Suncroft in Shotteswell village is a beautiful, Grade-II listed, 340-year-old, thatched cottage built of the local, warm-coloured Hornton Stone. This 3-bedroom holiday home sleeps six guests, with room for two more in the spacious snug. Beautifully updated with a contemporary kitchen, furnishings and bathrooms yet maintaining the character features of a 17th century property. Suncroft is in walking distance of a local pub with countryside walks in every direction. Shotteswell is ideally located for visiting the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon, with Banbury train station just 5 miles away.
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property and reported.
The approach to Suncroft is through idyllic Cotswold countryside, with the pretty village of Shotteswell sitting high on the ridge looking out across Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. This beautiful 3-bedroom, thatched cottage has been lovingly and painstakingly restored and updated by the current owners to retain plenty of original Restoration period character while bringing the facilities right up to date with a modern kitchen and bathrooms. Suncroft sits at right angles to a quiet country lane, with the Old Post Office as its neighbour. Extending down the hill to one side of the cottage is a magnificent garden. The cottage has private parking for two cars and roadside parking for one more.
Suncroft is a spacious holiday home, with a large, fully equipped bright and light kitchen-diner with fantastic views from the kitchen windows. A family shower room sits off to one side of the dining area. From the dining area head into the first of two reception rooms, the snug (which can sleep two extra guests on a single day bed that converts into a king-size trundle bed). Continue up five wooden steps into the cosy living room. Both reception rooms have original inglenook fireplaces with realistic gas-fired wood burners. Upstairs are three double bedrooms and a large family bathroom with an inviting, free-standing bath. The third bedroom is sometimes used by the owners as a study and is accessed either from Bedroom 2 or up a spiral staircase from the dining room.
The long and pretty country cottage garden at Suncroft has a seating area and a dining area, with a charcoal BBQ, just a few steps down from the kitchen. Down a few more stone steps, is the main garden which is laid to lawn with beautifully planted borders, mature trees, a wildflower garden and a carpeted garden room with electricity - ideal for quiet contemplation or a place for the younger guests to hang out. To the front of the cottage, which sits at right-angles to a country lane, is the original front door covered with rambling wisteria, a shared drive leading to a private carport and the door into the kitchen – now used as the main entrance.
Guests enter Suncroft through a stable door, under the covered carport, through the lobby just off the Kitchen. The lobby houses the central heating’s oil-fired boiler, clothes dryer, hooks for hanging coats and a shoe rack.
Step through the lobby door into the:
Kitchen/ Dining Area:
This lovely bright and light, newly renovated room has the Kitchen to one end and the Dining Area and spiral staircase to Bedroom 3 at the other
The fully equipped kitchen features a fantastic view over the garden and on out to the surrounding countryside. A large island provides lots of preparation space, and there are plenty of kitchen wall cabinets housing everything you need for a self-catering stay. There is a large U.S.-style fridge-freezer, an induction hob and fan oven, a dishwasher, a large microwave, filter coffee machine, washing machine and all the other small appliances expected at a luxury holiday cottage.
A large oval dining table at the centre of the dining area comfortably seats eight guests. A small wall-mounted TV is provided to one end, so you can watch while you cook or eat. To one end is a handy antique sideboard housing serving dishes and family games, with an ornate mirror above reflecting even more light into this pretty room.
Family Shower Room:
Just off the Dining Area is the downstairs Shower Room, with a walk-in cubicle shower (small step in), hand basin and vanity unit with a mirror over, a WC and heated towel rail.
Head from the Dining Area, over a small step into the:
The name may suggest a small room but in fact, the Snug is a spacious second living room, featuring original exposed oak beams and a large brick fireplace with a stone hearth and electric wood burner effect fireplace, this room is a great “escape room” as it has no TV! Instead, there’s a large comfy sofa, seating five, and window seating – ideal for curling up with a book in front of the fire or playing a game. The daybed serves as a sofa, a single bed or, when pulled out, a king-size bed. (If you need the daybed set up as a single/double bed, please request on booking.) The Snug has two latched doors: to the Kitchen/Dining Area and Living Room - providing privacy for guests sleeping downstairs.
