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Idyllic cottage 12 miles Oxford, 5 minutes Blenheim, Cotswolds. Pet friendly.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 ensuite bedrooms, courtyard garden. Stunning setting, pet friendly, broadband

Beautiful stone built barn conversion renovated to a high standard, awarded ****FOUR STAR**** rating by Quality in Tourism Assessment Report. 100% achieved for cleanliness 2017 yet again!

Features include traditional kitchen with original bread oven and copper. There is an oven with new hob with extractor fan over. New work surface lighting. Fridge freezer and another small fridge, washing machine, microwave, slow cooker, use of tumble dryer. New full size dishwasher and enough china, cutlery and glass for 8 guests. We always provide a small amount of washing powder and dishwasher tablets etc., for emergencies.

One double bedroom with ensuite shower room and one twin bedroom with wet room, fully accessible and located on the ground floor. Both shower rooms have electric heated towel rails as well as oil central heating radiators.

Large conservatory/dining room with doors opening onto court yard garden with dining rush seat/ladder back seating and table for 6 persons and a leather sofa bed with other occasional seats. There is a small television and music/radio in the conservatory also.

Upstairs there is a large sitting/television room, fully beamed with one Chesterfield, one two seater sofa, two comfortable leather easy chairs and one Georgian tub chair. There is a small desk with collection of books and cds.

This cottage is ideally situated on a working farm and horse livery yard. Located between Woodstock and Burford on the edge of the Cotswolds, yet only 20 minutes from Oxford. Please note that the farm is 12 miles from Oxford via the A40 which is a very busy road in rush hours and 14 miles from Oxford via A4095, through Bladon and past Yarnton, which is a much quicker route into town.

Well behaved dogs and horses are welcome. From the farm there is a superb network of bridleways and walks. We have a small 1000 year old Church at the bottom of the drive and a 4th century Roman Villa within easy walking distance.

Witney (2 miles) is a market town previously famous for its blankets and now a vibrant shopping centre with many amenities and supermarkets.

****FOUR STAR**** rating: We have a ****FOUR STAR**** rating awarded by the Quality in Tourism Board. Most visitors comment on the comfortability of the beds and the peacefulness of the farm. We want to make your holiday a relaxing and peaceful time for you. Please contact us if there is anything we can do for you to make your stay more pleasant, including shopping etc. We have been virtually fully booked since advertising with holiday-rentals.

Please note:: As we are a working stock farm and horse livery yard we do ask that children and pets are fully supervised at all times. We have many fields and walks on the farm. The sows are farrowing all year, ewes are lambing in the Spring and mares are foaling in the Spring/early Summer. Please do not walk round the back of horses and mind little fingers! For more details of the farm please go to my website at www.fieldfarmoxford.co.uk

HERE IS THE LATEST INSPECTION REPORT FROM QUALITY IN TOURISM 2016:

Overview

Old Bakehouse achieves a Four Star Self-Catering rating and overall sits comfortably within the rating. It

offers comfortable accommodation in a pleasant farm environment.

Externally, the property presents professionally with clear signage and the property benefits from a pretty

walled garden that overlooks the farmyard.

Mrs Colson felt the current rating was working for her.

De-brief taken place with Mrs Colson, proprietor.

Units Seen

Viewed sole unit (1 of 1). Kindly shown round by Mrs Colson.

www.fieldfarmoxford.co.uk, was fifth on page one of Google.

The property’s web site is easy to navigate and contains a very good selection of attractive photographs of the

property that are a true representation of the property. The Access Statement available on the web site as

was the Star rating and logo. Social networking links to broaden web-exposure were in use.

Cleanliness/Housekeeping

Impeccable standards of cleanliness were noted throughout the accommodation. The bedrooms were

spotless with great care taken in the presentation of all details. The bathrooms were sparkling with fixtures

and fittings highly polished.

The first floor sitting room and the ground floor dining room were also presented to a high standard of

cleanliness as was the kitchen.

The impression gained on arrival was of freshness and cleanliness for which Mrs Colson should be

congratulated.

