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Sweetheart Cottage is romantic and full of character. Set on a hillside lane access is gained either by a short set of stairs from the front door at road level or through a cobbled passageway to the side of the property leading to a pretty garden and the rear cottage door. The kitchen door opens onto a paved area with seating, a herb garden for adding fresh flavour to your holiday recipes, and a further paved area by a small stream where you can while away the day supine in the sunshine!
The cottage has been sensitively renovated to celebrate attractive original features whilst introducing modern eco-friendly convenience. It is self catering with little hotel luxuries.
Bed linen, towels, kitchen linen and welcome basket included
Complimentary toiletries by The White Company
Iron, ironing board and hairdryer
Pretty cottage garden leading down to a shallow stream, two sets of garden /patio furniture, swinging seat and countryside views
Seating area by the stream and seating on the patio for ‘al fresco’ dining
Please note that we aim to be as hypoallergenic as possible. In the interests of health and hygiene:
• No pets
• No smoking
Swalcliffe is a small, peaceful and picturesque village in Oxfordshire on the edge of the Northern Cotswolds. Named after the swallows which visited in past times it is now a designated conservation area and consists of a small cluster of cottages, a church, a pub, a boarding school, a village hall and a Tithe Barn housing a museum of rural and agricultural life as well as a history of Swalcliffe. There are many walks leading from the village into beautiful countryside.
The Local Area
Sweetheart Cottage is situated in a row of similar cottages in a quiet lane where flowers tumble over walls and birdsong abounds. It is a perfect location for walkers, cyclists and families to enjoy countryside pursuits or to simply sit and relax in ambient surroundings. Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, the cottage is an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful area. Footpaths lead from the village, passing through gently rolling hills and beautiful byways. Within easy reach are the market towns of Shipston-on-Stour, Chipping Norton and Banbury, all only 10 minutes drive away. ‘Shakespeare’s Stratford’, is just a 15 minute drive. It is possible to explore the northern Cotswolds, southern Warwickshire and Northamptonshire with ease. A little further afield but still within easy reach can be found the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford, racing at Silverstone, designer shopping at Bicester, a delightful small theatre at Chipping Norton, Blenheim Palace at Woodstock, and historic Warwick Castle. Swalcliffe village is in an ideal location for visiting many National Trust properties, such as Charlecote Park or Farnborough Hall. Nearby villages are brought to life with country pubs and restaurants. Other local points of interest include stone circles, civil war battle fields, potteries and breweries.
The cottage is just a few metres from the local pub- The Stag’s Head, the church, and a magnificent tithe barn.
North Oxfordshire is a wonderful place to spend time out of doors. Gently rolling hills make pleasurable walking whatever the weather; the fields are always changing, from the sunny rays of oilseed rape in spring to the lavender blue swathes of borage in early summer to the golden sweep of broom-like barley with the approach of autumn. In winter bramblings can be seen, in summer yellow wagtails, and red kites soar overhead all year. Badger, deer and other wild creatures are easily spotted amongst the bluebells in woodland, by the bubbling brooks or with ears sticking out cheekily above the corn stalks.
There are many small historic villages, pretty in warm, honey-hued stone, trailing wisteria and hosting cosy country pubs with pretty gardens and open doors. Flowers spill over garden walls and the clacking sound of horse hoofs is a natural part of everyday life. Market towns are home to privately owned restaurants and small shops selling local produce, hand-made gifts and interesting foods. Farm shops are scattered throughout the area and wholesome food is never far away.
This small and often unacknowledged corner of the Cotswolds maintains a quiet country charm and is a wonderful location to kick back and relax or from which to explore the more frequently advertised attractions of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick, Woodstock and Oxford.
We believe in fair pricing; we do not increase our prices for regional events or at 'peak' times, nor do we charge additional supplements for winter fuel.
By Jan on 29-Mar-2019
I stayed at this beautiful cottage for a weekend with my two grown up daughters. It is small but perfectly formed and has everything that you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay. We felt that we were spoiled with a lovely hamper, fresh home made bread and biscuits and a log fire that only needed a light. The cottage decor is very tasteful and we enjoyed The White Company bed linen, towels and toiletries. The cottage also has a pretty garden, which was sunny during our stay and is literally a stone's throw from an authentic privately run pub with great food. Even the neighbours were very friendly. It has stairs on all levels, so is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues and it is not geared to young children, but other than this, I would recommend this cottage to anyone and I have already recommended this cottage to my other grown up children.
