Rural views from two cosy, quiet double bedrooms. Sit by a lovely pond visited by birds & dragonflies, & bats at dusk. Ancient village with 12th century church & an old village pub. 2 miles from station— trains take 1h14m to London, 12m to Oxford.
Osborne House, built around 1790, is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds and is the perfect base from which to explore Oxford and nearby Blenheim Palace.
You have at your disposal an entirely self-contained two double bedroom apartment attached to our family home but accessible via its own separate entrance, so you can be as private as you wish.
On the ground floor is a newly-fitted kitchen and a comfortable sitting area with TV and DVD/Bluray player with a selection of DVDs. Wireless internet access is available throughout.
Upstairs there are two lovely bedrooms, the first with views towards the village church, and the second looking out over neighbouring fields. Both have double beds, and a separate single mattress can also be made available if required.
There is a new bathroom with a shower over the bath; towels are supplied.
Besides your own private patio area in front of your part of the property, you also have (shared) access to the entire garden and pond. In all, the grounds are about a third of an acre.
Interaction with Guests
We'll be here to greet you and show you around. After that, we'll leave you alone to soak up the atmosphere. If you need anything, or want advice on what to see or do, we're only next door.
Church Hanborough is among the prettiest villages of its size in Oxfordshire, set amidst gorgeous countryside, with invigorating walks through fields and woodland, and all just 20 minutes' drive from the dreaming spires of Oxford.
The Hand and Shears pub is next door where lunch and evening meals are served (see their website for a menu). They also do very good takeaway fish and chips.
There is parking on the property.
Hanborough station is just a few minutes drive away, with direct trains to Oxford and London in one direction, and to Worcester and Malvern (with Elgar's Malvern Hills) in the other. It's a long walk from Hanborough but can be done.
A bus to Oxford leaves hourly from just past the pub and takes 30 minutes. Parking in the centre of Oxford is extremely difficult so a better alternative is to park in Eynsham, about two miles away, and take the more regular 15-minute bus service to Oxford. You could also use the Oxford 'Park and Rides' (car parks on the outskirts with shuttle buses to the centre) to get into the city.
We are an hour's drive from the Georgian town of Cheltenham. The market town of Witney is 15 minutes away and a bus goes once a day to Cheltenham from there.
We are less than 10 minutes drive from Blenheim Palace and the old village of Woodstock. There are several National Trust houses within an hour's drive or less—Chastleton House, Waddesdon Manor, Buscot Park, Snowshill House and garden and also the famous Hidcote garden.
If you are coming from Heathrow, you can either hire a car there (we're roughly 90 minutes away) or take the half-hourly airline bus to the city of Oxford. You could then get the train from Oxford to Hanborough (11 minutes), after which we're less than 2 miles away by taxi. A car is advisable, however.
Approximate car journey times to:
Bampton with Downton Abbey film locations (25 minutes)
Highclere Castle - the setting for Downton Abbey -the 'home' of the Grantham family.(43 miles - l hour 7 minutes).
Basildon Park also with Downton Abbey locations. (50 mins)
Blenheim Palace - birthplace of Winston Churchill.
Bladon - burial place of Sir Winston Church (8 minutes)
Cotswold Wildlife Park (25 minutes)
Bicester Village (30 minutes)
Roman Villas of Chedworth (40 minutes) and North Leigh (10 minutes)
The beautiful market town of Burford (with civil war connections) 14 miles (20 minutes)
Stratford-upon-Avon 58 miles (one hour)
Other Things to Note
There is a steep-sided and deep pond in the garden so please contact me in advance if you are considering bringing children under 12.
Travel cot available
No smoking or candles in the flat.
Please make sure the doors and windows are locked when you go out.
From the 100% positive reviews on the Airbnb site, we knew this would be a lovely stay and were not disappointed. Christine is very welcoming and helpful, the cottage is lovely, all was very clean and tidy, with everything needed for a pleasant stay. Whilst Church Hanborough is small and quiet, the place has easy access to the M40 etc, so we were able to drive into London, and also over to Oxford during our stay without much difficulty. The pub next to the cottage is well-run, some good ales on tap and some nice food on offer. Thanks to our host for a lovely stay.
