Hillside Cottage is a beautiful, 17th-century retreat in a private and tranquil location, with an elevated position overlooking glorious Cotswold countryside. Sleeping up to 4 guests across 3 bedrooms (1 standard double, 1 small double, 1 single) with 2.5 bathrooms: 1 ensuite - bath with over-bath power shower), 1 family bathroom (with power shower), and 1 downstairs W.C. (with toilet and sink). The cottage has a big, open fireplace, a delightful, private garden, is dog-friendly, and is within walking distance of a great pub.
With a population of less than 200 people, the Cotswold village of Swerford, home to Hillside Cottage, is the place to go if you want to get away from it all. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the cottage’s honey-coloured stone exterior, perfectly framed by the climbing wall plants and secluded garden. The interior boasts some beautiful period features and beamed ceilings, as well as a host of unique antique treasures. Once inside, you will experience the cottage’s seamless fusion of contemporary design with a quintessentially English country feel. The walls display pops of colour and a fascinating art collection, intermixed with all the features and comforts required to ensure your stay is as perfect as possible. As its name suggests, Hillside Cottage enjoys an elevated position over the rest of the village. Look out the window, and you’ll be met with the sight of nothing but rolling green fields and the odd charming rooftop.
This three-bedroom cottage sleeps 4 guests, making it the perfect property for a country break with friends or family. (Note: Hillside is not suitable for babies and young children.) Literature lovers will adore the sitting room at Hillside cottage with its extensive collection of books. Nothing beats curling up in one of the cosy armchairs next to the roaring open fire (logs provided) with a good read in this magical location. If you’re feeling inspired by your surroundings to put pen to paper yourself, you can use the antique writing desk in the entrance hall with its beautiful view into the garden!
Stepping through the cottage’s traditional porch is the entrance hall, you will find this a bright and vibrant space thanks to its eye-catching yellow walls, white-washed beamed ceiling and light-filled windows. If you’re feeling inspired by your surroundings to put pen to paper yourself, you can use the antique writing desk in the entrance hall with its beautiful view into the garden, and the perfect spot to unwind with a peaceful morning cuppa.
The Living Room:
Heading through the entrance hall you’ll enter the cottage’s main living space, with its striking egg-yolk yellow walls, which provide a lively juxtaposition to the rich heritage of this 17th-Century cottage. Sink into the comfy blue sofa and big armchairs while you enjoy the huge floor-to-ceiling library of books, the eclectic paintings, and the big stone fireplace - the centrepiece of the room (logs provided). With a front-facing window overlooking the garden, this snug hideaway offers the perfect space to relax, no matter what the weather. Literature lovers will adore the sitting room at Hillside cottage.
The Kitchen/Dining Area:
Hillside Cottage has a charmingly traditional kitchen and dining space. The vibrant pillar-box red kitchen walls make for the perfect backdrop against some of the quirky takes on traditional country kitchen utilities. A deep Belfast-style sink, curtained cupboard space and country antique furniture add to the kitchen's rural feel, whilst a new electric AGA, large Smeg fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine ensure you have all the mod-cons you need for a comfortable stay. The dining area has an antique oak dining table seating up to 6, the ideal spot for leisurely meals where you can discuss plans for the day. The kitchen is a fantastic communal space and very well-equipped if you’re looking to cook whilst you’re away. Sit around the antique wooden dining table and absorb the Cotswold views and morning sunlight through the large bay window.
Tucked around the corner from the entrance hall is a downstairs cloakroom with toilet and washbasin - a great addition to a cottage of this size.
Head up the winding staircase from the cottage’s entrance hall to find the three bedrooms of the house, sleeping up to 4 adults comfortably in softly furnished, pastel-hued bedrooms.
The en-suite master double room sits at the top of a spacious landing and has an attractive white-panelled ceiling and postcard-worthy view, framed by pretty floral curtains and pelmet. The en-suite bathroom features a bathtub, with over-bath power shower, WC, and wash basin.
Next door to Bedroom 1 is the cottage’s second bedroom, perfect for younger guests or adults travelling solo. Quaint and charming in equal measure, with a single bed, calming pale blue-green walls, a writing desk and clever hidden storage for clothes.
The final bedroom of the house is found at the end of the landing, housing a cosy, small double bed, ideal for a guest who likes a bigger-than-single bed. Decorated with cornflower blue hues and an impressive collection of paintings. The window overlooks the gardens below.
A small family bathroom can be found next to Bedroom 3, making good use of a small space with a single power shower, toilet and basin.
Vibrant flora and lavender frame the cottage’s frontage, while across the driveway sits your very own private garden space, entered through a honeysuckle-covered pergola in classic Secret Garden style. The garden has a swing, picnic table and benches - the perfect spot for a summer-evening supper. Guests staying during the autumn may pick their own fruit from the garden’s apple and plum trees.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 3 bedrooms across 1 en-suite master double, 1 small double, 1 single
Bathrooms: 1 ensuite (bath with over-bath power shower), 1 family bathroom with power shower, 1 downstairs W.C. with toilet and wash basin
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Parking for 2 cars
Log fire - complimentary logs provided for one fire
Kitchen Starter Pack (for first night/day): teabags, coffee (ground), milk.
Cleaning Starter Pack (for 2 nights): dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper
Bathroom starter pack (for 2 nights): hand soap and toilet paper (minimum 2 rolls)
Fully equipped kitchen with kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (tumblers, wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans), bread bin.
Parking: Please use the car park at the bottom of the track leading to the cottage
Dog friendly: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, at a charge of £25 per dog
Please be aware that there are several steep stairs and low beams
The single bedroom is small (2.96m x 2.56m), and only suitable for a child or small adult
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
The cottage is exactly as in the photos, maybe a bit smaller, but that is England! The cottage is very cosy and we had a lovely week in spite of cold, damp, foggy November weather. The Boxing Hare is definitely to be recommended.
Very cute little cottage in a beautiful village.
Highly recommend this property for a weekend getaway with friends. Absolutely perfect!
Very cute little cottage in the heart of the Cotswolds. Really peaceful with stunning views and a good pub a short walk away - and great walks from your doorstep! The cottage had a very well equipped kitchen and lovely open fire (which we used every day). The showers were hot and overall the cottage was immaculately clean.
The cottage is easy to find from the directions and delightfully quiet and rural. Every room is full of character and very comfortable - for us having the aga was great (best toast) and the welcome basket was very thoughtful. There are some beautiful dog walks right from the front door. There isn’t a great deal else in Swerford (the church is worth a look). We had supper at the Boxing Hare which was very welcoming - excellent fish and chips.
Although small, Swerford is home to a few hidden treasures. The remains of a 12th Century motte-and-bailey castle are open for visits as well as a network of beautiful footpaths. The renowned pub, The Boxing Hare, is also a short walk from Hillside Cottage. If you fancy exploring a little further afield, the stunning Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton is only a three-mile drive away.
Swerford is less than 10 miles from several towns and villages, including Banbury (8.5 miles), Chipping Norton (5.3 miles) and Hook Norton (1.8 miles). The centre of Oxford is a 45-minute drive away (a handy Park & Ride is a 42-minute drive away), while several other well-known Cotswold towns and villages are within 20 miles, including Bourton-on-the-Water (17 miles), Stow-on-the-Wold (13 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (12.5 miles). Hillside Cottage is also conveniently located for visits to Bicester Village (18 miles), the designer outlet shopping centre, and Soho Farmhouse (4.5 miles), a popular wedding venue.
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