a corner shower, WC and basin with a mirror and shaver point.

Bedroom Four:
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 compact, this bedroom has a double wardrobe, bedside tables, and a large mirror. Guests staying in this room have easy access down the stairs to the ground floor bathroom.


As you turn onto Gladstone Cottage’s driveway, you’ll be greeted with a lovely view across the garden. The River Swere forms a natural border at the bottom of the garden and a thoughtfully placed wooden bench is an idyllic spot to sit. There is a large patio with a table and chairs to seat 8, which is perfect for alfresco dining, along with two outdoor sofas and a coffee table. There is parking for 5 cars.

Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - King-size
  • Bedroom Three - Double
  • Bedroom Four - Double
  • 4 Bathrooms - 3 en-suite, 1 family bathroom (ground floor)
  • Hair dryer - 2
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge - US-style Rangemaster
  • Freezer
  • Wine fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - 2 x 48 flat screen TVs in the Snug and Living Room. The Snug TV is connected to Freeview. Both TVs have iPlayer
  • DVD Player
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair
  • Sound system - DOSS Bluetooth speaker


  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 5 cars
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.

Eating Out:
  • 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
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences. 
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted to stay.
  • Unfortunately this property does not permit hen and stag parties, single sex party groups or all adult groups under the age of 25. This property is ideal for family groups.
  • 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.


We had a wonderful weekend break. A beautiful cottage and very well-appointed.

| 03/11/2023

Very enjoyable and very well appointed.

| 08/09/2023

Stunning Cotswold stone property with a pretty garden. Great amenities, comfy beds and great powerful showers.

| 06/07/2023

Very large cottage and an especially well equipped kitchen.

| 25/05/2023

A beautiful,spacious and light cottage perfect for our family. We all really enjoyed our stay.

| 06/04/2023


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.