Cotswold Boutique Hideaways

Various villages, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Book from Book from £108 per night

3 romantic cottages for 2-4 and 2 picturesque family houses sleeping 6; perfect for a stylish staycation in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside
Set amongst the gently rolling hills of central England, the Cotswolds are perhaps the most romanticised part of the UK. A scattering of honey-coloured villages, stately homes and stone churches built by wealthy wool merchants in the Middle Ages has created a bucolic landscape that feels like it hasn’t changed in centuries. Easy access from much of the country makes it a perennially popular place for rural escapes, so it’s no surprise there’s a plethora of holiday homes to cater for the hordes of visitors. But none are as special as these 5 boutique hideaways.

Specially selected for (and named after) their peaceful village locations, each cottage is designed to be a cosy yet comfortable home from home. The bespoke spaces have been transformed from humble thatched dwellings and disused barns into luxury accommodation with tasteful interiors, high-spec fittings and quirky design touches. From gorgeous copper bathtubs and modern art, to timber rafters and beautiful slate floors, contemporary style has been seamlessly integrated with characterful original features. A short hop from Stow-on-the-Wold – the quintessential Cotswolds village – the cottages are an ideal base for exploring this Area of Natural Beauty and a welcome place to return after a hearty country walk or boozy gastropub lunch.

Highs

  • Living spaces are bright, fresh and open plan, carefully designed to be both practical and stylish
  • We loved the bedrooms which blend arty decor with oak beams, exposed wood and stonework; the master bedroom of Long Compton Hideaway has a beautiful copper bathtub-for-2
  • Lovely details: great books to read; games, quirky art, Bamford Spa toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and goose down feather duvets
  • Kitchens are extremely well equipped for self-catering
  • A welcome hamper of wine, local spirits and breakfast items (fresh eggs, bread, milk, local conserves) provided in each cottage

Lows

  • 3-night minimum stay in most properties (2-night minimum in Salford Hideaway)
  • Only one of the properties (Bledington Hideaway) has a twin room
  • The local village shops are very small. You'll need to stock up at a supermarket (a 10/15-minute drive away) for more substantial items
  • So cosy that you might not want to step outside and explore the beautiful countryside!

Best time to go

Rentable all year and each season has its charms. Obviously summer is lovely with all that the Cotswolds offers. Spring and autumn appeal to us more though - hiking amongst spring flowers or walking through autumn leaves, and less tourists in the surrounding towns and villages. Each cottage has a woodburner to keep things cosy in winter. Book very early if you want to coincide your visit with one of the local festivals in Cheltenham.

Our top tips

The Longborough Festival's summer season showcases some of the UK's finest opera from Mozart to Wagner. Book well in advance and take a lavish picnic, Glyndebourne-style.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Cottages
  • 5 cottages for 2-6
  • Fully self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Board games
Room:

Rooms

Of these 5 chic retreats, the largest – and most unusual – is Kingham Hideaway. We’ve been looking for years to find a boutique group getaway in the Cotswolds and this contemporary 3-bedroom house fits the bill perfectly. The spacious open-plan kitchen offers sociable dining, with dual aspect bi-fold doors opening out onto the sizeable garden, while a fun games room and snug sitting room are comfortable spaces to hang out. The master bedroom has an ensuite; the 2 other double bedrooms share a high-spec family bathroom.

From the outside, Churchill Hideaway is a quintessential thatched cottage dating back 300 years. But step through the duck-egg blue front door and the interior feels surprisingly light and spacious. Exposed beams, ancient stone walls and slate floors are brought stylishly up to date with Balinese furniture, bold paintings and chrome fixtures. Two beautiful double bedrooms have huge custom-built beds to accommodate 2 couples, while the shared bathroom with walk-in shower and copper bath tub is one of the best we’ve seen.

We stayed in Long Compton Hideaway, an impossibly cute bolthole for 2-4. Huge mirrors and clever lighting give a cool contemporary feel while the thick stone walls and chunky wooden furniture are reassuringly traditional. On the ground floor, an open-plan kitchen/dining area leads through to a cosy lounge. Up the wooden stairs, the 2 elegant bedrooms both have ensuite shower bathrooms, but the master steals the show with an opulent copper bathtub in the room.

Salford Hideaway is the smallest but best value of these great getaways. On the edge of a working farm, a pretty patio leads through a stable door to the single-storey living space. There's a large ensuite bedroom, each room flows through to the next and every detail has been carefully considered to ensure a comfortable stay. If you're bringing a small child, there are lots of toys and baby equipment available.