Public Areas

Very well presented living areas; carefully decorated and furnished very much in keeping with the nature of

the cottage. Leather easy seating was not only practical but enhance the appearance as well. Clean practical

well maintained paint work with attractive use of wall relief adds further interest. Very good quality tiled

flooring in the dining room and carpeting upstairs in equally good condition. Very good provision of occasional

items that included games and books. Well presented solid wood dining table along with well-matched

seating. Thermostatically controlled heating augmented by an electric log effect stove that would be most

welcome in cooler months. Very effective range of lighting offers both practicality and ambience. Very good

spacial aspects for the advertised number of guests.

Bedrooms

The bedrooms were of a very good size. The décor was traditional and maintained to a very good standard.

The carpeting was in very good condition. The solid wood furniture was in keeping with the décor and offered

ample storage and hanging space with matching wooden hangers adding to the sense of quality. The beds

were of a very good quality with the mattresses appearing to offer comfort and support. Very good quality bed

linen.

Bathrooms

The two en suite bathrooms were very well presented with fully tiled walls. The non-slip vinyl floor in one and

the tiled floor in the other finished off the overall presentation. High quality shower in one bathroom and

second benefited from being a wet room. Task lighting was effective and bathrooms were warmed by heated

towel rails. Thought could be given to replacing pull strings, for ease of cleaning, with an alternative such as

old style high level lavatory chain or ball and socket chain with a handle remembering that string at top is

required for insulation or a string of glass beads or hospital quality pull strings.

Kitchen

Very well appointed kitchen continued to present to a high overall standard. Well decorated with effective use

of stainless steel back area. Very good tiled flooring offered an easy to clean surface. Modern units and work

tops offer ample storage and work space with drawers running smoothly. Effective lighting and ventilation.

Very good range of appliances and equipment all in very good order. Plentiful provision of well matched

crockery, glassware and very good weight cutlery items. High quality heavy based stainless steel saucepans

along with very good provision of utensils provided. Very well thought out area allowing for access and use.

Management Efficiency

Bookings are handled by the owner and the property enjoys a high level of business. Guests are welcomed by

the owner and a welcome pack is provided on arrival that includes a tea tray along with home-made cake and

bread, sausages and eggs from the farm, and fresh fruit and flowers with toiletries and general cleaning

materials.

Guest information files are well presented and provide useful information on the surrounding area, appliances

manuals, maps and information sheets are all included for guests.

Potential for Improvement

Thought could be given to replacing pull strings in bathroom, for ease of cleaning, with an alternative.

More Details

Owner
Mrs Pat Colson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, A little French and Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

About Mrs Pat Colson

I was actually born in Cowbridge, South Wales, but my parents moved to the Cotswolds to farm when I was 3 months old. I have lived in this area on farms ever since!

Mrs Pat Colson purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Mrs Pat Colson chose Oxfordshire

We bought this small farm 11 years ago, as we wanted to downsize and concentrate on stock farming and breeding rare-breed pigs and Welsh Ponies. We also have commercial sheep and cattle. The Old Bakehouse was a disused barn next to the main farmhouse which housed the bread oven and washing copper. We converted it 12 years ago into a holiday cottage and it has been fully booked ever since! We have many regulars stay with us.

What makes this cottage unique

Field Farm is a unique farm in the traditional manner. It has lovely old listed barns, stone walls and acres of old permanent grasslands with no corn in sight. The rolling hills descend into a beautiful wetland with stream and young woodland, a breeding ground for snipe, barn owls and other lovely wild birds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our guest book is full of lovely compliments. Many thanks to all of you who have written in it.
Nov 2007
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Amenities

