Vine Cottage is the perfect bolthole. It is charming and welcoming and jam-packed with character. Lying on pretty Sheep Street, amongst a tangle of higgledy-piggledy Cotswold stone houses, this is the quintessential Cotswold escape. It’s perfectly suited for a couple looking for a countryside break with wonderful walks and great places to eat on the doorstep. Charlbury has a direct rail service to London and Oxford so you can even leave the car behind. There’s a cosy living room, stylish galley kitchen and two bedrooms. Tucked in behind is a peaceful courtyard, perfect for peaceful evening drinks and alfresco dining.
Tucked into the pretty Evenlode Valley, Charlbury is a thriving market town surrounded by beautiful countryside. Vine Cottage sits on Sheep Street, and as the name suggests this is where sheep were once herded through the town on their way to market. Today it’s lined with traditional townhouses and pretty cottages, giving a real sense of place.
Step inside and you’ll find a warm and inviting living room with a wood-burner effect gas fire set in the original fireplace. This leads to the inner hall and a beautifully fitted bathroom with a shower, and a stylish galley kitchen which is equipped with everything you need for a self-catering stay. The breakfast bar is a welcome space for meals, reading the morning papers or even catching up with work if it really can’t be left behind. Upstairs there is a spacious king-size bedroom with views over the street beyond and a delightful single, which is perfectly suited for younger guests.
Step through the backdoor and there is a peaceful courtyard with a bistro table and chairs. Relax here with your morning coffee or enjoy drinks on balmy evenings before dinner. There is no allocated parking but on-street parking is usually available, or why not hop on the train and leave the car behind?
The front door opens into a charming living room, the large fireplace houses a wood burner effect gas fire which is perfect for cosy nights in. There’s a comfy two-seater sofa and an armchair, which is set by the sash window. Pale ochre yellow walls feature classic paintings and occasional tables with side lamps add a gentle and soft light. To one side of the fireplace, there’s a Smart TV and on the other side alcove shelves hold a selection of classic books and a pack of cards.
Set off the inner hall, the beautifully appointed shower room is fully tiled with soft grey stone tiles and features an enclosed shower cubicle with a rainfall shower and a handheld shower head, there is also a toilet and a handbasin, with a well-lit mirror above it.
Under the stairs is a useful storage cupboard where you’ll find pots and pans and space to store supplies you may bring with you. This is also where the kettle and toaster live. Continue into the stylish kitchen with dark blue cupboards offering a lovely contrast to the pale wooden floor and white surfaces and pretty blue and white plates hanging above the decorative tiling. With a full oven, gas hob, fridge with a freezer box, washer-dryer and even a slimline dishwasher, there is everything practical needed for a self-catering stay. You’ll find glassware on a wooden shelf (please do not put anything else on this shelf). A breakfast bar runs along one wall with two high-backed stools. Perch here for your morning coffee and easy meals or relax with the papers as the day begins.
Stairs lead to the first floor, there are handrails on the wall, however, the other side is open, and care is needed.
This spacious room is decorated in a pretty country-style with a king-size bed, and woven wicker bedside tables with reading lamps, an occasional chair, and an antique pine chest of drawers. The original fireplace remains in situ, although is no longer in use. The large, low sash window looks out to the street beyond.
This cute room is the perfect size for a child. The roof eaves create interesting shapes and head-heights, whilst the single bed could be straight out of the children’s classic ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’. There are hooks with wooden hangers for storage.
Through the back door, there’s a peaceful courtyard with a bistro table and chairs. It’s a lovely spot for simply relaxing and surrounded by a backdrop of trees there is a real sense of being in the countryside. There is a gate from the courtyard to the owner’s garden, which is private. The front of the cottage has a tiny front garden, with an iron gate and five shallow steps to the front door. There is no allocated parking space however on-street parking is usually available.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 2+1 in 2 bedrooms across 1 king-size and 1 single
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water via central heating with a central thermostat control. The hot water is on constantly
Free Wi-Fi *25-49 Mb/s
A small selection of classic books and a pack of cards
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, cafetiere, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Fridge with a small freezer box
Washer / Dryer
Ironing board, iron – please request these in advance of your stay as they are not stored in the cottage
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) please request these at the time of booking as they are not stored in the cottage
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: Bistro table and chairs.
* Wi-Fi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Charlbury has a very well-stocked Co-Operative shop (300m), selling a wide range of food and drinks. There is also Charlbury Deli (100m) on Market Street, a one-minute walk away. For larger supermarkets head to Witney where there is a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, and a Marks & Spencer Food Hall. There is also a farmer’s market held quarterly on the 2nd Saturday in March, June, September, and December from 9am to 1pm.
The Bull, Charlbury (100m)
Royal Oak, Ramsden (4 miles)
The Falkland Arms, Great Tew (6 miles)
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, 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 and 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:
Diddly Squat Farm Shop, Chadlington (4 miles)
Woodstock, Blenheim Palace, and Bladon (7 miles)
Longborough Festival Opera (16 miles)
Train - Charlbury has direct services to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington, and to Worcester, Great Malvern, and Hereford.
Taxis – Woody’s Taxi
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Points of Note
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted
The stairs are quite open and narrow, care must be taken
Due to the open-plan nature of the stairs, Vine Cottage welcomes babes-in-arms and children over the age of 6 years.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Charlbury is a small but vibrant and thriving Oxfordshire market town, that has escaped the hordes of Cotswold tourists, making it a delightful place to discover. It benefits from a direct train line to London, which takes an hour whilst Oxford is twenty minutes. The town is filled with historic buildings, independent shops, great pubs, and there are walks in all directions including the Charlbury Circular Route, the Oxfordshire Way, and the Cotswold Way. There’s also an active cricket club and a recreation ground with tennis courts and football pitches, and the town is home to the Riverside Festival and famous Wilderness music festival in the grounds of Cornbury Park. The renowned Longborough Festival Opera is only a 30-minute drive.
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