Little Coach House is an utterly delightful barn conversion in the grounds of Rectory Farm. This is a quirky and colourful place to stay sitting within a quiet village on the outskirts of Oxford. Sleeping four in two bedrooms, this dog-friendly escape has plenty of character and personality. Guests also have use of the lovely farmhouse gardens including a croquet lawn and orchard, which leads to the countryside beyond. Offering the best of both worlds this is a perfect, rural base from where you can explore the charms of Oxford, Woodstock and Blenheim Palace, and the Cotswolds.
As you pull into the driveway alongside the old cream stone farmhouse, Little Coach House is on your left-hand side. Beyond lie pretty gardens and an orchard, and then the open countryside. This is a lovely, rural setting where you are surrounded by countryside yet have a wealth of attractions within easy reach.
Bi-fold doors to both the living room and kitchen can be folded back to create a feeling of space and let the fresh, country air flow through. Exposed stone walls and timber beams feature throughout complemented by beautiful soft furnishings, vibrant pops of colour and a rustic, elegant design. There’s a pretty bedroom with a king-size bed on the ground floor and a quirky and cute twin room, which is perfect for younger guests, on the first floor along with a very stylish bathroom. Underfloor heating keeps you warm and cosy during the winter months, during the warmer days throw open the doors and retreat to the patio, where you can relax under the shady pergola.
Little Coach House sits within the grounds of Rectory Farm House and guests have shared use of the lovely farmhouse gardens. Enjoy a few games of croquet or just sit amongst the flowers and soak in the peace and tranquillity. To one side of the coach house is a private patio and BBQ.
Large bi-fold doors open to a cosy, stylish living room. The exposed stone walls, statement chandelier, colourful rugs and super-comfy velvet corner sofa create a welcoming place to relax after a day of exploring. Elegant lamps sit on small wooden side tables at either end of the sofa and cast a gentle glow over the room. The smart TV is wall-mounted to save on space. A beautifully crafted wooden staircase rises to the first floor, whilst on the left-hand side is a ground floor bedroom.
From the living room walk through to the modern kitchen, a clever layout designed to make maximum use of the space available. A stainless steel unit houses a two-ring electric hob and stove, along with the sink and under counter fridge. The glass splashback reveals the beautiful stone wall. A bistro-style table seats four comfortably on high stools creating the perfect spot for lazy breakfasts and evening meals. As with the living room, large bi-fold doors open to the courtyard creating a feeling of space and bringing the outside in.
There’s also a handy W.C to the rear of the kitchen complete with bookshelves for some ‘me time’ reading and a large mirror.
This pretty room is decorated with delicate pale-yellow wallpaper, a deep-set window to the front adds to the light, airy feel. There’s an original brick fireplace (not in use) with a stunning feather wreath and an extremely comfortable iron-framed king-size bed. The size of the bed does mean it can really only be accessed from one side, however, the comfort of it more than makes up for any slight inconvenience with accessibility! Reading lights are attached to each side of the bed head, there’s also an occasional chair and an antique chest of drawers with a large mirror over.
A narrow, quite steep staircase leads to the first floor galleried landing. This spacious area has a wooden chest stacked with books, a fun faux zebra print rug and a velvet occasional chair.
Cute, quirky, and colourful is the best way to describe this twin-bedded room, which is perfect for children or teenagers. A fabulous vibrant printed wallpaper makes a real statement as do the ornate mirror and console table. The room is in the eaves and a Velux window (with a blind to avoid early morning sunrises) can be opened for fresh air. You’ll find storage in the pull-out drawers under each bed, there are reading lights on either side of the beds and a colourful rug sits on the polished wooden floor
Bathroom / Shower Room:
This stunning bathroom features a wonderful standalone bathtub (large enough for 2), with a rainfall shower over, handbasin and WC as well as mood lighting. A vivid splash of colour comes from the unique wallpaper.
To the side of the property is a stone patio covered by a wooden pergola, which is swathed in summer jasmine. The wooden picnic bench is a peaceful spot for evening drinks or alfresco dining and there’s a brick-built charcoal BBQ for use too. If the weather is being kind, you can relax and soak up the sunshine on one of the reclining sun loungers.
