The Gallery is a delightful rural hideaway sleeping four guests in two double bedrooms, with an ensuite shower room and family bathroom. At the centre of this late 1800’s stone barn conversion is a fabulous living-dining room with a double-height ceiling reaching up to the exposed beams. Sitting on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds, with easy access to Burford, Blenheim and Oxford, this spacious holiday cottage has a wraparound courtyard with uninterrupted views and just the sound of bleating sheep and birdsong in the background. The Gallery is attached to Oak Tree Cottage, together forming King John’s Barn, which can be booked together or separately. Up to two dogs are welcome.
As you approach King John’s Barn across the rolling Cotswold countryside, it suddenly appears at the end of a track, off a quiet country lane, rising slightly above the surrounding fields. The Gallery forms the left-hand end of the Barn and is easily recognisable by its tall windows.
The Gallery is a super-spacious, light and airy holiday cottage. It has a fully equipped kitchen that leads through to an open-plan living-dining room, with a hugely impressive view through the floor-to-ceiling window to the immediate and distant fields and countryside. Just off the dining area and down two steps is an en-suite bedroom, while upstairs is the second bedroom with a super-king-size bed (can be twin on request) and a family bathroom. A delightful gallery landing runs across the width of the barn providing a magnificent view out to the fields and the living room below. Everything guests need for a comfortable, country retreat has been provided, from the maps to the games and the local pub recommendations to the dog welcome pack, complete with a bowl, treats and a ball.
Outside, the barn has a gravel courtyard garden that extends from the front all the way around the side to the back door into the kitchen. Enjoy drinks and meals al fresco at the large oval dining table, surrounded by sheep pasture, with an uninterrupted view to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds beyond.
Guests enter through The Gallery’s rear door directly into a fully equipped country-style kitchen, with a lovely view to the fields behind the cottage. The kitchen has a cooking/preparation area, with an electric oven and hob, sink and worktops, and a utility area, with a fridge-freezer, microwave, washer-dryer, ironing facilities, hooks for coats and a shoe rack.
Step through the latched door from the kitchen into The Gallery’s centrepiece - the enchanting, open-plan living-dining room, with its double-height ceiling, exposed beams and an amazing view through the floor-to-ceiling windows out across the Cotswold countryside. Look up and you’ll see a gallery landing with a desk - an inspiring place to work or plan your activities for the days ahead.
The dining area is furnished with a long, wooden table to comfortably seat four guests. Behind the table is a handy bureau with local information, tableware and local information.
The living area is furnished with two comfy sofas, a rocking chair, occasional tables and a TV - the perfect spot to relax in front of a film or unwind with a book.
A half-height wall behind the bureau in the dining area conceals two stairs. Head down the stairs and through a door into the en-suite ground-floor bedroom, which is furnished with a standard double bed, on an ornate bedstead, with a small chest of drawers to either side, reading lights and USB charger sockets and a wardrobe. There is a wide windowsill, with a make-up mirror - and a view over the courtyard to the fields beyond.
En-suite Shower Room:
The shower room features a cubicle shower with overhead and handheld shower heads, washbasin with vanity unit and mirror above, W.C. and heated towel rail.
Carpeted stairs with a banister lead up to the second double bedroom, family bathroom and gallery landing:
This delightful bedroom has a wonderful view over the fields from a low wooden window seat - complete with a sheepskin rug and cushion so that you can get comfy while enjoying the rural scene below. The double-height ceiling with exposed beams and an original tiny, triangle window are reminders of the barn’s great age. The bedroom is furnished with a super-king-size bed (can be twin on request), a wardrobe, a bedside chest of drawers and chair, reading lights and USB charger sockets.
Directly beside the bedroom is the family bathroom, with a full-size bathtub and shower screen with shower, washbasin with a wall mirror, shaving/make-up mirror and shaver point, heated towel rail and W.C.
Head up two stairs from the bathroom to the gallery landing, an impressive area that sits up close to the cottage’s exposed beams and wooden A-frame that provides a great view out to the field beyond and down to the living-dining room. The landing has a work area with a desk, lamp and power sockets, a storage basket and a bookcase stacked full of novels and children’s books.