Christine 's cottage is just perfect!!!! Everything is very clean and tidy. The rooms are furnished with taste and the bed is very confortable! She took care of every detail...she even put fresh flowers. The check in and out has been easy and flexible. The house is in a very quiet area, surrounded by meadows but you can also find a nice pub nearby. You can reach Oxford by car in 15 minutes. We could really taste a bit of British charme and I felt like in a Jane Austen book!
Christine was the most incredible and generous host, making us and our 2 children (7 months, and 2 year old) feel very welcome and comfortable. She went so far as to provide a wonderful selection of toys and books, baby/child sleeping bags and travel cot and linen for them which made our stay that much more comfortable and easy.
We were provided with plenty of suggestions for a wide range of activities both local and further afield, and Christine certainly took the time to learn what kind of things we might be interested in, making suggestions accordingly.
The house was very comfortable and certainly felt roomier than the pictures may suggest. There is now also an extra sofa in the sitting room that's not shown in the profile pictures. Even though our stay was in winter, the garden was still very enjoyable, and we loved the fact that every room has a delightful view.
The house was well provisioned and very cosy. We were VERY sorry to leave and hope to be back sometime soon! :-)
Top place for a quiet stay! If what you're looking is for a beautiful house in a beautiful quiet place this is it!!
Me and my friend stayed there because it was close to a place we were doing a course and we wished we came for a holiday.
The house has all you need, is super clean and Christine is lovely, we arrive late at night and she came out to receive us and showed us everything. The weather was very cold but the house is very well isolated and she kindly had the heating on so when we arrive it was like arriving home. :)
Would definitely come back but for a real holiday this time!! :)
Thank you so much for letting us stay. We had an amazing time, and felt very much at home. The place was amazing. Extremely comfortable, and immaculate. We couldn't have hoped for any more. Hence why we didn't really need to leave for the whole weekend. You were incredibly helpful, especially with the Blenheim Palace tip ;) Thank you so much, we will be sure to stay again if we are in the area, and recommend you to anyone we know.
Christine was lovely and full of information about the area, places to see, walks to go on. She showed us around the cottage thoroughly and explained various things about the appliances etc. The cottage itself was exactly as expected and if anything was more spacious than we'd expected. Church Hanborough is in a good location, close to Bardon and Woodstock for walks and things to do and within a good distance of a supermarket for supplies.
It's hard to put a reasonable tone on what has been our best Airbnb visit ever. Christine is a wonderful host, the two-bedroom annex with her husband Martin's lovely paintings is a warm and comfortable home for holidays in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, and Chris and Lynn run the Hand and Shears pub next door with panache and genuine hospitality. We spent one week at Osborne House, including drinks and hors d'oeuvres with Christine, Martin, their son and daughter in law during Christmas week, they had a roaring fire in a huge fireplace. On our last evening, dinner at Hand and Shears included pan-fried scallops and large prawns for me, sea bass for Eva, a dessert of double chocolate roulade, a plate of cheese and glass of port. Divine and memorable. The village of Church Hanborough is a couple miles north of the park-and-ride to Oxford, about which we also can rave (quietly, of course). The location north of the university city is convenient to Downton Abbey devotees - so we went to Bampton to see St Mary's Church, Mrs. Crawley's house and the library that was the little hospital. We drove to Broughton Castle, home of the Fiennes family, and even made it to the Swan Inn in Swinbrook where Mary and Edith tracked down elopers Sybil and Tom Branson.
Christine provided guides and maps and books for all these and more - we managed to tour Basildon Park 30 miles south where Lady Rose danced with the Prince of Wales and walked the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, only a few minutes drive from Osborne House. Just across the road, in fact, is the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, which is over 900 years old, simple, imposing and of great historical interest.
As you can see, we can't say enough about how welcoming Christine was, how memorable their community and the wider setting of Oxfordshire is and how much we would like to return.
I love history and gardening and singing and my cats. My husband Martyn is a retired stage designer and I used to teach and research. Now I do volunteer guiding in a historic building in Oxford. If you are there when I am on duty, I can give you a free guided tour.