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Cotswold cottage ideal for quiet break / touring base.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 large bedrooms to sleep 4/5 plus 1child in cot

Looking for a home away from home? Milestones is a unique two bedroom stone cottage in the picturesque Cotswold village of Long Compton. This renovated cottage sleeps 4/5 people and is the perfect size for a break away with close friends or family, or equally cosy for a romantic holiday with your partner. Full weeks from Friday or Monday.Short 2-3 night breaks from Fridays or 4 nights from Mondays. Just ask owner for details.

The area nestles in a valley surrounded by quiet, rolling Cotswold hills and is part of the larger region designated as The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is well located for visiting many attractions, towns, cities and rural areas. There is a varied assortment of things to do which would satisfy most tastes. Some on the doorstep, others with a drive out. Whether it is walking the Shakespeare Way, visiting the nearby ancient Rollright Stones, Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, sports events like Cheltenham Races, cricket at Edgbaston, shopping at Bicester Village designer outlets or a bus from Oxford or fast train to London for the day. All possible from here.

The recently renovated cottage sleeps 4/5 people – the perfect size for a break away with close friends or a romantic holiday with your partner. Rooms have been prepared with care and attention using subtle décor to reveal ageing wooden beams and beautiful Cotswold stone walls. Although Milestones looks small from the front, guests always comment on entering that it is so much bigger inside than they are expecting.

The lounge is spacious, carpeted and welcoming, centred on a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove, ready to offer those perfect cosy evenings by the fire in the winter, with a DVD and perhaps a glass of wine! During winter months it is very warm and cosy but in the summer, because of the thick stone walls the cottage remains cool when it is hot outside. the perfect all year round choice!

The fireplace is ready to light, provided with a basket of logs and extra available to purchase from the owner. For visitors with young children we have provided a fireguard which fully encloses the inglenook and protects inquisitive youngsters from burning themselves on the hot stove. There is a large widescreen HD Television with Freeview, DVD and CD player. There are two comfortable sofas and an additional covered chair. Two table lamps and one floor lamp provide soft intimate lighting, but there are also brighter ceiling lamps to help with seeing the jigsaws on the coffee table or reading one of the many books to choose from.

The kitchen/ diner with tiled floor, is well equipped with a fridge, dishwasher, electric cooker, comfortable seating, crockery, glassware and cutlery for five people. Highchair also lives in the kitchen for use when required. Leading off from the kitchen there is a utility room containing a large ceramic Belfast sink, and drying space. The space also stores a washing machine and leads to a convenient cloakroom with a toilet, basin and coat hanging area. Leading through an oak door in the kitchen there is access to Milestones' own child and dog proof garden (unless you have a tiny dog, or one who jumps high) , with dining table and seating area to enjoy those long summer evenings close to the gas BBQ (Gas provided)! Small lawn to sit out in the sun alongside gravel driveway from the side of the house giving the cottage its own off street parking for at least three cars. One/two well behaved dogs are allowed (£20 extra) who may make good use of the hosepipe and outside tap after a good walk up the hills.

Upstairs there are two en-suite bedrooms. The spacious Master bedroom has (brand new for 2016) comfortable zip linked beds, made up as standard as a super-king size. Comfortable super-king sized quality bedding. On request at booking, this can be divided and made up as two single beds with single bedding. The en-suite has a large walk in shower space with toilet and basin. Single sofa bed is ideal for a child or small adult.

The twin bedded room is also spacious, enjoying wide views over the surrounding hills, the rooftops of the surrounding Cotswold stone properties and the garden. The en-suite bathroom has a small bath, toilet and basin.

Also space in either room for a cot.

More Details

Mrs Melanie Smart
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2017

About Mrs Melanie Smart

Having previously owned and run several holiday letting properties, when the opportunity arose to purchase the lovely Milestones cottage, not at the other end of the country, but right on our doorstep, it was too good to miss. We had just sold our little restaurant in Stow on the Wold, so it was the perfect time for us.With our background in both hospitality and training, we love welcoming new guests for their holidays, aiming to make sure that nothing stands in the way of them having a good time.

Mrs Melanie Smart purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Mrs Melanie Smart chose Stratford-on-Avon

When we ventured into purchasing Milestones, although it had not been lived in for many years, we were fascinated by the delightful friendly feel that the building had. It just needed to be coaxed back into life and have one or two modern additions. We love it so much ourselves that we are just tempted to move into it ourselves at some point!