West Oxfordshire District Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bathroom 2 is a wet room with rails and a seat
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Toilet, shower enclosure and basin with shaver point
  • Both en-suite shower rooms have power showers with unlimited hot water. The double room en-suite has a shower enclosure, basin with light and large mirror over with a shaver point and wc. The floor is attractively tiled throughout. The twin wet room en-suite has a seat with rails under the super power shower, wc with rails, and basin and large mirror over. Both bathrooms have ceiling spot lights and oil radiators with towel rails over. We have also added additional electric towel rails for when the oil central heating is turned off in the Summer months.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , There is space for a cot in this room.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , There is a sofa bed in the conservatory
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • 1 double, 1 twin, both ground-floor and both en-suite. There is a sofa bed in the conservatory.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
The cottage has two bedrooms, one double ensuite and one twin ensuite. However the conservatory has a leather sofa bed. We also can provide a put-you-up bed which can go into the twin room providing beds for three children. Please note that there are only two bathrooms which are only accessible through the two bedrooms. The cot usually goes into the double room which has an area ideally suited for it. The kitchen has been thoughtfully modernised. There are plenty of attractive built in cupboards, granite effect work surface surrounding a hob with stainless steel extractor fan and oven. It also has the magnificent fireplace with lovely beams with the copper to one side where in the past the clothes were washed and the large bread oven to the other side. The Old Bakehouse has been tastefully modernised and comfortably furnished while still retaining the original character and charm you would expect from a traditional 18th century building.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Idyllic cottage 12 miles Oxford, 5 minutes Blenheim, Cotswolds. Pet friendly.
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 36 reviews
5

Lovely cottage, adorable NEIGH-bours

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was so comfortable, the owners were really nice and the location perfect for shorter and longer strolls through the beautiful countryside. It was hilarious to be greeted by our four-legged neighbours every morning: faces of adorable horses were the first thing to see when we looked out from the conservatory windows. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much to the Kovanen family for your lovely review of The Old Bakehouse at Field Farm. It is the first time in over 10 years that we have welcomed guests from Finland and what a pleasure! You were so keen to walk everywhere, my husband and I were very impressed! I love your review quoting your adorable "neigh-bours"!! You have just missed the piglets - we have 7 large litters of Oxford Sandy and Blacks now born and there are two very naughty little piglets that escape and roam around the yard looking for trouble! I think you would have liked them!! Maybe we shall see you again one day. Many thanks again. Pat
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4

Very comfortable and peaceful cottage with good amenities

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in The Old Bakehouse. Comfortable beds, good kitchen with all you would need and a very good lounge on the upper floor. Lovely to be able to go for walks, from the door, into the countryside. Although the weather wasn't good it didn't spoil our stay as we really appreciated the peace, with no traffic!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Christine for your kind review. Looking forward to seeing you again one day. Pat
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5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Old Bakehouse! Surrounded by horses, dogs, pigs and green fields. Thank you Pat and Peter for your hospitality! We'll come back definitely!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Catharina for your kind review. We are looking forward to meeting you and your family again one day. Best wishes Pat
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4

A lovely long weekend in the cosy Old Bakehouse.

  • 4 of 5

The setting was fantastic with views of the stables and horses from the conservatory windows. The property was well equipped (especially the kitchen) and clean, including all the facilities described on the website. We received a warm welcome with tea, coffee and cake! Pat was very friendly and helpful during booking and paying for the rental. The property was the perfect size for a few days away. Features including exposed beams, stonework and old bread ovens made the property feel that little bit more special.

We enjoyed exploring the farm and village church, local Roman Villa, and trips into Oxford (about 30 mins drive by car - a little longer than described on the website).

Definitely recommend this!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Abbey for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay here at Field Farm. I am sorry that it took longer for you to drive into Oxford. To Oxford via the A40 is 12 miles (and does get very congested due to amount of traffic and roadworks) and via the A4095, through Bladon and past Yarnton is 14 miles. We personally always go into Oxford via the A4095 and although 2 miles longer, is significally less time consuming and when I used to go up to the John Radcliffe once a week, always took around 20 minutes. I think a lot depends on the time of travelling as well. A good alternative for our guests is to use the train from Long Hanborough (next village). The journey time is 10 minutes straight into Oxford station. We also have a good regular bus service from North Leigh into Oxford but that does take much longer as the route invariably goes around the local villages. Thank you for bringing up this point about journey times and we hope you have a lovely Easter. Kind regards, Pat
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5

