Lovell Cottage is a beautiful, luxury, Cotswold Stone cottage in the picture-perfect village of Old Minster Lovell, with a fantastic pub and spa within two-minutes' walk, scenic walks directly from the front door and still in easy reach of Burford, Witney, Oxford and Woodstock. The cottage sleeps 6 guests across 3 double bedrooms (one downstairs) and has 2 shower rooms, a superb kitchen-dining room and 2 reception rooms sharing a fabulous dual aspect wood burner.
Lovell Cottage is on a quiet country lane in the historic village of Old Minster Lovell, just a short drive from the main Cotswold arterial road (the A40) yet feeling like a million miles away from anywhere but the peaceful surroundings of this archetypal Oxfordshire village with its Cotswold stone houses and thatched cottages.
To the rear of the cottage is a typical English country garden, mostly laid to lawn, with planted borders and mature trees. A patio area with seating for 6 and a BBQ sits to one side of the garden. A path leads from the garden, past the kitchen door to a gate which opens to the parking area and front of the cottage. The garden, which is private and not overlooked, looks out over a large neighbouring garden and paddock (not for guests’ use).
Outside the cottage looks typically olde-worlde Cotswold, with a wisteria climbing across the front, but inside the owner has combined the original features with super-stylish contemporary furnishing and décor. Downstairs, at the front of the cottage, is a gorgeous living room and snug, sharing a double-sided wood burner. To the rear, up an original stone step, is a very well-equipped kitchen with a large dining table to comfortably sit 6 guests, a downstairs shower room and a double bedroom. Upstairs are two large double bedrooms, one with a super-king size bed the other a king-size bed, sharing a splendid Jack and Jill shower room.
The front door opens into the cottage’s stunning living room with original features, including a beamed ceiling and flagstone floor, complemented by a double-sided wood burner, shared with the Snug, pale grey walls and beautifully lit feature alcove. The Living Room has a plush three-seater pin-back sofa, a large footstool, an armchair and an inviting snuggler to curl up on.
Sitting at the foot of the stairs to Bedroom 1 and 2 the Snug shares the double-sided wood burner with the Living Room. This cosy room, with its original beams (mind your head!), has a large 43” smart TV with plenty of seating for all to sit and view, including on an inviting three-seater dusty pink velvet sofa, a midnight blue chaise longue and a fabulous Ercol bench. A window seat with a comfy cushion provides the perfect place to perch and watch life go by.
At the rear of the cottage is the striking Kitchen, with its milky-midnight blue units standing out against the backdrop of the cottage’s pretty rear garden. The beautifully crafted marble work tops provide plenty of space to create a meal or have a private chef get to work. The kitchen is fully equipped with every appliance needed, from dishwasher to Rangemaster oven, wine fridge to Nespresso machine. At the centre is a long rectangular table, comfortably seating six guests. (On arrival, guests first enter the cottage through the side garden that leads to the back door into the Kitchen.)
Downstairs Shower Room:
Approached from the Snug, up one step, or from the Kitchen, the family shower room features a beautiful wall with raw limestone tiles and a large walk-in shower, with polished limestone walls, a dual-flush WC and wash basin.
The cottage’s downstairs bedroom features a double bed on an unusual chrome bedstead, which sits up against a backdrop of pretty bamboo and parakeet wallpaper. The bedroom has two bed side tables with reading lamps, a wardrobe with hanging space and drawers and a wide windowsill with a mirror. The view is directly into the garden from the bedroom, providing a lovely view of the trees, plants and wildlife.
This beautifully welcoming dual-aspect master bedroom, in calming dove-grey with accents of pink, looks out over the garden and the small local road running past the front of the cottage. Featuring a super-king size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, an antique dressing table with mirror, a chest of drawers and a large corner wardrobe. Inside the wardrobe is a safe for guests’ use. A door from the bedroom leads to the Jack and Jill shower room shared with Bedroom 2
The first thing you’ll notice as you walk into this bedroom is the original oak beam stretching across the width of the room. Mind your head (and please don’t be tempted to swing on it!) but look at the detail in the wood – it was probably a ship’s mast brought here long ago. This lovely, sunny bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed, bedside tables and reading lamps, a chest of drawers and a large wardrobe with hanging space and drawers. The bedroom connects to the Jack and Jill shower room and looks out to the small local village road below.
Jack and Jill Shower Room:
Sitting between the two upstairs bedrooms, the Jack and Jill shower room is fitted with Duravit and Lefroy Brooks sanitaryware including a large walk-in shower, washbasin with mirror over, dual flush WC, heated towel rail and privacy locks on each door.
Lovell Cottage sits on a quiet village road with stunningly beautiful properties all around, many of which are thatched and date back hundreds of years.
