Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds - a great base!

Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds - a great base!


Jan 2015

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Update for 2021 - Due to the ongoing crisis we are not looking to do classic swaps abroad this year but will consider swaps within the UK. Due to the Covid crisis, one of my son's has moved back home and is now resident in the garden room. This may mean that both direct swaps and points swaps are more difficult to arrange as we have more peoples calendars to consider.

Our lovely cottage was built in 1900 and was completely renovated and extended in 2017. It has flexible, warm and welcoming accommodation.

Downstairs there is accessible accommodation which is suitable for guests with limited mobility or disabilities. The floors are all flagstone with underfloor heating which means that it is warm under foot in winter and cool in summer. The shower room has a seat in the shower and a raised WC. Adjoining this is a utility room with washing machine and dryer and a spare freezer as well as drying racks on the wall which can be removed and hung outside in sunny weather. The twin downstairs bedroom has adjustable beds and a TV. The well equipped kitchen is the hub of the house and is where I spend most of my time baking and chatting with friends and family. There is a sofa at one end which looks out onto the garden. The cosy sitting room has wood burning stove and TV. There is also a craft room downstairs for anyone with artistic tendencies to escape to!

The bifold doors in the kitchen open fully out onto the beautiful enclosed patio and south facing garden. The patio has a large table and benches for outside dining and a garden seat. There are strings of light bulbs above the patio which are a lovely addition on warm summer evenings as the light fades.. There is a swing seat at the end of the garden and a table and chairs to catch the evening sun. The specially designed garden has variety and colour all year and there are fruit trees, raised beds and a fruit cage. The pretty front garden is walled and is a delight all year. There is a drive which takes two cars.

NB The garden room is not available at the moment (from Sept 2021)) until further notice. The garden room, across the patio from the kitchen, is fully insulated and provides accommodation for two people with a pull out sofa/day bed. There is also a portable, fold out, single bed which could be used in the garden room or as a spare bed in the master bedroom. There is also a sofa, a small dining table and chairs, a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.

Upstairs there are a further two double bedrooms. The master bedroom has a vaulted beamed ceiling with a velux window above the bed to view the clouds and stars, and there is a lovely large arched window and a seating area. There is a large, airy, family bathroom with bath and over bath shower and a velux window in the vaulted beamed ceiling.
The house is right next to a bus stop with buses leaving for Oxford ( 5 miles ) every half an hour. In the other direction, on the same bus route, stunning Blenheim Palace and Woodstock are just 3 miles away. The village of Yarnton is situated at the gateway to the Cotswolds. Oxford Parkway station is a couple of miles away with regular trains to London.
I am happy to discuss dates and adjust these around the respite care I provide at home as I have somewhere I can stay locally and be on hand for any queries and advice. If you have any questions please just ask!
Because I have disabled guests and parents staying from time to time I can provide a commode and toilet frame if required. It's a great place to bring elderly relatives. For younger family members, I am happy to source a cot etc. if required.


Mary's reviews

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More about us

  1. My name is Mary and I live in Woodbine Villa with my 20 yr old daughter Molly and , since Covid my 2 sons as well! This is making swapping slightly more complicated as there are more of us to juggle! and we have one less room to offer. - so sleep 6 rather then 8 at the moment. I have a partner who does not live with me ( but who will kindly home me during points home swaps !.

  2. I am a retired psychiatric nurse and currently provide respite care at home for people with disabilities.

  3. I love art, baking, singing and learning about new people and places.

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Where is it?


Yarnton is a village 5 miles to the north of central Oxford and is on a regular bus route. The village is surrounded by countryside and has a good late opening shop/ garage which also has a post office and Subway outlet. Our cottage is an easy walk to the shop, church and manor house.. As well as being close to all that Oxford has to offer ( a bus goes from outside our cottage every half an hour), we are easy driving distance from The Cotswolds. Blenheim Palace, with it’s extensive park and gardens , is just three miles away.. Oxford Parkway Station is just a couple of miles away with regular trains to London Marylebone (approx 1hr 15 mins) .

Buzzy restaurants
Cool bars
There are two pubs in the village , The Turnpike and The Red Lion both of which do food and many local pubs and bars.
Retail therapy
Bicester shopping village is 20 mins away by car. Oxford has a new shopping centre.
Bit of culture
There are several theatres in Oxford, lots of Concerts, the Asmolean museum plus many others and lots lots more in Oxford.
Walks in the park
Oxfordshire offers amazing opportunities for walking. Nearby we have miles of stunning parkland at Blenheim Palace and there are many local beauty spots such as Wittenham Clumps, White Horse hill and The Otmoor.
Spot of exercise
There is a sports centre in the next village of Kidlington and other nearby sports facilities.
Day tripping
Oxford colleges and tours, The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, , The Bus Museum, Didcot railway Centre, Waddesdon Monor, Stowe House etc.

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