Perfect Cottage with a Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

The Old Bakehouse is warm, cozy, well equipped, and perfectly located. The friendly owners were available to answer any questions or to solve any problems. We enjoyed the serenity of the location, while still being close to public footpaths, groceries, and National Trust properties. We would recommend this property highly.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Janice for taking the time for writing a review. It was so interesting meeting you and your husband and the 4 weeks that you stayed here at Field Farm seemed to fly by. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you felt the cottage was in a good location to enjoy all the local areas of interest including National Trust properties. I am going to email you with some parts of Wales that we have enjoyed over the years and hopefully you will be able to plan another trip in the future. Hopefully see you again one day. Pat
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5

Fantastic find

  • 5 of 5

We had a very warm welcome with home made cake waiting for us in the kitchen! Cottage was spotlessly clean and fully equipped with everything you would need. Well placed for plenty of places to visit. Would recommend

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Louise for taking the time to post a review for the Old Bakehouse at Field Farm. I am so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and glad that you found the cottage clean and in a good position to explore the surrounding areas of interest. Just to let you know that Hetty the Oxford Sandy and Black sow has now recovered from her post natal depression and she and her 11 babies are doing well! Iris, the sow next door, has still not delivered her piglets!!! Hopefully see you again one day. Kind regards, Pat.
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Local village
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Southampton
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Witney, Burford, Lynham
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Oxford, Long Hanborough or Charlbury
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
M40
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Ramsden, Barnard's Gate, Long Hanborough,Finstock
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Milton Keynes Snow Zone
Nearest Beach
90 Miles
Weston-super-Mare
Car: necessary

The farm is situated down a private half mile tarmac drive across rolling green fields filled with horses, sheep and cattle, on the outskirts of North Leigh village, on the edge of the Cotswolds. North Leigh is situated approx. 2 miles from Witney the local market town. Woodstock and Blenheim Palace are approximately four miles away. Stunningly beautiful Burford is within easy reach (15 minutes drive). Oxford is a twenty minutes drive. The nearest train stations are Charlbury and Long Hanborough - a few minutes drive. Oxford train station is 20 minutes away and

Central London is a maximum 2 hours away by road.

All Cotswold attractions are within a 45 minutes drive including Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water, the Swells and Stratford-upon-Avon. Warwick Castle is not much further. That is the beauty of this cottage; we are central for the Cotswolds but also very near to Oxford, the motorway network, Cheltenham Spa and central London. Paddington station is an hour by train from Long Hanborough.

There is a plethora of historical sites, beautiful gardens, fabulous houses to visit in the near locality and for the children the Cotswold Wildlife Park is only 15 minutes away and the Cotswold Water Park is not far away near Cirencester.

Other Activities: Bird watching and many local historical sites to visit. There are also a wide variety of excellent pubs/restaurants for dining out within easy reach - The Plough at Finstock, The Royal Oak at Ramsden and the George and Dragon at Long Hanborough to name a few.

Golf: There are many local golf courses. We have had many golfers stay with us.

Please look at my facebook page for up-to-date pub/restaurants and their menus and for events happening at Blenheim Palace and other Oxfordshire attractions. Go into my facebook page via my website at www.fieldfarmoxford.co.uk.

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Rates & Availability

West Oxfordshire District Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season/Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$841
 
 
Mid season/Autumn
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
$679
 
 
Low season
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
$155
$582
 
 
Christmas
Dec 20 2017 - Dec 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
$906
 
 
New Year
Dec 28 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$906
 
 
Low Season
Jan 4 2018 - Mar 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$595
 
 
Early Spring
Mar 4 2018 - Apr 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
$640
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please contact me for negotiable short break rates. A three night low season booking is £360 and three night mid season booking is £425 for 4 persons or less. I usually ask for a 10% deposit to secure the property and the balance may be paid by Bank Transfer, cheque or cash. I am afraid I am unable to accept cards. I require that all guests complete my booking form which is attached via email or homeaway platform.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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