Monument Cottage is a charming, mid-terrace, Edwardian holiday cottage in the Cotswold village of Churchill, just 3 miles from Chipping Norton and Daylesford Organic Farm. The cottage sleeps 4 guests across 2 double bedrooms, with a family bathroom and has recently been refurbished in a beautiful, contemporary style that compliments the original Edwardian features. A fabulous kitchen-dining room, with a wood burner, opens to a sunny courtyard, while to the front is an elegant living room overlooking a pretty cottage garden. The cottage accepts one dog and has on-street parking and is a minute’s walk to The Chequers pub and restaurant.
Sitting on a quiet, local road, this lovely Edwardian cottage has a pretty front garden with a long lavender border and wooden seats where you can sit and admire the view across to All Saints Church. To the rear of the cottage is a small, enclosed patio (accessed via the kitchen-dining room’s bi-fold doors), with a table and chairs for outdoor entertaining. Inside, the cottage has been stylishly refurbished and decorated with a cosy living room and a separate, open-plan kitchen-dining room on the ground floor, and two double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor.
Step through the front door into a small hallway with original red floor tiles a row of handy hooks to hang coats.
The elegant and cosy living room sits at the front of the cottage, with a view towards All Saints Church. The room is furnished with a comfy, three-seater sofa and armchair, occasional tables with reading lights, and a Smart TV. The original red-tile floor is made snug with a large sisal rug while the original fireplace (not in use) and its surrounding exposed stone wall form an attractive visual focal point.
Sitting at the rear of the cottage is the Kitchen-Dining Room – the cottage’s stunning centrepiece and main socialising area. The Kitchen has a large, multi-functioning central island with a hob, dishwasher, washing machine and double sink. To one side is a drinks/breakfast station with a Nespresso machine, kettle and toaster, while to the other is a wall of bespoke kitchen units and the oven.
At the far end of the Kitchen is a light, bright and spacious Dining Area, with a lantern roof, a long wooden table to comfortably seat four guests, and a fabulous wood burning stove with an armchair to either side. Bi-fold doors open out to a small but pretty courtyard with a table and chairs, flower pots and planters, and a string of lights to illuminate an al fresco evening meal.
Stairs with a sisal carpet and hand rail lead up to the two double bedrooms and family bathroom.
The gorgeous master bedroom, decorated in a calming blue and neutral oatmeal colourways, looks out over the neighbouring rooftops and distant rolling Cotswold hills. The bedroom is furnished with a super king-size bed with bedside stools and reading lamps, a chest of drawers, a full-length mirror, with a clothes rail behind, and a comfy day chair.
The cottage’s pretty, second bedroom looks out to a view of All Saints Church through an original window with a delightful window ledge – a great place to squeeze on to and watch the slowly passing world go by. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside reading lamps, a chest of drawers and a full-length mirror and a rail on the rear of the door. The bed can be set up as a twin on request.
Situated at the top of the stairs, between the two bedrooms, the bathroom features a P-shaped bath with an over-bath shower, fitted with a rainfall and a handheld shower head, a toilet and a wash basin with a mirror and shaver point.
To the front of the cottage is a typical cottage garden with a footpath leading to the front door and shrubs and plants to either side. In summertime, sit on the garden seats and watch the bees buzzing over the lavender running the length of the garden path. To the rear is a small, enclosed patio with a table and four chairs, which is accessed through the Kitchen-Dining Room’s bi-fold doors.
Monument Cottage is on the Kingham Road, a residential road with free, on-street parking usually available directly outside the property. Guests may also park in the Village Hall car park, across the road.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms: 1 super-king and 1 king-size double (or twin on request)
1 bathroom with a P-shaped bath and over-bath shower, toilet and basin
Free, on-street parking
Dog friendly: maximum 1 well-behaved dog
Enclosed courtyard patio
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied first fire
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) and stairgate
Patio with table and 4 chairs
Front garden with 2 seats, wooden chest with dog towel, water pump and variously sized wellies.
The Chequers Pub within a minute’s walk
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and grocery shops:
The nearest place to do a large food shop is in Chipping Norton (3 miles) where you will find a great choice of national and independent stores, including a well-stocked Cooperative Food Store, M&S Food Store, Local Sainsburys, Aldi, Nash’s Bakery, Oats the health food store, Trev Beadle Butchers and Roger’s Fishmongers.
Best places to buy wine and beer:
The Coop in Chipping Norton; Oxford Wine Co, Witney; Majestic in Banbury and Stow-on-the-Wold; and Hook Norton Brewery, which has a shop and delivers wine and beer.
Alternatively, Daylesford Organic Farm Shop and Café is 2.5 miles away.
Pubs & Restaurants
The Chequers, a highly acclaimed pub and restaurant, is just 50 metres from the front door.
Other local Pubs that we can highly recommend are:
The Wild Rabbit (1.5 miles)
The Kingham Plough (1.5 miles)
Daylesford Organic Farm & Café (2.5 miles)
The Lamb at Shipton-under-Wychwood
Soho Farmhouse (10 miles)
Churchill is surrounded by great walking country, including the Darcy Dalton Way - a 65-mile-long trail named after Colonel d'Arcy Dalton a founding member of the Oxford Fieldpaths Society that can be joined at Hastings Hill. It runs from Wormleighton in Oxfordshire to the Ridgeway near the Wiltshire border, crossing the Thames Path and passing through the Cotswolds on its way. Amongst many places of interest, you can walk on public footpaths directly from the cottage to Daylesford and to Kingham.
The village has a heritage centre (the original village church) and a green where cricket matches are held.
Points of Note
The open fireplace in the Living Room is not in use.
Bedroom Two's king-size bed can be set up as a twin on request, forming two 2'7" beds.
Free, on-street parking.
One well-behaved dog welcome for an additional fee.
When returning from a wet/muddy walk with a dog, please wash and dry your dog before letting him/her into the house. A dog’s towel and water cannister/hose are provided in the wooden trunk in the front garden for you to clean and dry your dog.
Pretty little cottage with big style! Big comfy beds with squishy duvets and pillows. Stylish decor throughout mixing modern with classic charm of the Cotswolds. Great kitchen extension with outdoor space too - missing views due to its central village location, but the 2 mins walk to the fab Chequers Inn makes up for it and views of the church steeple at the front. Lovely stay. Thanks for our welcome treats too! Really quiet and relaxing time. Perfect. Kate PS the walk to Dalesford from Kingham has to be on the list.
Equipped beautifully. Perfect for a short stay with children. Very grateful for the laundry tablets and washing machine, dishwashers etc.
Made for a very easy break.
Style of the cottage is gorgeous. Spot on. Only thing I'd change to make it comfy for autumn and winter break is a bigger arm chair in the lounge.
Love the kids bubble bath and big touches like the incredible hydrangeas in kitchen.
Will be returning.
Excellent facilities, very clean. Looks as though there had been a very recent refurbishment. Everything needed was on hand and the kitchen doors opened fully to the small patio which let in the outside. Churchill is a good location - locally a park opposite for exercising the Labrador and also spending time with our daughter - the Chequers pub is 100 metres away and we had two fantastic meals there - highly recommended. Other activities and places to visit accessible, Chipping Norton close by for provisions etc. Good information pack from Bolthole and also milk etc. from Simon and Nicole.
Churchill is a quintessentially Cotswold village with a church, the excellent Chequers pub, a village heritage centre and great walking in every direction, including the Darcy Dalton Way - a 65-mile, long distance walking trail. Churchill is in the enviable position of being located in a triangle between the three hugely popular Cotswold towns of Chipping Norton, Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold, providing a huge array of things to do and places to visit in each location.
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