A gorgeous new addition, Bledington Hideaway is a large barn conversion with exposed Cotswold stone and restored oak beams. Downstairs, there's a plush living/dining room with lofty ceilings and huge windows overlooking the pretty garden; across the hall is a bright kitchen with Gaggenau appliances. Going up, you'll find an ensuite master bedroom, two further bedrooms (one with twin beds) and a family bathroom. Look out for original features that have been artfully transformed into quirky additions: the old cowshed window is now the bathroom mirror and the hay loft ladder functions as a towel rail.

Features include:

  • Basic ingredients provided
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Nespresso
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Private garden
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi
  • Woodburner + logs

Eating

All the cottages have well-equipped kitchens with everything you need to properly cook rather than just heat things up. As well as the requisite hob, oven, crockery and utensils, we found Nespresso machines, dishwashers, measuring jugs, roasting pans, even a carving tray. Most of the hideaways have barbecues for dining alfresco on warm evenings.

Basic ingredients are provided (Oxo cubes, herbs, balsamic, that sort of thing), along with a welcome hamper of milk, butter, homemade jam, coffee pods and eggs. A fresh loaf sits on a heavy wooden board while a bottle of sparkling wine awaits in the fridge. Daylesford, an award-winning organic farm shop, is within 10 minutes' drive of all the cottages. Or head to nearby supermarkets in Chipping Norton or Stow-on-the-Wold for extra supplies (both towns also have excellent restaurants).

If you fancy checking out the region's famed gastropubs, you won’t be stuck for options. Just up the road from Churchill Hideaway, The Chequers is one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds. A few steps from Bledington Hideaway is The King's Head Inn, which has a lovely terrace overlooking the village green. Kingham Hideaway has 2 excellent watering holes within walking distance: The Wild Rabbit and The Plough. The Red Lion near Long Compton Hideaway is a dog-friendly boozer a short stroll from the cottage, while those staying Salford Hideaway should check out The Salford Inn.

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
  • Welcome hamper
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • The delightful town of Kingham - oft called the 'darling of the Cotswolds' - has 17th-century thatched cottages around a village green, and 2 excellent foodie pubs
  • Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, has gilded state halls, impressive artworks and 2000 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland
  • On a cold January day, we were the only visitors at Batsford Arboretum, and it was amazing to have it all to ourselves; snowdrops and daffodils were just coming into bud, and the trees were all frosty. Autumn is, of course, splendid here
  • The area has wonderful walking, including the 100-mile-long Cotswolds Way
  • History buffs will love Malmesbury Abbey and Woodchester Mansion (an unfinished Gothic revival house); don't miss the ancient Rollright Stones near Long Compton.
  • Keen gardeners will enjoy Sudeley Castle, Highgrove and Kiftsgate Court Gardens
  • Bourton-on-the-Water's Birdland Zoo, model railway and dragonfly maze are great for families, as is the Cotswold Wildlife Park (160 acres of parklands)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being
  • Wildlife

Kids

Children are welcome at all the cottages, though Long Compton Hideaway and Churchill Hideaway are best suited to babes in arms or 6+ year olds. Kingham Hideaway and Bledington Hideaway are much more family-friendly, with 3 bedrooms and generous gardens, while Salford Hideaway has lots of toys and equipment available.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Kingham Hideaway and Bledington Hideaway have plenty of space for families, with space for a travel cot in most bedrooms. Long Compton Hideaway and Churchill Hideaway can each accommodate a travel cot in the master bedroom, and have a second double bedroom, which children could share (no twin beds). Salford Hideaway has room for a baby cot in the main bedroom.

Babysitting:

Available at Salford Hideaway

Baby equipment:

A baby cot and highchair to borrow on request (except at Long Compton Hideaway where parents with infants will have to bring their own travel cots)

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Board games at Churchill and Kingham Hideaways
  • Games room at Kingham Hideaway
  • Toys at Salford Hideaway

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
  • Cotswold Water Park
  • Birdland Park & Gardens
  • Giffords Circus (May-Sep)
  • Berkeley Castle & Gardens
  • Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Broadway Tower
  • Chedworth Roman Villa

Families Should Know:

The cottages have lots of gorgeous things at snatching level! Beware of the open staircase at Churchill Hideaway

Distances:

  • Airport: 1.5 hrs (Heathrow)
  • Shops: 10 minutes' drive (Daylesford Farm Shop)
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