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Friesland Cottage

Shilton nr Burford, Gloucestershire (Ref. 1091222)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Review(s)

  • Kat

    “The cottage was absolutely stunning and perfect for our stay.”

    The only slight issue we faced was not being able to get the heating working, however we rang the out of hours number, and someone was out to fix it within the hour - brilliant service. Can’t recommend it enough!

    The only slight issue we faced was not being able to get the heating working, however we rang the out of hours number, and someone was out to fix it within the hour - brilliant service. Can’t recommend it enough!

    - Kat, April 2022

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased the heating issue was sorted quickly and efficiently and you were able to enjoy your stay. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

The property

Burford 2.7 miles Friesland Cottage is a beautifully presented semi-detached home away from home which sleeps eight guests, in four elegant bedrooms, with three bathrooms. One of the bedrooms (ensuite) is situated in a lovely annexe in the garden. The property boasts a number of character features including exposed beams, wooden and flagstone flooring and two wood burning stoves, and these have been complemented by contemporary decor and modern facilities including wireless internet access, four Smart TVs, a Sonos multi-room speaker system and a well-equipped open plan kitchen, perfect for social gatherings. Pretty gardens sit at the front and rear of the property, and off-street parking for four cars is available on the private driveway. Friesland Cottage is situated on a quiet lane in picturesque Shilton, an unspoilt village with an award-winning 17th century pub, The Rose and Crown, a medieval church, attractive stone cottages and the picture-perfect ford which crosses Shill Brook. Shilton featured in the popular television series of Downton Abbey, and Bampton, just a short drive away, was used to film the principal village scenes. Surrounded by wonderful countryside, there are many walks and cycle routes on its doorstep to discover including sections of The Thames Path, historical tours of Burford and scenic trails at Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote. Shilton is well-placed for exploring the many delightful towns and villages of the Cotswolds including Burford, Cirencester, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, all offering a range of shops, pubs and tempting tearooms to enjoy. The region is also home to a number of popular tourist attractions including the Cotswold Country Park and Beach, the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and Birdland, and further afield destinations such as Blenheim Palace, Oxford and Bath are within easy reach for day trips. Friesland Cottage is a Cotswold stone semi-detached property located on a quiet road, on the edge of the peaceful village of Shilton. The front door opens into a large, welcoming hallway, with a wood burning stove and flagstone flooring, which leads through to a well laid out ground floor area: Living room: This elegant room provides a wonderful relaxing space, with stylish wooden floors and a fireplace containing a wood burning stove. There are two three-seater sofas, two-seater sofa, armchair and footstool, Smart TV with DVD player, Sonos multi-room speaker and a small selection of books, DVDs and board games; Kitchen, dining and sitting room: A fabulous sociable room for cooking, eating and relaxing, which looks out over the back garden. The contemporary kitchen contains a large dining table which comfortably seats eight, three-seater sofa and armchair, Smart TV with DVD player, Sonos multi-room speaker, Aga (see Key Features), 2 x electric ovens and grill, four-ring gas hob,washing machine and tumble dryer, fridge, freezer and wine fridge,dishwasher, kettle, toaster, microwave and Nescafe coffee machine; Cloakroom: Contains a toilet and a wash basin. Wooden stairs with a handrail lead up from the living room to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms: Master bedroom: A substantial dual aspect room, with a vaulted ceiling, wooden floors and views over the open countryside, which contains a double bed, built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers, plantation chair and a Smart TV.. There is an ensuite bathroom, with a roll top bath, digital walk-in shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail; Bedroom 2: Another stylish room which contains a double bed, chest of drawers, door hooks and a wall mirror; Bedroom 3: This lovely light room contains bunk beds with storage drawers beneath, door hooks and a toy chest with a small selection of children's toys; Family bathroom: Contains a bath, toilet and wash basin. Heading out through the doors of the dining area and into the garden, three steps lead up to the annexe, which contains: Bedroom 4: A beautifully presented room with wooden floors, which contains a 4ft double bed, Smart TV, built-in wardrobe and a stool.. There is also an ensuite bathroom, with a walk-in shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail; This delightful property benefits from stunning gardens at the front and rear, comprising manicured lawns, fragrant flower beds, mature shrubs, fruit trees and a securely covered charming old well. There is a large outdoor table with seating for eight in the back garden, along with a charcoal barbecue, croquet set and further outdoor games, allowing guests to make the most of the warm summer sunshine. Off-street parking is available for up to four cars on the gravel driveway.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with a Smart TV and an en-suite roll-top bath, digital walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double, 1 x bunk beds, 1 x 4ft double in the annexe with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with 2 x woodburning stoves
  • Oil-fired AGA, four-ring gas hob, 2 x electric ovens and grill, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Nescafe coffee machine, kettle, toaster, 2 x hair dryers
  • 4 x Smart TVs, 2 x DVD players, 2 x Sonos multi-room speakers, WiFi, selection of books, board games, DVDs and outdoor games, selection of children’s toys
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Lawn garden with furniture, charcoal barbecue (without coal), croquet set, outdoor games and a covered well
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.4 miles, pub 0.7 miles

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

About the location


Swinbrook 3.3 miles; Little Barrington 3.4 miles; Minster Lovell 6.1 miles.

Burford is possibly one of, if not THE most famous of the Cotswolds' locations. With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford is justifiably one of the most picturesque towns in England. Often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds', the town was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town. Located mid way between Oxford and Cheltenham (25 mins each away) it is a little haven of history and beauty that many come to fall in love with when they visit.

The 16th century Tolsey building, once the meeting place for medieval merchants, now houses The Tolsey Museum, a delightful local museum illustrating the town's social and industrial past. The church is stunning, a real gem architecturally with many interesting memorials charting some of Burford's great families. There is also the signature, on the baptisimal font, of Antony Sedley, one of the Levellers besieged in the church in 1649 - three of the ringleaders were executed by Oliver Cromwell's men in the churchyard. History awaits!

With little changing over the centuries, Burford is now very popular with visitors, both for its beauty and history but also for its shopping and antiques, and for the wide variety of places to eat, with restaurants, pubs and teashops. It is an ideal base for visiting The Cotswolds area as it is within easy driving distance of popular attractions such as Blenheim Palace, Sudley Castle, Warwick Castle and several National Trust Houses and Gardens. Bourton on the Water, Bibury, Cirencester and Stow on the Wold are all with 25 minutes from the property.

Note: WiFi signal can be quite weak in some parts of the cottage.

Note: The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.

Note: The oil-fired AGA is lit between October and April only; during May-September the AGA is not lit however, guests are able to use the AGA gas hob, two electric ovens and grill as alternatives.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

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