What makes this cottage unique

New en suite bathrooms and a new kitchen were added. Not forgetting of course the very popular wood burning stove. Just an addition to the efficient background heating. The location is just perfect for lots of reasons. Being convenient for driving to many towns and attractions has many advantages if visitors want to get about to a variety of places, as an alternative to being completely isolated. There are plenty of very rural walks around if visitors want to loose themselves in the beauty of the Cotswold Hills. Being just next door, we are usually on hand if there are any problems, but are very definitely not intrusive once visitors are arrived and settled.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great couple of days with best friends and the dog! Cottage is very nice and welcoming. Red Lion also great. Thank you for a perfect stay!
Mar 2011
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Long Compton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • Both are fresh, modern en-suite bathrooms and have toilet, basin, electric shaving point and electric towel rail. Electric shower is very spacious to give room for a really decent shower and rub down. Kidney shaped bath for relaxation. Liquid soap and shampoo is provided. Starter supply of toilet rolls. Each guest is provided with one large fluffy bathsheet, one hand towel and one flannel.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , XL is Zip link bed. Travel cot. Sofa bed narrow single size.
  • Bedroom one is a spacious room with south facing cottage windows, bursting with character, lots of exposed beams, thick stone walls and leading to an en-suite shower room. There is ample space in here for the Extra large super-king sized bed (with advance notice can be made up as 2 singles), comfortable single sofa bed sits in the corner as a chair(made up on request) and the travel cot. Large fitted wardrobe with hangers and chest of drawers give more than enough capacity for your belongings. Either side of the bed there is a bedside table, each with a small lamp. There is also an extra chair. Bedroom two contains twin beds with an en-suite bathroom, a bath, basin and toilet. The room has panoramic views of the countryside, allowing the onlooker to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of a small Cotswold village. There is a wardrobe and chest of drawers to store your belongings, wall mirror and a covered chair. There are two bedside tables with lamps.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
You will also find the convenience of a backpack style cold bag with ice blocks for picnics, a large Thermos flask, picnic rug and mat, small backpack for walkers.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Cotswold cottage ideal for quiet break / touring base.
average rating of 4.96875 based on 34 reviews

Excellent Christmas spent in this lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

A perfect family retreat if you want to chill out in the Cottswold and also plenty of stuff round and about if you want an activity based break.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful cottage in a wonderful landscape

  • 5 of 5

We (a family of 5 with three kids aged 12, 9 and 6 from Germany) spent a wonderful week in this cottage. It is very tastefully furnitured and offers a little garden to eat outside. Melanie and David were perfect owners. They helped us with any question we had and provided us with a lot of good advice about what to do in the region.

Long Compton is a very nice small village with a nice church and a very good pub. It is easy to get to Stratford and Oxford. And London is within one hour by train from Banbury. The villages nearby are beautiful Cotswolds spots (Chipping Norton with a lovely book cafe, Stow on the Wolds a little bit too touristic from my point of view, Whichford with a nice pottery and cafe). If you like running the track via Barton is a nice one.

All in all, a clear five star recommendations. Lovely cottage, nice owners and a very good mix between local and somewhat longer excursions.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is great to hear that this lovely family enjoyed their stay at Milestones so much. They were indeed a pleasure to have staying there. It is interesting to hear of their preferences. Visiting the small towns around the Cotswolds, like anywhere, can be very busy during the main holiday periods. In the mid to lower seasons they often take on a slightly sleepier character, but being in the Cotswolds, as opposed to the seaside, stay open all year round.
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The perfect cottage

  • 5 of 5

We can only repeat the praise for the virtues of this wonderful cottage - so warm and cosy in unpredictable April weather (snow on the first day!), so clean, comfortable and well equipped, and with such a helpful owner living next door. Easy parking, and secure garden - Bailey, our yellow Labrador, loved saying hello to the black Labs next door! Only slight disappointment: the whirlpool bath was out of action, but the shower was amazing, and the huge new bed fantastic!

The location is so convenient for the north eastern part of the Cotswolds (and much more besides); we also visited Evesham and looked - with limited success - for blossom! Batsford Arboretum is not to be missed (lots of blossom there!). Would have liked to try the local walks but unfortunately the fields were too muddy.

Thank you so much Melanie for a wonderful holiday - it was over far too soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous rental in best part of Cotswolds

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 very cold weeks in Milestones during January 2016.

We live most of the year in Normandy in France , but know this area very well as we used to live near Banbury.

Long Compton is very special: it has many lovely houses and more important The best village shop we have used, ever, in the UK-- it even has a post officer attached most days for speedy posting and reception of mail.

In addition the Red Lion is one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds-always open and always busy and loves dogs -everybody is happy and the food and staff are just the best..

Full marks to Melanie and her husband for doing a super job in modernising Milestones without losing its charm-;we were very happy there.