The owners allow guests to use the rest of the pretty, flower-filled gardens and there is plenty of space to relax, there’s even a croquet set if you’re in the mood for genteel afternoon games. The large field is perfect for impromptu cricket or football matches and there’s a tree-filled orchard, with access to the countryside beyond. The village pub is a short walk away as is the farm shop and café, which are owned by your hosts at Little Coach House.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 king-size and 1 twin
1 bathroom; bath with shower over and a ground floor cloakroom with W.C
Parking for 2 cars
Dog friendly (max. 2 well-behaved dogs)
Private enclosed garden – the garden is enclosed however the driveway is not
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
Heating and hot water – There is underfloor heating in all rooms with the exception of the first-floor bedroom, which has a radiator with a thermostat.
DVD player / DVDs
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Fridge with small freezer box
Ironing board, iron, clothes line and pegs
Baby/Child Equipment: high chair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) - Please request at time of booking
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: Two wooden recliners and a picnic-style bench
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The Rectory Farm Shop and PYO (0.3 miles) is open from the end of April to the end of October and sells a wide range of their own produce including several varieties of potatoes – from field to shelf within a few hours. There is a shop in the village which is open until 1 pm daily (except Sunday when it shuts at 11 am). There is Spar (2 miles) and for a larger shop, there is a Waitrose (2.7 miles), ASDA (3 miles), Tesco (4.5 miles) and Sainsbury (6 miles).
The Talkhouse (0.3 miles)
The Black Boy, Headington (3.1 miles)
The Bell in Hampton Poyle (7 miles)
There are lots of local walks on your doorstep including around the farm.
Places to Visit:
Oxford (4.7miles) England’s oldest university city is on your doorstep and easily accessible. Explore the beautiful architecture, museums, galleries, and beautiful riverside walks.
Woodstock & Blenheim Palace (11.8 miles) Explore the historic market town of Woodstock and the magnificent surrounds of Blenheim Palace. This was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the palace dates back to the 1700s. There are many events to enjoy throughout the year.
Bicester Village (11.5 miles) Shop till you drop at Bicester Village, a designer outlet shopping experience with more than 160 luxury designer boutiques.
The Cotswolds – this is a great base from which to explore the charms of the Cotswolds. Treasures such as Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold are within easy reach.
Trains: Haddenham & Thame Parkway (12 miles) and Oxford Parkway (7.4 miles) have regular services from London Marylebone. Oxford Station (7.9 miles) has services from London Paddington and the north of England.
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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.
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.
A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted - an additional fee per pet applies
The stairs are somewhat narrow and steep
The king-size bed is not accessible from both sides
The bathroom has a large bathtub with high sides, the shower is over the bath so guests will need to be able to step into the bath. There is no walk-in shower
The garden is secure for dogs however the driveway is not
There is parking for 2 cars on the shared driveway
The terrace at the front and to the side of the Little Coach House including the stone seating area is for exclusive use. The main garden is for joint use. The built-in barbecue is for your exclusive use.
The owners of Little Coach House are VAT registered. This means that if you are a business guest you can potentially reclaim the VAT for your stay.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
The cottage is clean, very nicely decorated and has enough space for 4 people. It was so nice to be able to use the garden in the summer weather on lazy days. THANK YOU! Would absolutely recommend.
What a wondeful place!
We loved the Little Coach House. The cottage is beautiful, comfortable, furnished to high standards and with great taste, airy, bright and so well designed that it feels really spacious (even if it is small). Our two daughters adored having exclusive use the second floor bedroom and the mezzanine adjacent to it (with lots of games in the stylish trunk) as well as the playground just around the corner and the farm shop just a short stroll away. There is lots to visit in easy reach from the cottage. Last, but not least, Carla and Richard, the owners, are discreet but not far if you need help. Well, we needed help because we had a problem with our car...and they went out of their way to help us in all possible ways and literally saved our holiday. We cannot be thankful enough to them nor recommend this property warmly enough.
great location, good for oxford, small but cosy and so well fitted out and comfortable.
A lovely place to stay in a great location (if you have a car). Everywhere we planned on visiting was within 30 mins drive of the place and we got great tips from the host. Lovely place, cosy, quiet and dog friendly. Very happy and would love to come back soon.
The village of Stanton St John is close to Oxford yet offers a charmingly rural place to stay. The village pub is within walking distance as are the farm shop, PYO and café, which are also owned by your hosts, and open from the end of April to October. There are plenty of walks and footpaths to explore, all on your doorstep.
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