To the front, the cottage is accessed directly from the village path, separated from the road by a small footbridge. A side path leads to a gate and the back door that opens into the kitchen (this is the door guests will use to enter and leave the cottage). Also, at the front, slightly off-set from the cottage, is the parking area, suitable for two cars. To the rear, the property has a medium-size garden, mostly laid to lawn, with a charcoal BBQ, bordered by mature shrubs and trees and Cotswold stone walling with a lovely view out over neighbouring countryside and gardens.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 6 across 3 bedrooms in 1 super-king size double, 1 king-size double and 1 standard double (note: the beds cannot be made into twins)
2 bathrooms: 1 downstairs shower room, 1 upstairs Jack and Jill Shower room
Parking for 2 cars
Private enclosed garden
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied (Sept-Apr) for first fire
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Cleaning starter pack: e.g. dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: e.g. hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
Heating and hot water e.g. via Nest/gas central heating with individual thermostat control
Free Wi-Fi: BT’s Fibre 2 Service with boosters
TV – 43” Smart TV (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV)
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, bread bin, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper.
Oven/hob – Rangemaster 5-ring hob
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 6
BBQ (charcoal). Charcoal is provided for one bbq
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Points of Note
Parking: The cottage has two off-street parking places in front of the cottage. Further on-street parking is available in front of the cottage as well as at the top of the lane, just five minutes’ walk away
Lovell Cottage was built in the 17th Century and has some lovely original features, including two low beams (in the Snug and Bedroom 2), and a low stone doorway between the Snug and the downstairs family shower room/bedroom
The garage (accessed from the drive and the kitchen) is not available for guests’ use
Groups bookings: Lovell Cottage does not accept hen or stag parties, but family celebrations are welcomed
Noise: Lovell Cottage is situated in the middle of a residential area, in consideration of our neighbours we respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum after 10 pm, especially outside on warmer evenings
A superb cottage in the most beautiful idyllic village setting. The property has been renovated to a very high standard and everything is simply top drawer. Highly recommended. The village and local villages offer excellent walks with delightful pubs along the way. This part of England is truly wonderful.
Experienced a most delightful 2+ week stay at Lovell Cottage prior to Christmas. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a Christmas wreath on the front door, a Christmas tree in the drawing-room, and delicious tea cake and table setting in the kitchen all of which were unexpected delights. What a lovely way to start off one's visit. Lovell Cottage has been carefully updated from both a structural and architectural perspective in terms of floor layout, dual fireplace, appliances, and baths. The kitchen, in particular, is spacious and most inviting from both a functional and aesthetic point-of-view. Likewise, the décor has been updated to feel fresh and welcoming while not losing the charm of a quintessential Cotswold cottage. The photos on Bolthole Retreats are accurate in their portrayal of the property but do not quite do justice to the overall charm and ambiance – this cottage exceeded our expectations. The location of Minster Lovell is pretty ideal. An unbelievably quaint small village that feels private and unspoiled. The Old Swan Pub, literally a stone's throw from the cottage, offers delicious food and a nice selection of beer and wine. Highly recommend taking the Circular Walk No. 2 Minster Lovell-Crawley for enjoying the countryside but depending on the season do not forget to bring your wellies. Burford is a short drive and the High Street offers several good shops. Particularly impressed with the selections at W.J. Castle Butcher and The Cotswold Cheese Company. Finally, The Burford Garden Centre is worth a trip. Think garden center, meets department store with a food hall.
Old Minster Lovell village is stunning and the perfect place to escape from it all. Disappointed the Swan Inn was closed during our stay as there wasn’t another pub within walking distance on an evening, but this wasn’t the fault of the cottage. The cottage was beautifully designed and decorated and very comfortable. Stunning large kitchen with great selection of kitchen equipment and table was set lovely for our arrival. The cottage overall was very clean and spacious. The only things that could do with improvement is to put a door mat by the kitchen door and feel the size and quality of the towels provided were poor compared to the rest of the linens and furnishings, some new plush towels would be appreciated. Would definitely love to go back in the future. [New towels and doormat will be added ready for Jan 2021!]
Fabulous cottage. Immaculately presented in a picture postcard perfect location. Had all amenities we needed. Beds were all extremely comfortable. Plenty of pubs within walking distance. Circular Walk No.2 Minster Lovell to Crawley is a great walk, if you don’t get lost
Such a amazing home, in a great location. The house was beautifully furnished and very comfortable with all the amenities we needed. We will definitely be booking to return again soon!
We had a lovely stay at the cottage - it is beautifully decorated with a good mix of modern amenities and period features. Check in process was seamless, the cottage was clean and it was in a lovely location. Highly recommended!
Lovell Cottage lies in Old Minster Lovell, the historic section of the beautiful village of Minster Lovell on the edge of Wychwood National Nature Reserve. The village has a church, pub, a country hotel with a spa, a village cricket club and fishing on the River Windrush. Head out the front door for fantastic local walks, including to the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century Oxfordshire manor house, which sits in a beautiful rural setting beside the river. Nearby Witney is a vibrant market town with excellent amenities and a thriving local community with a wide range of independent shops, restaurants and boutiques, as well as a cinema and larger stores including Waitrose and M&S.
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