Four wooden steps lead up to the:
At the far end of the cottage is the delightful, cosy Living Room featuring original exposed oak beams and a thick oak post, and a brick hearth with an electric wood burner effect fireplace. At the Snug end is a seating area with a comfy armchair, reading light, a sideboard and a chest of drawers – a handy place to keep your devices charged up. At the far end of the room, up a small step, is the main seating area with a 4- and 3-seater sofa and armchair perfectly positioned to enjoy the fireplace and watch the smart TV (with Netflix provided).
Head through an oak door in the Living Room up the wooden staircase, with a banister, to the three bedrooms and family bathroom:
All the bedrooms have a luxuriously thick-pile silver-grey carpet, while the bathroom has wood-laminate flooring. All feature a restful white/grey colour scheme with ornate chandelier lighting, which lends a feeling of luxury and opulence to each room.
At the top of the stairs sits this lovely dual-aspect room, overlooking the driveway and quiet country road. This room features exposed original timbers and is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, a fitted floor-to-ceiling wardrobe and chest of drawers. A hairdryer is provided in the chest of drawers. The cosy alcove by the window is an ideal place for a baby’s travel cot.
The contemporary bathroom at Suncroft has beautifully polished limestone tiling that perfectly complements the original exposed timbers. The large oval bath, with hand-held shower, is set on a slightly raised platform, giving it a feeling of seclusion. The bathroom also has a hand basin, with a mirror over, W.C. and heated towel rail.
Head along the landing and down two wooden steps to Bedroom 2 – the Master Bedroom
Bedroom Two/ Master bedroom:
The first thing you notice as you walk into this fabulously spacious and sumptuous master bedroom is the 10ft-high ceiling, with its incredible exposed timbers that create the effect of an ancient ship’s hull. The bedroom is furnished with a super-king-size bed with bedside tables (a hairdryer can be found here) and reading lamps and plenty of wardrobe space, plus a large, ornate mirror and wooden chest at the foot of the bed.
A door with a latch and lock leads from Bedroom 2 down a step into Bedroom 3/the Study:
Bedroom Three/ Study:
This bright and sunny room has French doors that look out onto a roof terrace, with far-reaching views over the garden and on to the distant countryside. The room is furnished with a standard double bed, a bedside table and reading lamp and a hanging rail. A desk with a lamp and printer is provided in the corner opposite the bed, with plenty of electricity points to connect a computer and other devices. (The doors to the roof terrace are kept locked, as a safety precaution, as the terrace does not have a safety barrier. Please do not attempt to access it from inside or outside.)
The property is approached down a shared drive leading to a gated private driveway and carport with parking for two vehicles (end-to-end). Extra parking is available on the road but is restricted. Please do not park across any neighbouring driveways or on the grass verges.
Steps descend from the house to two seating areas, one covered by a pergola with lounging seats and the other set up with a table and chairs and BBQ – the perfect spot for al fresco dining. Both seating areas have a stunning view down to the beautiful garden below and the countryside beyond.
The gorgeous English country-cottage garden is approximately 125ft in length and features an immaculate lawn with flower and shrub borders running down each side, At the far end is a timber summer house (carpeted and with electricity – so a great hangout for younger members of the group), a raised herb bed (help yourself for your cooking) and a wildflower garden.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 6 (+2) across 3 double bedrooms with 1 super-king, 1 king, 1 standard double bed (+ single-size daybed in the snug that converts to a king-size trundle bed)
2 bathrooms: 1 family shower room (downstairs), 1 family bathroom (upstairs)
Parking for 3 cars
Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
Dog friendly: maximum 2 small/1 medium dog(s)
2 fireplaces with gas-fired wood burner-effect fires
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Heating and hot water with Nest and individual thermostat controls.
TV: 2 Smart TVs: 1 in dining area; 1 in Living Room (with Netflix)
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, filter coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Kitchen starter consumables: e.g. teabags, instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
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
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 8
BBQ (charcoal/gas) – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest food shop is Carpenters Farm Shop, just outside Warmington, 1.5 miles away, which sells a selection of locally reared fresh meat, vegetables and over 50 varieties of cheese. Cropredy (4 miles) has a small convenience store. The nearest supermarkets are in Banbury (5 miles away), including Waitrose, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Aldi.
