Swerford, Chipping Norton & surrounding area
Hillside Cottage, a charming 17th century cottage, is more than a holiday cottage; it is a real home from home, situated in an absolutely beautiful Cotswold village which is about 4 miles from the popular market town of Chipping Norton. The cottage, which is built in traditional stone, enjoys an elevated and very peaceful position overlooking rolling countryside with nothing but trees, village roof tops and fields in the distance. There are numerous well signposted footpaths from the cottage for those who enjoy exploring the countryside on foot. The cottage is detached and is reached by way of a quiet track. It has off-street parking for two cars and a wonderful private garden. Inside, Hillside Cottage is comfortably furnished with antiques. The sitting room is a book lovers' paradise; visitors will enjoy settling down to read from the cottage's extensive library in front of a large open fire and surrounded by art.
In our opinion Hillside Cottage is in a truly idyllic place close to many Cotswolds beauty spots. It has the benefit of an excellent restaurant close by, the Boxing Hare (formerly The masons Arms) with its Michelin star chef. Soho farmhouse and the iconic Daylesford Organic Farmshop are within easy reach.
Please note: this is a very old cottage; it has stairs which are not suitable for the elderly or anyone with mobility issues.
The maximum Hillside Cottage will accommodate is 4 as the sitting room will only seat 4 people comfortably.
One small dog welcome. No smokers. Sorry, no children under 8 although babes in arms welcome.
Changeover Day: Friday changeover is preferred but alternative days are possible by arrangement.
Entrance porch leading into hall furnished with antiques including a classic writing desk.
Cloakroom with WC and washbasin.
A welcoming Sitting Room with very comortable sofa and armchairs, beams, an open fire and fabulous art and book collection.
Good sized Kitchen/Dining room with a new electric AGA, microwave,dishwasher, fridge / freezer and washing machine, antique dining table in the bay window providing lovely Cotswold views.
Bedroom One: spacious room with double bed, Ensuite bathroom with bath, power shower, WC and washbasin.
Bedroom Two with single bed
Bedroom Three with double bed.
Bathroom with walk-in power shower, WC and washbasin.
All bed linen and towels provided. For guests staying for more than 1 week, all linen will be changed and the cottage will be cleaned.
Heating and electricity are included in the rent and a starter basket of logs will be provided; extra logs are available at a cost of £5 per basket payable to the housekeeper
Free wifi and netflix
Off-street parking for 2 cars, enclosed garden with picnic table and benches
A welcome pack of essentials for your first night is provided
Swerford is a very charming and in many ways typical Cotswolds' hamlet with a long history (its mentioned in the Domesday Book). It is still as attractive today as it probably was then. It occupies a quite spot in a secluded valley approx 10 mins from the market town of Chipping Norton and is full of beautiful houses. The village of Hook Norton which has a selection of pubs and even a brewery (brewers of the famous Hooky ale!) along with an excellent village shop and a wonderful butcher and delicatessen is about 3 minutes away by car.
Chipping Norton is perhaps the most 'famous' nearby location. Parking is rarely a problem which makes it a good place to visit.It has a theatre and a good selction of shops including: supermarkets, a fishmonger, 2 butchers and several coffee shops. There is a market square where there is a weekly market. The town has a wide selction of pubs and restaurants including an Indian, Thai and Chinese- all of which are very good. It also has an excellent fish and chip shop.
Closer to Hillside Cottage is the Boxing Hare which has a very good reputation. You can walk to it across the fields or drive there in 1 minute- go up the Swerford lane and turn left and you wil find the restaurant immediately on your left.
Swerford is well placed for visiting Stratford-upon-Avon with its famour Royal Shakespeare theatre. Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace and Oxford and also within easy driving distance, as are all the picturesque Cotswold villages such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh and Burford. There is excellent countryside for walking and cycling. For the more determined shopper Bicester Village Outlet Centre is approx 30 mins away with its wide selection of branded goods at big discounts.
All in all an excellent location
"Lovely cottage in a lovely setting. I thoroughly enjoyed the books. Ms Barden, June 2017."Barden 2017-06-26
"lovely spot, safe garden for dog, Aga, more than one loo. "Mrs Bennett 2016-08-24
"Everything was great, especially the wide range of books and the big kitchen with the aga. And if you are lucky you can watch a fox walking through the garden in the early evening."Mrs Marthesheimer - Germany 2014-08-01