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Priory Cottage

Charlbury

Sleeps 8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
1
Local Pub
WIFI
200+ Mbps
Priory Cottage is a superb Cotswold stone cottage hidden away on a peaceful no-through lane, just steps away from the centre of Charlbury. Behind the Arts and Crafts front door lies a gorgeous and elegant retreat that has been created with great care and attention to detail. The charming living room features a wood-burning stove whilst upstairs are three bedrooms, one of which is a fabulous double bunk room that younger guests will simply adore. Up to eight guests can stay in supreme comfort and, with a delightful enclosed rear garden, a stylish kitchen-diner, and a rare-for-Charlbury parking space, this is the perfect place for a Cotswold escape.
Full Description
Winding lanes meander through the Oxfordshire countryside to Charlbury, a small but thriving Cotswold country town. On a quiet no-through lane, under the gaze of St. Mary’s Church in the oldest part of Charlbury, is where you’ll find Priory Cottage.

Clad in traditional Cotswold stone, outwardly Priory Cottage has a very traditional feel, inside however are beautifully appointed rooms and all the creature comforts needed for a fabulous stay. On the ground floor is a spacious living room with a wood-burning stove and a huge, super-comfy corner sofa and a light-filled kitchen-diner painted in the dreamiest shade of blue that will inspire lazy breakfasts and meals that linger long into the evening. There’s also a very chic ground floor cloakroom. Upstairs is an exquisite master bedroom with a double bed and an ensuite shower room, another pretty double room, a family shower room, and an astonishing double bunk room, with two sets of full-size bunk beds that have been hand-built, with privacy curtains for each bed, making this the ultimate children’s hideaway.

Hidden behind the cottage is a fully enclosed rear garden with a sunny patio and a garden table and chairs set beneath an old apple tree. From June to September there’s also a hammock in the garden for lazy, summer afternoons. Behind one of the side gates is a 3-pin socket which can be used for charging an electric vehicle. There is one parking space immediately outside the property which is suitable for a medium-size family car.

Ground Floor


Entrance Hall:
Step through the reclaimed Arts and Crafts front door into the entrance hall which features a handy bench, where you can perch to remove outdoor shoes. Above your head are plenty of coat hooks, engraved with GWR, a nod to the Great Western Railway which runs through Charlbury.

Living Room:
This elegant, yet cosy room is decorated in calming shades of grey and white and is a welcoming place to relax after a day exploring the Cotswolds. On chilly evenings, put a match to the wood-burning stove, stream a film on the Smart TV and sink into the exceptionally large and comfortable sofa, which can easily seat eight. In the drawers under the TV, you’ll find some games and cards and on the windowsill a selection of books. Dual aspect windows are framed by fabulous curtains from Suzie Watson Designs, you’ll also find her stamp on the cushions and in soft furnishings throughout the cottage.

Kitchen/Diner:
A large, reclaimed refectory-style table is set beneath the front window, flanked on one side by a wood pew, repurposed from its former home in a Walthamstow church, reclaimed captains chairs sit at either end, whilst a long bench completes the seating. Soft cushions and sheepskin rugs add a touch of comfort. Large lamps take centre stage on the windowsill, which looks out to the lane beyond.

The kitchen is painted a stunning shade of blue and behind the cupboard doors is everything you need to create fabulous meals, or why not have a private chef cater for you. An island to one side creates a breakfast bar, where you can perch on one of the twin stools, while to the other side there’s an electric oven, induction hob and a double ceramic butler sink and plenty of storage.

Cloakroom:
The smallest room in the cottage has been afforded the same incredible attention to detail with a beautiful, tiled floor, WC, hand basin set into a marble shelf and brushed brass taps and feature-pipe, heated towel rail.

First Floor


Stairs with a fat rope handrail curve up to the first floor, and two distinctive wall hangings feature on opposite walls.

Bedroom One:
This delightful bedroom overlooks the lane to the front of the cottage and is styled in calm shades of pale grey and crisp white with muted red accents picked up in the velvet cushions, woollen throw, and beautiful curtains. An occasional chair sits in one corner, whilst the double bed has an upholstered headboard and is flanked on either side by night consoles topped with feature naked bulb lamps. A walk-in cupboard provides plenty of hanging storage.

Ensuite:
The well-appointed ensuite features a walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head, a granite-topped table with a circular hand basin and a heated and lit mirror above, a WC and a large, frosted window providing plenty of natural light.

Bedroom Two:
With a décor of the palest dove grey, duck egg blue and cream, this pretty room features a double bed with a beautiful, upholstered headboard, wall-mounted night consoles, with matching lamps, and a button-back occasional chair with a tiny lamp table perfectly placed for resting a drink as you relax. There is plenty of storage in the built-in cupboard.

Bedroom Three:
It could be argued that this is the best room in the house. A pair of bespoke, handmade wooden bunk beds sit opposite each other, providing sleeping space for four. With a wooden ladder at each end, fabulous camel print blinds and cushions, and the ability to create your own hidey-hole with privacy curtains that can be pulled across each bunk, this room is heaven-sent for children. Each bunk also has its own reading light. It works perfectly for two families or friends with children travelling together. A built-in cupboard with hanging space provides lots of storage.

Bathroom / Shower Room:
The stylish family shower room features a marble floor, a marble walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head, WC, and a hand basin with a heated and lit mirror above.