The Falcon - formerly The Wobbly Wheel (1 mile)
The Moon & Sixpence in Hanwell (1.5 miles)
The Green Man in Mollington (2 miles)
Suncroft is surrounded by great walking country. A brochure with seven walks is included with the Welcome Guide at the property.
Places to Visit:
The National Herb Centre (2 miles)
Cropredy Festival (4 miles)
Stratford-upon-Avon (17 miles)
Train: Banbury Station (5 miles) which has direct routes to London Marylebone
Taxis: Banbury Station Taxis, 1st Choice Banbury Station Taxis
Parking: The entrance drive is shared by the post office cottage next door. Guests can park two cars (end-to-end) under Suncroft's car port area, leaving access to the drive for the owners of the post office. Restricted (free) parking for a third vehicle is available in front of the house on the road. However, please do not park across any neighbouring driveways or on the grass verges.
Dog friendly: A maximum of 2 small or 1 medium-sized, well-behaved dog(s) is permitted at a cost of £25 per dog (on booking)
Bedroom 3/Study (the smallest room) is accessed via one of two entrances: a spiral staircase off the Dining Area (no door) or through a door in Bedroom 2 (the Master Bedroom)
Bedroom 3/Study has a large roof terrace that does not have a security rail. For this reason, the French windows that overlook it are kept locked. A key is not provided
The property has quite a few steps, including four steps between the snug and living room, one small step between the dining area and snug, and several steps, with handrail, down to the outside seating area and garden.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
A wonderful stay with my family which included three generations and family dogs. The garden and views are lovely and the house is spacious and has everything you need. The kitchen space is great for family meals and is fully equipped.
We met the gardener too. Lovely man who was very friendly and knowledgeable about the garden he looked after.
Diane - September 2021
Excellent in accommodation, location and administration. The region is rich in places to visit. Good shopping and meals easily available. Recommend highly.
John - August 2021
Just amazing! The house is in a beautiful location - lots of local walks, great local farm shop, the herb centre, and a great meal at the Falcon all within a 5 min drive and all walkable distance. We also found an amazing playing field and park minutes from the house with a hidden gem of the cake shack to enjoy just through the gate of the footpath. The house was amazingly clean and so well equipped. All of the bedrooms were beautifully set up and very spacious. The kitchen and dining area is perfect for families. The garden had two lovely seating areas to sit and relax while enjoying the amazing view and was so large - plenty of room for the children and dogs to enjoy. The sun house was a big hit for the children to have as a den. We also loved the little vegetable patch at the end. Honestly, none of us could fault anything from start to finish. Communication was always very swift and polite. Highly recommend it to anyone considering booking you really won’t be disappointed! We very much look forward to rebooking this again and are hopeful of it being an annual trip!!
Rebecca - August 2021
We spent an idyllic three nights at this beautiful cottage with breathtaking views that have to be seen! Our dog loved all the different smells and sights in the large garden and even two of our guests who are a little less mobile managed to enjoy the covered patio. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. If it's a good Sunday lunch you're after, try the Moon & Sixpence. Stratford upon Avon and The National Herb Centre are worth a visit too!
A well presented property with excellent accommodation. The garden is beautifully presented.
Parking is adequate but tricky for larger vehicles.
We enjoyed our stay at Suncroft.
Shotteswell is just off the B4100 about four and a half miles to the north-west of Banbury on the Oxfordshire/ Warwickshire border. This small village is made up of a collection of period and modern stone properties, together with an attractive Saxon church, village hall and children's playground. There’s plenty to do and visit within 5 miles, including horseriding, clay pigeon shooting, the National Herb Centre, the birthplace of George Washington’s English relatives, several National Trust properties (Farnborough, Charlecote Park, Charlestone House, Hidcote and Canons Ashby), Cropredy Festival, the choice of five pubs, great walking and four wedding venues nearby (Laurel Farm, Hadsham Farm, Castle Inn, Sulgrave Manor).
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