The Gallery has a wrap-around, gravel courtyard, with a large outdoor dining table, eight chairs and a parasol. The dining area is located near the kitchen back door, making al fresco entertaining easy and convenient. There is parking for four cars on the courtyard to the side and front of the cottage. A farm fence separates the courtyard from the surrounding fields, providing unobstructed views across this rural idle.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 standard double and 1 super-king (can be twin on request)
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room, 1 family bathroom
Parking for up to 4 cars on private, gravel drive
Dog friendly: maximum two well-behaved dogs, dog welcome pack (bowls, biscuits, ball, poo bags, first aid guide)
Private enclosed gravel courtyard garden – safe for children and most dogs
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, make-up remover pads and cloths
Heating and hot water: oil-fired central heating (individual thermostat controls), hot water on demand
Standard (not smart) TV - 32”
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, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Fridge-freezer (2/3 fridge, 1/3 freezer)
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
Outdoor seating area
Garden furniture: large, oval outdoor table and chairs to seat 6
BBQ (gas) – initial small gas bottle and tools provided
The Fox in Leafield - a traditional English pub (1 mile), serves hearty meals, welcomes dogs, has Sky and BT Sports
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Leafield has a small village shop where you can get newspapers, bread and milk most days. St Michaels Store in Shipton-under-Wychwood (3 miles) is a well-stocked general store with a deli, newsagent, Post Office and off-license. Milton-under-Wychwood (3.5 miles) and Charlbury (5 miles) both have a well-stocked Co-operative Food Store, open most days until 10.00pm. Chadlington village is home to a butchers and a fine food grocers. Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm Shop is 6.5 miles away.
For a larger shop, head to Witney (6.6 miles) where there is a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and a Marks & Spencer Food Hall.
The Fox in Leafield (1 mile)
The Hare, Milton-under-Wychwood (3.5 miles)
The Swan at Swinbrook (5 miles)
The Gallery is surrounded by open countryside with walks in every direction. Head to the Cotswold AONB website’s Self-Guided Walks section for some inspiration. Guests will also find a framed OS walking map on the wall in the dining area which can be used to plan an outing.
Places to Visit:
Burford (5.5 miles)
Blenheim Palace and Woodstock (12 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (8 miles)
Train - Charlbury is the nearest railway station (5 miles) with regular service from London Paddington.
Taxis - Bobby’s, Pete’s, Charlbury Taxis
There is so much to explore and experience when visiting the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences?
Points of Note
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
There are many beams in the cottage, which do house spiders at certain times of the year. These – and some other bugs - often come out after the cleaner has left!
The cottage does not have a grass garden but does have a large, gravel courtyard with tables and chairs. It is surrounded by fields, which usually have sheep in them. These fields are not accessible for guests to visit.
Young children must be supervised at all times when upstairs due to the high gallery landing. (A stairgate is provided which can be positioned at the bottom of the stairs.)
The Gallery and Oak Tree Cottage form King John’s Barn and can be booked together. Both have dedicated parking areas and outside space for their sole use.
The Gallery is dog friendly: maximum two well-behaved dogs, dog welcome pack (bowls, biscuits, ball, poo bags, first aid guide). A pet fee applies for each pet.
There is a farm fence between the fields and courtyard and a wire barrier at the drive to restrict dogs. However, please note that some dogs could jump the fence, so it is advised to keep your dog on lead at all times when outside.
Parking: there is a private driveway with parking for 4 cars
The Gallery can be booked with Oak Tree Cottage for families or friends wanting to travel together but have their own space. You can share the properties between your group, but please bear in mind you would not have enough seating to sit/eat together.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
The four of us had a lovely week in St John's Barn, a great base for exploring the Cotswolds. The beds in particular are very comfortable with lovely fresh bedding. We were very grateful for the welcoming little basket of goodies and fresh eggs on our arrival.
A beautiful cottage in a fantastic location with beautiful views! Only 10 minute drive to lovely pubs and walks. A very dog friendly staycation with secure fencing to enjoy a nice BBQ outside without worrying!
Perfect location. We were about 15 minutes from local attractions, and only 30 minutes from Oxford. I highly recommend visiting The Fox Inn in Leafield for a Sunday roast, it’s about a 20 minute walk from the house.
Fabulous stay in a stunning setting. Very welcoming and helpful. Centrally located to most of the Cotswolds beauty/tourist spots. A lovely area to relax in the sunshine with a large living space to relax too. Local pub is very welcoming and does great food! Would highly recommend and would stay again. Thank you :-)
Great modern property, lovely and clean throughout. High quality kitchen appliances (the knives could do with a sharpen!) Loved the location, perfect for the quiet country escape for the extended family we were after. Special mention for Hannah who sorted the check in issues straight away with no stress. Only improvement we noted was that investing in WiFi extenders could improve signal strength in the bedrooms, signal only really extended to the living room and kitchen.
The Gallery is in a rural setting surrounded by pasture, with sheep and cows often resident in the adjoining fields. The village of Leafield is a mile away and can be reached on foot, there you will find a village pub and local shop. The popular Cotswold town of Burford is less than a 15-minute drive where there’s a lovely high street filled with shops and places to eat, as well as the famous Burford Garden Centre. There is a wide range of attractions nearby including Woodstock, Blenheim Palace, and the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
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