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.
*Please note that August bookings will require a 3-night minimum stay.
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.
We had a lovely stay in Christine's little cottage, so much so that we really didn't want to leave! The house is spotless and beautifully decorated throughout and we had everything that we could possibly need. Christine was an excellent host and made us very welcome with a brief tour and some tips for seeing the local sights before leaving us undisturbed for the rest of our stay. We'd definitely recommend and even visit again.
Christine was an incredibly welcoming host and we felt immediately at ease in our home-away-from-home. The surroundings were breathtaking and the village is a treat, with friendly locals and a lovely pub around the corner. The house was in excellent condition, spotless in fact, and we enjoyed the fresh orange juice and delicious croissants in the morning. The house is very well equipped and met all of our needs during our weekend away. We loved waking up to the sheep and young lambs out back in the mornings, and spending time in the garden with Christine's cat. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the house and would certainly recommend a visit to all.
This property is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing getaway in a picturesque Oxfordshire town. It is in convenient proximity to Oxford, Blenheim Palace, and other attractions. The apartment itself is very clean and modern inside and nicely appointed. With two bedrooms it was ideal for our family of 4.
There is a nice local pub literally next door with friendly staff, plus a Co-Op market a mile down the road for any supplies you may need.
Our girls loved visiting with the sheep out back, especially the week-old lambs, and the friendly cat. Allergy sufferers will be glad to know that the cat does not go into the apartment.
Christine is very knowledgeable about Oxford and the local area and provided outstanding recommendations on things to do and see. We're glad we stayed here and recommend it.
Christine was a lovely host and the cottage was beautiful. There are lots of nice walks in the surrounding area and it is very convenient for visiting Oxford. We would recommend this property to others.
Christine made us feel very welcome & the cottage was exactly as described. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay as the facilities were excellent & we greatly enjoyed the local pub. It was very friendly & the meals good.
We were made to feel welcome from arrival to departure. Christine embodies graciousness and we could not have felt more at home. We feel like kin welcomed home! The proximity to pub, church and village are immediate. Excellent, charming self catering right in Cotswolds and easy access to Oxford.
We had a great stay at the cottage! Our family of four was very comfortable, and Christine was a great host!
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.