Oak Tree Cottage is part of a lovely old stone barn built in the 1800s that stands surrounded by open fields, often filled with sheep, and offers a real sense of rural tranquillity. This cosy and welcoming retreat is a delightful countryside escape that sleeps four guests in two bedrooms and is perfectly placed for exploring the eastern reaches of the Cotswolds with Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Bourton-on-the-Water easily accessible. The property is joined to The Gallery, forming King John’s Barn, and they can be booked together or independently.
As you follow the country lanes through Oxfordshire you get a real sense of the rural setting for this lovely barn. Although just a short distance from the village of Leafield and the popular Cotswold town of Burford, Oak Tree Cottage has a feeling of peace. Surrounded by open countryside with distant views and vast skies this is the perfect Cotswold escape.
Oak Tree Cottage sleeps four guests and as you approach along the driveway, forms the right-hand side of the barn. The traditional, country-style interior is warm and homely and the original oak beams can be seen throughout. The ground floor is open plan in style with a cosy living area, dining area with double doors to the exterior courtyard and a well-equipped kitchen space. The living area has two comfy sofas, a smart TV and plenty of information, maps, and guidebooks on the local area. Windows give natural light and the triangular spaces, possibly former owl holes, in the barn walls have been glazed and retained as part of the original structure.
The staircase splits left and right leading to two bedrooms, both with timber ceilings and wooden beams. One bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and a large deep-set window where you can perch and contemplate the sheep. The second bedroom has one Velux window, complete with blinds to ensure no early sunrise alarm calls and there’s a further shower room.
Outside there is a gravel courtyard with a garden table and chairs, here you can sit and relax with your morning coffee as you listen to the sounds of the countryside and admire the wonderful sunsets.
The entrance door opens into a handy utility room with coat hooks and space for muddy wellies, there’s also a washer-dryer and cleaning products and it’s a good spot for drying off doggies.
This cosy, intimate space has two comfy two-seater sofas, a smart TV and plenty of information and guidebooks for planning your Cotswold adventures. The original oak beams contribute to the warmth and character of this traditional stone barn.
Enjoy convivial meals around the wooden dining table which is set in front of double doors facing out to the gravel courtyard and sheep field beyond.
The compact but well-equipped kitchen has everything you need to be completely self-contained. Alongside an electric oven and hob, there’s a free-standing fridge-freezer, dishwasher, and plenty of bakeware.
The stairs rise from the ground floor splitting both right and left to the two bedrooms.
This front-facing bedroom features original oak beams and a wooden ceiling. The super-king size bed (can be twin beds on request) faces the deep window which is the perfect place to perch and watch the sheep playing in the field beyond. There’s a hanging rail for clothes and a bedside table with a reading lamp.
Bedroom one has a compact en-suite tucked away with a bathtub and handheld shower, hand basin and W.C there’s also a light and shaving point. The room is kept toasty with a heated towel rail.
The rear bedroom is a charming, beamed room with a high ceiling and a Velux window (with blinds to ensure no rude awakenings when the sun rises). There’s a standard double bed, bedside tables and reading lamps and a built-in wardrobe with hanging space.
At the top of the stairs, just before the door to the bedroom, you’ll find a shower room with a step-in shower cubicle, hand basin, mirror with shaver point and light and a heated towel rail.
Surrounded by the open countryside this is a peaceful and calm retreat. King John’s Barn overlooks green fields, often filled with sheep, and is the perfect place to escape the hubbub of daily life. Oak Tree Cottage has a gravel courtyard to the front of the property with a garden table and chairs. Relax with your morning coffee with just the sheep for company or enjoy alfresco dining and the fabulous sunsets.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 standard double and 1 zip link super king-size which can be made up as twin beds on request
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shower gel, make up cloths
Heating and hot water: oil central heating with individual radiator thermostats and a central thermostat
32” Smart TV
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin and kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: Dining table and six chairs
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Leafield has a small village shop where you can purchase bread, milk, and newspapers. St Michael’s Store in Shipton-under-Wychwood (2.6 miles) has been recently refurbished offering deli-goods, an off-licence and general store. There is a Co-op in Charlbury (5 miles) whilst Witney (6.4 miles) has a large Sainsbury and a Waitrose. Delivery can be arranged but should be for after your arrival at Oak Tree Cottage. Slatters is the excellent local butcher in Chadlington (6 miles), they are open Monday to Saturday and will take orders in advance. Next door to the butchers is Chadlington Quality Food, stocking a good supplier of quality cheeses, fresh vegetables, and other treats.
The Fox (1.1 miles)
The Hare 3.6 miles)
The Swan (5 miles)
Oak Tree Cottage's unspoiled location amidst the stunning rolling landscape of the Cotswold hills affords it with a plethora of walks. Head to the Cotswold AONB website’s Self-Guided walks section for a wide choice of local walks.
Places to Visit:
Burford (5.5 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (8 miles)
Daylesford Organic Farm Shop (9 miles)
Train - Charlbury is the nearest railway station (5 miles) with regular services from London Paddington.
Taxis - Bobby’s, Pete’s, Charlbury Taxis
There is so much to see and discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
Oak Tree Cottage does not have a grass garden but there is a gravel sitting area with tables and chairs. It is surrounded by green fields which usually have livestock in them, so they are not accessible for guests to visit.
The surrounding fields often contain livestock, please ensure dogs are kept on a lead and small children are supervised.
Oak Tree Cottage and The Gallery form King John's Barn. Both have dedicated parking areas and outside space for their sole use.
One well behaved dog is welcome for an additional fee
Oak Tree Cottage has private drainage
Please note that guests exceeding the maximum occupancy are not permitted for day visits or overnight stays.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Oak Tree Cottage is in a delightfully rural setting with the village of Leafield a mile away. The popular Cotswold town of Burford is less than a 15-minute drive and offers a lovely high street filled with shops and places to eat. There is a wide range of attractions nearby including Woodstock, Blenheim Palace, and the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
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