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The Fold


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Deep in the Oxfordshire countryside, tucked away off a quiet country road that leads into Charlbury, The Fold is a gorgeous barn conversion offering a peaceful escape in a truly lovely setting. The simplicity of the pale stone exterior belies a thoughtful interior design that melds traditional features with a contemporary style, ensuring the most comfortable of stays. The Fold sleeps four guests in two charming bedrooms, boasts a sunny terrace overlooking the adjacent woodland and has a tangle of footpaths from the door, it’s also dog friendly. With the vibrant town of Charlbury just a mile away, this delightful bolthole offers everything you could possibly need for a relaxing stay in the Cotswolds.
Full Description
Lying in a quiet setting just a mile from Charlbury, The Fold offers the best of both worlds. A place to stay surrounded by countryside, with glimpses of the valley beyond, the acid yellow fields and the air filled with birdsong, yet with myriad attractions close by. Inside you’ll find vaulted ceilings and pale walls, all adding to the feeling of calm with vibrant pops of colour from modern art and pretty textiles. The sunny terrace tucked away at the back of The Fold is a place to linger over your morning coffee as you ease into the day with the sounds of the wind in the trees as your backdrop. It’s also a lovely spot for alfresco dining.

The Fold is on one level with an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space. To one end, the well-appointed kitchen features everything you need for a self-catering stay, whilst the reverse of the kitchen island doubles as bench seating for the dining area. The other end is given over to the cosy living area with a plump sofa, comfy wingback chair and a Smart TV. Beyond are two pretty bedrooms, one king size and one twin and the bathroom.

A gravel path leads around The Fold from the front door to the rear where against a backdrop of the neighbouring woodland, you’ll find a private terrace with rustic outdoor furniture. A wooden table and chairs offer a spot for outside dining and drinks, and the potted olive trees add a hint of the Mediterranean. It’s a very peaceful place to sit and relax. To the front of The Fold is parking for 1-2 cars.

Ground Floor

The front door leads into the open-plan living space. To the right is the kitchen and behind the pale grey cupboards you’ll find a dishwasher, fridge-freezer as well as an electric oven and induction hob. There is plenty of storage along with a Nespresso coffee machine and a toaster.

Clever use of the kitchen island ensures there is ample seating for four guests. The reverse doubles as bench seating, there are then two further chairs to the other side of the table and a statement pendant light fitting above.

A plump stripy sofa sits against one wall along with a blue velvet wingback chair. The rustic wooden table is ideal for board and card games, whilst the large Smart TV ensures entertainment for all.

Bedroom One:
This king-size bedroom is beautifully finished with botanical print bedding, statement lighting and an olive-green armchair, creating a delightful reading nook. The overhead angle-poise lamp ensures no eye strain. Storage comes in the form of a large chest of drawers, topped by a large mirror and wall hooks with padded hangers.

Under the window is a bath with a mixer, and handheld shower, there is also a WC and a handbasin with a mirror and a shaver point. A sheepskin rug keeps toes toasty.

Bedroom Two:
Bedroom two is a pretty twin room with matching single beds, each topped with an olive-green headboard. Bedside tables are topped with beautiful lamps and there is plenty of light from the window, and the door, which leads directly onto the terrace. Botanical bedding adds colour and there is room to unpack with a large chest of drawers.


Behind The Fold is a private terrace with a table and chairs to seat four. There is an adjacent woodland and a path through the owner’s field to the public footpath beyond. Guests have access to parking for 1-2 cars.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - Twin
  • 1 Bathroom - Bath with a hand-held mixer shower, WC, and sink
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer - Compartment in fridge
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - Smart
  • Highchair


  • Dog friendly - 1 well-behaved dog welcome for an additional fee
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 2 cars
On your Doorstep
Farm shops, delis, and shopping: Nearby Charlbury is a thriving market town with an excellent deli and a range of independent shops. Diddly Squat Farm Shop is just under 5 miles and the renowned Daylesford Organic offering an impressive farm shop, deli, homewares and dining is around a 20-minute drive. 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.

Eating Out:
  • The Old Shed, Charlbury – excellent café, great for families (2 miles).
  • Oxfork, Charlbury – a popular supper club (1 mile).
  • Café de la Post, Chadlington – friendly village café and Saturday evening pizzas (2 miles).
  • The Plough Inn, Finstock – a traditional, thatched pub with an inglenook fireplace and seasonal menu (4 miles).
  • The Swan, Ascott-under-Wychwood – 16th-century inn with flagstone floors and open fires. Excellent local menu. (5 miles).
  • Royal Oak, Ramsden – Grade II listed 17th-century village inn with great food and a warm welcome (5 miles).
Walks: The Evenlode Valley is crisscrossed with footpaths and there are some wonderful walks to enjoy. From The Fold there is a path through the owner’s field which connects with a footpath into Charlbury as well as the extensive network of trails. Walkers can also join the meandering Oxfordshire Way, which passes through Charlbury town, the Salt Way (an old drove road) 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:
  • Little Wild Things – Outdoor adventures for children (1.5 miles)
  • Diddly Squat Farm Shop – Jeremy Clarkson’s headline-making farm shop (4 miles)
  • Woodstock/Blenheim Palace – pretty market town and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill (8.5 miles)

Train - Charlbury (1 mile)
Taxis - Charlbury Taxis; Evenlode Valley Travel – pre-booking is strongly recommended

There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not take a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts for top attractions and experiences. 
  • 1 well-behaved dog is permitted at The Fold for an additional fee.
  • There are two small ponds by the drive and cottage. Parents with young children should be aware. The garden area is not enclosed.


Lovely place, very stylishly decorated and nice and warm. We would visit again as it was perfect for what we needed.

| 17/11/2023

The Fold is just the right property for a stay in the Cotswolds. It's spacious, very well equipped and comfortable, with high ceilings and under-floor heating. The house is neatly positioned with its own short driveway off the one for the main house and backs onto woodland.It's a 10-minute stroll into Charlbury.

| 11/11/2023

Laura was very kind and helpful. We had a lovely stay.

| 20/10/2023

Myself and 2 friends had a lovely weekend. The space was perfect for our needs with comfy beds and it was spotlessly clean throughout.

| 13/10/2023

What a fantastic find The Fold has been! We stayed here for a long weekend in the Cotswolds. It's conveniently located between Chipping Norton and Blenheim Palace.The Fold is only a stone's throw away from Charlbury which is home to two fabulous new pubs / restaurants, The Bull and The Bell. We had dinner at the latter with our two small kids and had a lovely time, highly recommended.The converted barn itself is stunning, beds were super comfy and the spacious bathroom boasts a large double bath, perfect to relax after a day exploring the beautiful nearby countryside. There is also a lovely little terrace to the side of the property which we took advantage off for breakfast outside on an unseasonably warm October weekend.All in all a fantastic time. Thank you Laura and Bolthole Retreats. We loved it!

| 08/10/2023


Charlbury is a vibrant Cotswold town that has managed to retain a real sense of place, despite its popularity. It also boasts a direct rail link to Oxford and London. Soho Farmhouse is 8 miles away and Cotswold highlights including Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are within easy reach. There are several walking trails through Charlbury including the Oxfordshire Way, the Salt Way and the Finstock and Evenlode Walk.