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Little Coach House

Near Oxford

Sleeps 4
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
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.
Full Description
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.

Ground Floor

Living Room:
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.

Bedroom One:
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.

First Floor

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.

Bedroom Two:
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


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - Twin
  • 1 Bathroom - Bath with shower over and a ground floor cloakroom with W.C
  • Hairdryer - 1
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer - Compartment in fridge
  • Dining table - Seats 4
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - Smart
  • DVD Player
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 2 cars
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 (closed on Monday’s) selling a wide range of their own produce including several varieties of potatoes – from field to shelf a few hours. 24-hour milk vending machine at Rectory Farm shop, please bring your own container (1lt) or a glass one can be purchased when the shop is open.
The shop in the village is open until 1pm daily (except Sunday when it shuts at 11am). 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).

Eating Out:
  • The Talkhouse (7 minute walk)
  • 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:
  • A selection of guidebooks are provided in the living room.
  • 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.
  • Taxis - 001 Taxis; ABC 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. 
  • A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted - an additional fee per pet applies
  • The stairs are somewhat narrow and steep
  • 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.


Wonderful space for 4 people, well laid out and great for a family visit. Friendly hosts and great area. We’ll go again!

| 31/03/2024

We booked this place only for a couple of nights as we needed somewhere to stay whilst I attended a local hospital. The property itself is nicely renovated, keeping old features of the barn with modern heating and bathroom etc which was lovely. Check-in was easy and the owners were nearby if needed but not intrusive. Nice big sofa and clean everywhere, nice bath and underfloor heating. The surrounding area is lovely, and I imagine if we attended during a time when the whole country wasn't flooded, the walks immediately off the property would have been really nice too. They also have an outside warm tap which is really handy for washing down dogs. The owners did also said we could take the dogs on a walk around their pick-your-own fruit area if we wanted which was nice and welcoming. 5 stars, recommend.

| 18/02/2024

The hosts were fantastic and the property was perfect. The pub round the corner was also gorgeous with delicious food. Beautiful location. It was perfect!

| 12/02/2024

It was our second visit to this charming property it's in a beautiful rural location, but only minutes drive from the centre of Oxford centre. The property was warm, clean and full of character. We will visit for a third time in the spring.

| 01/12/2023

A super rural spot close to Oxford. Comfortable and cosy cottage, it's perfect for a weekend break for a couple or a small group.

| 24/11/2023


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.