By Joe C on 29-Jan-2018
Valerie and Keith are the most wonderful and attentive hosts! They thought of everything we could possibly need to be more than comfortable and feel completely at home. From the moment we drove down the charming little lane, we knew this place was special. The welcome basket with fresh eggs, bread and everything we needed after a long day of travel was so nice, and much appreciated. The hosts were attentive to our needs when we had questions, and responded quickly to email messages. Do read the book with all of the instructions, and you wont have to bother them...they have literally thought of everything, so don't be lazy like I was, and take the time to read it :-) I travel to the area a few times each year, and I will always stay here if it is available. Thank you Valerie and Keith for a wonderful week!Response
A blissful and beautiful escape!
By Lucie S on 30-Dec-2017
My husband and I stayed at the gorgeous Sweetheart cottage for Christmas - and it was magical. Valerie (the owner) has created a stunningly cosy cottage, with every little detail considered, especially when you are welcomed with a Cotswold care basket, including fresh bread, butter, honey, wine, biscuits, milk and eggs! What a treat! We would love to come and stay again and make use of the amazing garden in summer months! The surrounding village is super cute, with a lovely pub only a few steps away. The neighbours are also extremely friendly and welcoming. Thank you so much, Valerie, for letting us enjoy your wonderful cottage and making our Christmas extra special!
This was our second visit to Sweetheart Cottage, just as amazing. It was lovely.
By Mandy L on 29-Oct-2017
This cottage is set in a lovely little village just outside Banbury. Ideal Base to visit the Cotswolds and Stratford Upon Avon.
There is an adorable pub at the top of the road, food and service excellent.
The cottage is full of character features and Valerie has added some lovely touches . We love this little cottage this was our second visit and sure we will return again.
A Superb Cottage in a Beautiful Location
By Martin L on 28-Sep-2017
Great location, spotlessly clean, a perfect home from home with a lovely pub a few steps from the door. We simply cannot rate this property highly enough and the thought that has went into making our stay simple and enjoyable. This is one of the best we have stayed in taking top spot with Blairmore Farm near Crieff in Scotland.
Perfect property in a beautiful location
By Richard S on 16-Sep-2017
My wife and I stayed at Sweetheart Cottage for 3 nights and it could not have been better. The communication prior to arrival, with Valerie, was straightforward. On arrival, we found everything to be as expected, only better. Going into this beautiful cottage there was a welcome pack there for us which was just amazing. Lot's of thought had been put into making our stay as good as it could possibly be. The welcome pack contained freshly baked crusty bread, fresh milk, locally sourced honey, Cotswold butter, pasta and sauce, olive oil, and even a bottle of wine, amongst other things! The property is immaculately clean, with a kitchen fitted and provided with all the facilities and equipment needed for a longer stay than ours. A wood burner in the living room is there to be used if needed along with panel heaters, again, if needed. There is ample seating, a TV, radio and plenty of books and games should you need them. The bathroom is well fitted with modern fittings that have been chosen to fit and work well with this traditional cottage. There were ample pillows and bedding with adequate storage space in the wardrobe. Swalcliffe is a very small hamlet and as such, any visitor may want to explore further afield. Swalcliffe is an ideal base to stay as it's close to many tourist hot spots that are well worth a visit. Bourton on the Water is not far away and is well worth a visit! We could not fault our stay at Sweetheart Cottage in any way. Great value, great service and just a great place to stay.
A lovely property, full of character
By Suzanne D on 13-Aug-2017
We stayed at Sweetheart Cottage as part of our honeymoon. The cottage is located in a stunning village location and within a short driving distance to most Cotswolds attractions. The cottage is in immaculate condition with modern features but in keeping with traditional character. Even the weather couldn't spoil our stay at this beautiful location. The owners made our stay even more special by adding some personal touches. We would highly recommend Sweetheart Cottage and look forward to staying there again.
5 star property
By Claire P on 13-Jul-2017
Stunning property and garden with lovely views. We have stayed in a lot of self catering properties over the years but Sweetheart Cottage is by far the very best. Finished to a very high standard with a very generous welcome basket. Would love to return.
The faultless stay
By Chris E on 04-Jun-2017
Our 3 night break at Sweetheart Cottage has been faultless. The cottage and contents were spotless. The attention to detail to make guests feel welcome was amazing, a lovely hamper, flowers. toiletries etc. and included slippers! The beds were really comfortable and again spotless. The cottage is superbly renovated. The garden peaceful, well kept and relaxing. The area is pretty and quiet. The Stags Inn so close for a drink and meal . A truly lovely break. Thank you