Cotswold Boutique Hideaways

nr Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Book from Book from £210 per night

Three super-stylish Cotswold staycations: two romantic cottages for 2-4 and a stunning family house for 6-11 (with pool)
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 - many of which we've visited and inspected. But rarely have we found anything as stylish and special as this trio of boutique hideaways.

Named after their peaceful village locations, each cottage has been handpicked by locally-born designer-entrepreneur Ben and his team, and stunningly redecorated . Expect luxury accommodation with tasteful interiors, high-spec fittings and quirky design touches. Living spaces are bright, fresh and open plan; bedrooms blend modern art with copper tubs; most have lovely gardens. Throughout, contemporary style has been seamlessly integrated with characterful original features, such as oak beams, exposed stonework, beautiful slate floors. A short hop from Chippings Norton & Camden and the picture-perfect Tew hamlets, the cottages are an ideal base for exploring this Area of Natural Beauty, and a welcome haven to return after a hearty country walk or a top notch gastropub lunch.

Information provided by Cotswold Boutique Hideaways on 10/09/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
Extended cleaning protocols in line with Covid regulations

Policies
Check-in is now after 4 pm, check-out before 10 am

Other
Guests must observe government regulations around larger gatherings, such as the 2-household rule or 6-person rule - or whatever is in force at the time of stay.

Highs

  • The pool at Bloxham Hideaway is a big draw in summer, especially for families
  • We loved the romantic master bedroom of Long Compton Hideaway, which has a beautiful copper bathtub-for-2
  • Other luxe touches include Bamford Spa toiletries, fluffy bathrobes, goosedown feather duvets, great books and games
  • Extremely well equipped kitchens, plus a generous welcome hamper (including wine and some breakfast items)
  • Most houses will accept shorter stays (3 nights and upwards), with flexible arrival day, which is handy

Lows

  • The houses are up in the northeast part of the Cotswolds - handy for Broadway, Chipping Camden & Moreton; not so good for the Cheltenham-Cirencester-Stroud end
  • They're all located in small villages - Bloxham and Long Compton have a shop and pub, Combrook has neither - so you'll need to drive for supermarkets and other eateries
  • The pool at Bloxham Hideaway is only open May-October, and takes approx. 12 hours to heat up
  • Combrook has only one full bathroom between two bedrooms

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 autumn leaves, and fewer tourists in the surrounding towns and villages. Each cottage has a woodburner to keep things cosy in winter.

Book early if you want to coincide with one of the summer music festivals, such as The Chipping Campden Music Festival (normally in May), The Longborough Opera Festival (June-July) or Wilderness (August).

Our top tips

Wonderful Cotswold walks near the houses include the woodlands around the postcard-perfect hamlet of Great Tew (between Bloxham and Long Compton); and the ancient Rollright Stones on an undulating ridge near Long Compton.

Our favourite stately homes and gardens in the area include Hidcote near Chipping Camden (glorious Arts and Crafts-inspired gardens; National Trust); Broughton Castle near Bloxham and Banbury (a fortified moated manor house featured in films such as Shakespeare in Love and Wolf Hall; and Compton Verney near Combrook and Warwick (art gallery and parklands).

For chic shopping and spa days, both Daylesford Organics and Soho Farmhouse are within a short drive of Bloxham and Long Compton.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Boutique Cottages
  • 3 cottages for 2-10
  • Fully self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated 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:

Long Compton Hideaway

We loved our stay in this 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. The kitchen is very well equipped: besides the requisite hob, oven, crockery and utensils, we found Nespresso machine, dishwasher, measuring jugs, roasting pans, even a carving tray. Basic ingredients are provided (Oxo cubes, herbs, balsamic, that sort of thing), along with a welcome hamper of milk, butter, homemade jam, coffee pods, eggs and fresh bread.

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.

If you want to eat out, The Red Lion is a good dog-friendly boozer a short stroll from the cottage. Or head to the excellent restaurants, delis and supermarkets in Chipping Norton or Stow-on-the-Wold.

Bloxham Hideaway

If you're a large family (or two) looking for a chic holiday cottage in the Cotswolds, this contemporary 5-bedroom house fits the bill perfectly. The spacious kitchen and dining room offer sociable dining; there are 3 lounges to hang out (including an adults' only snug with a fireplace, and a kids TV room), and the large garden is amazing for families, with a climbing frame, trampoline, BBQ and heated pool. The master bedroom has an ensuite; the second bedroom has a gorgeous in-room rolltop tub, and the other bedrooms (another double and a twin for adults, a bunkbed room for 2-3 kids) share a high-spec family bathroom.

Bloxham Hideaway is close to 2 great pubs: another Red Lion and the Joiner's Arms.

