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Little Oakley Cottage

Sandford St Martin

Romantic Retreat
No Pets
200+ Mbps
Neatly positioned within a stone’s throw of Soho Farmhouse and Chipping Norton, Little Oakley Cottage is a gorgeous Cotswold stone cottage that is just perfect for those seeking an adult-only country retreat. This beautiful abode has been the lucky recipient of a seriously stylish makeover by the current owner and is now an elegant house filled with charm and personality. Sleeping four guests in style with two charming bedrooms, a swoon-worthy bathroom, a wood-burning stove and a dining area that will turn everyday meals into special occasions, Little Oakley Cottage is a heavenly place to stay.
Full Description
Tree-lined lanes weave through the pretty countryside, leading you to the peaceful village of Sandford St Martin. This small but perfectly formed village is a wonderful base for an exploration of the Cotswolds. As you step inside the stone walls of this pretty cottage, you’ll find character features, a luxuriously rustic kitchen, a wooden beamed living room with a wood-burning stove and a walled courtyard that speaks of lazy morning coffees in the sunshine and sunset drinks that linger long into the evening.

Pale stone floors lead your eye through to the bespoke kitchen with exposed brickwork, a gas AGA, an original bread oven and cunning hidey holes creating clever storage. At the far end is a delightful dining area with an antique table set beneath a soaring roof lantern and a statement chandelier. Hidden behind a sliding timber door are a useful utility space and a ground-floor cloakroom. Doors lead out to the private courtyard. The living room is a warm and welcoming space, filled with thoughtfully curated art, and curios, each piece carefully chosen by the owner. Wherever you turn there’s an old book to read or a picture to study. The first floor is equally charming with two superb bedrooms and a fabulous bathroom with a double-ended free-standing bath and a separate shower.

Hidden behind Little Oakley Cottage is a beautiful walled courtyard filled with planting and a water feature. A timber corner sofa is topped with cushions making this a delightful space to while away a few hours with a good book or enjoy drinks as the day drifts by. There is no allocated parking but on-street parking outside the cottage is freely available.

Ground Floor

There is a step up to the front door, which in turn leads you into a stylish kitchen. A butler sink sits beneath the window, alongside a slimline dishwasher, whilst a restored butcher's block is in the middle of the room, providing useful preparation space or somewhere to sit with a drink. A gas AGA with a 6-ring gas hob takes pride of place in the chimney breast, alongside an original bread oven (not in use). A Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine is cunningly hidden away behind the old wooden door to the right of the AGA. Crockery and glassware are stored in the glass-fronted dresser and the fridge freezer and toaster can be found in the cupboard.

Dining Room:
The dining area is at the end of the kitchen and a delightful room that is flooded with natural light from the roof lantern and glass doors to the courtyard. A stunning chandelier hangs above an antique table, surrounded by a wooden bench and four rattan-seat chairs. Overlooking the proceedings is a statement tapestry wall hanging.

Hidden behind a sliding timber door is a utility area with a washer/dryer and a door through to the ground floor cloakroom.

Living Room:
This is a room that adapts with the seasons. During the cooler months there’s a cosy wood-burning stove to light, as the days become warmer, throw open the courtyard door and let the outside in. A large sofa and pair of mid-century chairs provide plenty of comfortable seating, the bespoke shelves hold a myriad of old books and artwork. Perhaps now is the time to pick up that classic you’ve always been meaning to read.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
This tranquil bedroom is beautifully furnished with a super king-size bed, white-painted timbers line the walls and ceiling, adding to the overall air of calm. Clever hanging and shelving storage has been created on either side of the bed. Bedside tables and overhead reading lamps add to the charm.

Bedroom Two:
The second bedroom is equally charming. A king-size bed is placed before a panelled wall, with bedside tables on either side. The high ceiling boasts a wicker pendant light and a pretty dressing table with an ornate mirror hanging above and a chest of drawers provide storage. There are also hooks and wooden hangers on the rear of the door.