The deal was done because whilst we were happy to pay for any damage by our young Cairn dog and we were delighted that they and all in the village loved dogs.

It was cold weather for our stay -did it bother us? No way , we were too busy seeing all our friends in the Cotswolds and are very determined to return.

Thanks to Melanie for making it happen! Yes I have and will continue to recommend to our friends.

Mike and Angie (and GIGI-our 4 legged friend)

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for placing the 5* review on our entry and so glad that you enjoyed your stay. We are currently in the process of arranging fitting of some new, double glazed windows so the winters will be even more cosy in Milestones! We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country, with good village amenities. We will pass on your appreciation to both the shop and the pub! See you again. Melanie
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

My family were so excited when we pulled into the drive to begin our stay at Milestones, even more so when we were given our tour by the lovely and very welcoming Melanie who lives next door. It was the perfect venue for a cosy Christmas with my loved ones.The type of cottage you would see on the front of a Xmas Card, beautiful bedrooms with lots of space and a cosy living room with plenty of character, the kitchen looked small on line but actually was rather big. Melanie couldn't have been more helpful from the minute we booked with her until the moment we drove away. I had a few requests before we arrived, one was buying and decorating our own Xmas tree which Melanie was more than happy to let us do even providing us with some of her own decorations & it was great to be able to carry on our family tradition! We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay, our Boxer dog Burt enjoyed his long walks with beautiful scenery, we made some trips to local pretty towns and spent Xmas morning at the local church. we would all love to return again, perhaps at a different time of year although it was simply perfect for a Xmas break:)

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sending in the review. Always great to hear about what guests have enjoyed. You and your family love to enter into the spirit of Christmas which was fabulous. See you again on another occasion.
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Very comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay of 4 nights duration.

Cottage is very comfortable and clean and warm. We especially loved sitting in front of the fire in the evening.

It was a great place to stay with small children: there was a travel cot, high chair and stair gate - all the main necessities as mentioned in the description.

All mod cons to make it a home away from home including washing machine.

It was a great base to travel around the surrounding area.

The owner was very helpful and friendly.

We had early dinner in the local, Red Lion, which was v nice. A very nice lunch at a pub called The Bell, in Stow on the Wold and afternoon tea at Morton in Marsh.

I would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you all.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Birmingham International
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Long Compton
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Chipping Norton
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Moreton in Marsh
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Banbury. M40 J11
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Long Compton
Car: necessary

This is an ideal area for those who want to take advantage of the stunning local walks, You can access many picturesque walks from Long Compton itself. In fact both the Cotswold Way and the Shakespeare Way pass through the village. For those set on historic relics, the Rollright Stones are within a short driving distance or energetic uphill walk! Long Compton is within very easy access of the university and beautiful architecture and mellow Cotswold stone of Oxford (22 Miles); the grandeur of Blenheim Castle at Woodstock (12 miles); the historic Warwick Castle (18 miles); the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon with its recently re-built Royal Shakespeare Theatre (17 miles); major train and airport links in Birmingham (40 miles); and the historic spa town, race course and centre of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham (25 miles). Even reach London within a couple of hours through easy access to the motorway, Oxford ‘Tube’ buses and local train links at Kingham and Moreton in Marsh

Other Activities: Visit the many beautiful Cotswold towns and villages, Designer outlet villages at Bicester and Swindon.

Golf: Within a 10-30 minute drive in a radius from Long Compton there are at least seven golf courses to chose from. All welcome non member guests. Details of rates are available in the cottage but if you want to explore options before arrival they are:

Stratford upon Avon Golf Club,Stratford upon Avon, Warwicks.

Ingon Manor, Snitterfield,Stratford on Avon, Warwicks.

Feldon Valley (formerly Brailes) Golf Club, Lower Brailes, Oxfordshire

Tadmarton Heath Golf Club, Wigginton, Banbury,

Chipping Norton Golf Club, Southcombe, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Naunton Downs Golf Club, Naunton, Gloucestershire GL

Broadway Golf Club, Willlersey Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire.

As you can see they are in four different counties as our location is close to the county boundries of them all. If you want to look at others try Burford Golf Club, Banbury Golf Club, The Belfry, Wishaw and many more.


Rates & Availability

Long Compton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 14 2017 - May 4 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25.56

Rental periods for Milestones start either Friday or Monday for full weeks, Friday for w/end breaks of 3 nights (or 2 nights in low season) and 4 nights mid-week from Mondays. (note night rates are quoted FROM midweek price). Arrival time is after 3pm and departure by 10am.
During periods when 2 night weekend stays are allowed, an extension is offered on Sundays up to 7pm for £35.Dogs £20 ea/stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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