Eating: Bloxham
Activity:

Combrook Hideaway

Combrook is a tiny village of just 150 souls, nearer to Warwick than to Chipping Norton. But it shares the same pastoral beauty as those Cotswold villages - pretty thatched cottages, a striking church, its own Georgian manor house and lake - yet without the twee-ness, or the tourists.

This tall stone house, with its unusual corrugated iron roof and lovely lawned gardens yielding to semi-wild meadows, is perfect for a small family or two couples. A newer extension around the side and rear houses the living spaces, which feel contemporary and bright thanks to white walls, velux windows and bi-fold doors to the garden. It combines stylish fittings (Smeg fridge, stainless steel range) with rustic touches, such as flagstoned floors, exposed stonework, leather armchairs and an upcycled wooden-pallet coffee table by the vast sitting room hearth.

Upstairs is the first of the two double (kingsize) bedrooms, with its white-on-white palette drawing the light in from old leaded windows. Next door is the (only) bathroom, with its copper effect rolltop bath tub and separate shower. The second bedroom is one flight further up, tucked under ancient and slightly wonky beams; bear in mind that you'll need to go downstairs for the bathroom.

The house's trump card, arguably, are the lovely gardens which include a paved dining area and log burner outside the kitchen, an enclosed lawn (we love the ecclesiastical window in the wooden dividing wall) and, beyond that, sloping meadows grown high with grasses and wild flowers - perfect for picnics and summer snoozes. Don't forget to visit lovely Compton Verney at the end of the lane, with its indoor & outdoor art galleries, lake, parklands and restaurant.

Kids

Children are welcome at all cottages, and the region is full of family-friendly activities, especially outdoorsy ones. The outdoor swimming pool at Bloxham Hideaway is a big draw in summer. Combrook Hideaway is not suitable for toddlers and small children, due to steep steps in the house.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Bloxham Hideaway is the best for families, with 5 bedrooms, including a nursery with bunks, plus a twin room kids could sleep in. There's also a games room, and a massive garden with a heated pool, trampoline and climbing frame.

Long Compton and Combrook Hideaways each have two double bedrooms, so would work for a small family - i.e. with one child, or two who don't mind sharing a double bed, or a baby (if you can bring your own cot). But note that Combrook has steep steps, and Long Compton is not toddler-proof either, so we think they are best suited to babes in arms or 6+ year olds.

Baby equipment:

A baby cot and highchair on request (at Bloxham only)

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

Kids Activities on site:

  • Board games at Bloxham Hideaway
  • Games room with table football & ping pong at Bloxham Hideaway
  • Heated pool, trampoline and climbing frame at Bloxham 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
  • Broughton Castle
  • Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Broadway Tower
  • Chedworth Roman Villa

Families Should Know:

Combrook has steep steps. Bloxham pool is unfenced. All cottages have lots of gorgeous things at snatching level!

Distances:

  • Airport: 1.5 hrs (Heathrow)
  • Shops: 5-10 minutes' drive
Kid Friendly: Broughton Castle

Location

The cottages are in the northeast part of the Cotswolds, in the charming villages of Long Compton and Combrook (in Warwickshire), and in the larger village of Bloxham (in Oxfordshire)

See all cottages on a Google map

By Air:
London Heathrow is your best bet if arriving from overseas; Bristol and Birmingham also receive international flights. There is a small airfield outside Oxford, which receives private flights if you're feeling flush.

By Car:
It's easiest to arrive by car, and there is normally on-street parking. The approximate driving time from London is 1.5 hours, likewise Birmingham or Bristol. See our car rental recommendations.

By Train:
The nearest train station to Long Compton is Kingham, which is connected to London Paddington by direct trains (journey time approx 1h15). Bloxham's nearest station is Banbury (4 miles).

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to the UK and getting around

Airports:

  • London Heathrow 111.0 km LHR
  • Bristol 122.0 km BRS

Other:

  • Beach 150.0 km
  • Shops 0.5 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
10/10
Overall

Fabulous cottage and delighted to be snowed in for two days. Local pub was excellent and in walking distance during the really bad weather conditions.

9/10,

We stay at the Kingham House - the layout and beds were great. Great walk from the door to Daylesford though the fields - it would be useful to have a book of information on local walks provided. Book early for Wild Rabbit!

10/10,

We enjoyed having an access to streaming services ie Netflix, Amazon prime etc. We also visited Stratford upon Avon for a Shakespeare play which was also enjoyable!

10/10,

A beautiful home, extremely elegant yet still cosy and homey, with a very high attention to detail. Great kitchen, great dining room table. Located perfectly for nice nature walks and days out in the beautiful area.

8/10,

We had a lovely stay at Yarrow. It s so beautifully furnished and decorated. Felt like home. It was ever better than we expected based on the pictures. We asked for a later checkout and it was no problem. So If you are looking for a gorgeous place to stay in the Cotswolds, I would highly recommend this one.

10/10,

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