Bathroom / Shower Room:
If ever there was a room to invoke bath-envy, it’s this one. This bathroom was designed with total relaxation in mind. A large walk-in shower stands in one corner with a large rainfall shower and a hand-held shower head. A bespoke hand basin sits atop a vintage wooden wash table, whilst a double-ended freestanding bath is a place for long soaks after a day of exploring.


Tucked behind Little Oakley Cottage is an enclosed courtyard. With planting and a terracotta urn water feature it’s a peaceful place to relax. A timber corner sofa is topped with cushions to create a comfortable seating area. There is on-street parking on the road outside the cottage.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - Super king-size
  • Bedroom Two - King
  • 1 Bathroom - Family bathroom with a freestanding rolltop bath and separate shower with soft water filter. Ground floor cloakroom
  • Hair dryer - 1
  • Fire - An initial supply of logs is provided between 01 Oct - 31 Mar
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso Vertuo
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 400+ Mbps
  • TV - Smart


  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • No BBQ available
  • Parking - On-street parking
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping: The nearest supermarkets are in Chipping Norton (8 miles), and there is also a village store in Middle Barton (1 mile). Retail therapy is available in the form of the Bicester Village Designer Shopping Outlet (11 miles). Trove, a digital shopping delivery platform has also launched in the local area and delivers Tuesday to Friday, please visit for details. Wykham Park Farm (8.5 miles) is an excellent farm shop offering an abundance of local produce and a cheese deli. Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm Shop is 8 miles away. Daylesford Organic is a 25-minute drive.

Eating Out:
  • The Cinnamon Stick, Middle Barton. Excellent Middle Eastern restaurant (1.5 miles)
  • Quince & Clover, Great Tew. Excellent café/deli for salads etc and sells local produce (3 miles)
  • Boxing Hare, Swerford. Highly regarded dining pub (5 miles)
Walks: There are lots of wonderful walks surrounding Little Oakley Cottage including footpaths to neighbouring villages. The Great Tew Estate has some lovely circular walks.

Places to Visit:
  • Soho Farmhouse (3 miles)
  • Chipping Norton (8 miles)
  • Woodstock and Blenheim Palace (7 miles)

Train – Charlbury (8 miles), Heyford (4 miles)
Taxis - Excelsior Taxis Limited; A1 Taxis Chipping Norton

There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not take 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
  • Little Oakley Cottage is an adult-only retreat. Children over the age of 16 are welcome
  • The original staircase is still in situ. The steps towards the bottom are narrow and shallow, and deeper towards the top. Care is needed
  • Parties are not permitted. 


What a fantastic and beautiful home. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer and more inviting place. So perfect and quaint, felt like the house from “The Holiday”. We would stay here again in a heartbeat! Loved it all and the beds are heavenly. It was perfect.

| 17/11/2023

Stunning styling and close to Soho Farmhouse. Small and perfectly formed. Perfect for a girl's weekend.

| 10/11/2023

We stayed at Little Oakley Cottage with friends for a long weekend whilst we took advantage of a friend's Soho House membership in the evening. The place was so lovely and homely and the beds were extra comfy. We would highly recommend it.

| 02/11/2023

Great little cottage and very helpful hosts! The stay was awesome. Highly recommend.

| 10/10/2023

Absolutely brilliant! Exquisitely decorated with very comfortable beds so highly recommended!

| 01/10/2023


The village of Sandford St Martin is a great location for exploring with Oxford (14 miles), Woodstock and Blenheim (7 miles) and the northeastern end of the Cotswolds, particularly Chipping Norton, just 7 miles away. It’s a pretty and tranquil village, with mostly period, Cotswold ironstone houses and a church, St Martin’s, dating back to 1273. Opposite the church is the impressive Sandford Park, a Grade II* listed building built in 1700. Take a stroll around the village to the cricket green and you’ll feel as though you have stepped back in time. The village is also surrounded by footpaths and bridleways to the equally charming villages of Ledwell, Little Tew and Great Tew.