Outside

To the rear of Priory Cottage is a fully enclosed garden, while a paved terrace runs along the back of the house to both side gates and the bin store. Three steps from the paved area lead up to the raised lawn area and the main patio area in the corner, which features an extendable table and eight chairs beneath an old apple tree. There is also a fire-pit style grill barbecue, and from June to September a garden hammock is available. At the top of the steps is a two-seater bistro table and chairs, perfect for a morning coffee in the sunshine, there is also a welly boot rack by the backdoor. To the front of the cottage is a pull-in parking space for one car and a 3-pin socket is available for charging electric vehicles.
Full List of Facilities

Indoor

  • Bedroom One - Double
  • Bedroom Two - Double
  • Bedroom Three - Bunk
  • 2 Bathrooms - 2 shower rooms on the first floor and a ground floor cloakroom with a WC
  • Hairdryer - 1
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 8 with an additional two stools at kitchen island
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 200+ Mbps
  • TV - Smart - No terrestrial or satellite service, please use your own account to sign into on-demand services
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair
  • Sound system - Google Mini

Outdoor

  • Dog friendly - 1 well-behaved dog welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden - Fully enclosed
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 1 car
  • EV Charger - Please supply your own charging cable
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

Charlbury has a well-stocked Co-op food store, which is a 5-minute walk from the cottage, the Co-op also has a car park – this is also useful for a second car, should on-street parking be limited at the time of arrival. There is a Londis convenience store in the town and an excellent deli on Market Street. In Witney (7 miles) you will find Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, and a Marks & Spencer Food Hall. Chipping Norton (8 miles) has a Sainsbury’s Local, Co-op Food Store, Aldi and a Marks and Spencer Food Hall.

There is also a farmer’s market held quarterly on the 2nd Saturday in March, June, September, and December from 9 am to 1 pm.

Other shops: Cotswold Frames (Picture Framing Shop), situated next door to the deli has a lovely collection of interior nick-nacks, gifts, mementoes, and cards. The Heat Store offers everything you need should your stay in the cottage prompt you to think about getting a stove. Visit during “art weeks” and our vibrant Artist’s community comes alive with homes turning into wonderful galleries selling everything from artworks to pottery, leather goods and jewellery.

Charlbury is also served by a Pharmacy, a vet, a dentist, a Medical Centre and two Garages (no fuel). The nearest fuel stations are in Shipton-under-Wychwood, Enstone and at the junction of the B4437 and A44.

Eating Out:
  • The Bull Inn (0.1 miles)
  • The Plough Inn, Finstock (2.5 miles)
  • The Royal Oak, Ramsden (3.8 miles)
Walks:

Charlbury is in the beautiful Evenlode Valley, surrounded by glorious Cotswold countryside, with walks in every direction, including along the River Evenlode to Ditchley Park mansion. Walkers can also join the meandering Oxfordshire Way, which passes through Charlbury town, or follow the Finstock and Evenlode Walk - a lovely 5-mile loop that starts from the centre of Charlbury passes the Cornbury Park Estate (a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest) with a pub about halfway around in Finstock.

Places to Visit:
  • Woodstock, Blenheim Palace, and Bladon (7 miles)
  • Cogges Manor Farm (7.7 miles)
  • Burford (10 miles)
Festivals:

Charlbury plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year including the annual Charlbury Beer Festival, Riverside Music Festival, and a Street Fair. It’s also a great base from which to enjoy some of the bigger festivals taking place locally.
  • Wilderness Festival – Cornbury Park (2 miles)
  • Cornbury – Great Tew (6.9 miles)
  • Blenheim Nocturn Live – Blenheim Palace (7 miles)
Travel:
  • Train - Charlbury Station (0.5 miles) has regular direct services to Oxford and London Paddington and towards Worcester, Great Malvern, and Hereford.
  • Taxis - Blenheim Taxis; Excelsior Taxis and Woody’s 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.
  • Priory Cottage can accommodate up to 8 guests however the 3rd bedroom is a double bunk room best suited to children and teenagers. 
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • It is the policy of this property not to take bookings for groups where the majority of guests are under the age of 25, or single-sex group celebrations, including stag/hen parties.
  • One well-behaved dog is permitted for an additional fee. 
  • Between October and March (excluding 16th December – 02 January) a late check-out time of 4 pm can be pre-arranged for Sunday departures. This is subject to availability and must be booked before your stay commences, a fee applies. Please contact us in advance of your stay if you would like to arrange this.  
     

Reviews

Our family including our 82 year old grandmother and teenage children found this place to be an absolute delight. There were very interesting board games with everything available that we could need and in a beautiful location. The cottage is beautifully decorated so we got lots of great ideas for our own up and coming house refurbishment. We all slept very soundly as the beds were so comfortable. The host couldn‘t have been more helpful, greeting us on arrival and showing us around. Highly recommended!

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Liz
| 27/12/2023

Another amazing stay at Priory Cottage! Ashley and Niki are the best hosts, always so responsive and helpful. The house was perfect for a group of 8 with plenty of space. Everything was extremely clean and in great condition. The location is great, right in the village, yet very quiet. Would highly recommend Priory Cottage for a weekend away in Charlbury! Thank you again, Ashley and Niki!

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Abby
| 17/11/2023

We absolutely loved our stay! The cottage was beautiful, cosy, super clean,very practical and the village was very charming. The owners were always available and kindly answered all our questions. We are looking forward to going back soon!

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Patricia
| 10/11/2023

Perfect English country house in a prime location! It was extremely clean with very high quality furnishings and everything was very tasteful.

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Frank
| 15/10/2023

Amazing stay!! The house was perfectly located in Charlbury and made it easy to walk to the restaurants and around the village. The host was VERY responsive and helpful at all times. The house was spotless and so beautiful. Would absolutely come back! Thank yo

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Abby
| 13/10/2023

Location

Charlbury is small but perfectly formed, lively and vibrant market town filled with 17th and 18th century buildings, some excellent pubs and surrounded by superb walking and cycling. It’s only 20 minutes by train from Oxford and just over an hour from London. Soho Farmhouse is only a 15-minute drive.