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Holly Cottage

Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire (Ref. 1091201)

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  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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38 Customer Review(s)

  • Gillian

    “A well maintained, tasteful and characterful cottage in a really lovely quiet village location.”

    The furniture and paintings add to the interest. The garden is extensive and also well maintained for year round display.

    The furniture and paintings add to the interest. The garden is extensive and also well maintained for year round display.

    - Gillian, Mar 2020

The property

Holly Cottage is a beautiful Cotswold stone cottage, located on a quintessentially English lane in the small village of Old Minster Lovell. The pretty village looks much the same as it did over a century ago, sitting peacefully by the River Windrush, with its traditional properties containing a mixture of thatched and Cotswold stone roofs. On the edge of the village, close to Holly Cottage and next to the beautiful Church of St Kenelm, are the extensive ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century manor house. Old Minster Lovell also has a lovely pub, situated on the banks of the river. The village is perfectly located for exploring the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, as well as for visiting Oxford, which is just 14 miles away, Blenheim Palace and even making day trips into London. Holly Cottage has an abundance of traditional character features, including exposed Cotswold stone, oak beams, wooden floors and doors, and a large inglenook fireplace containing a wood burning stove. The character of the cottage is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV and a well presented kitchen. The cottage sleeps a maximum of six people, in three bedrooms, with one full bathroom and an en-suite cloakroom. There is a large, enclosed back garden, with lovely views and free on street parking is readily available. Holly Cottage is an ideal retreat for friends, couples or a family, looking for a relaxing break in the heart of England. The front door of Holly Cottage is accessed directly from the quiet lane through the village and opens into a small hallway. The following rooms are on the ground floor: Living room: the large, dual aspect living room has oak beams, wooden window shutters and a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove. There is comfy seating for six and a Freesat TV, with a DVD player. Please note that the living room has a low ceiling and guests over approximately 175cm tall will need to stoop to move around; Dining room: another dual aspect room, with a lovely oak door leading out to the back garden. The dining room contains a wooden dining table, with seating for six. As with the living room, please note that the dining room has a low ceiling and guests over approximately 175cm tall will need to stoop to move around; Kitchen: a lovely farmhouse style kitchen, with flagstone floor, Belfast sink and views of the garden. Contains a double electric oven and six ring gas hob, kettle, toaster, a large fridge with separate freezer compartment, dishwasher, and a washing machine; Bedroom 3: Accessed via the living room, this bedroom contains a king size bed. The bedroom also has its own modern ensuite shower room which contains a walk-in rain shower, with a separate handheld shower attachment, toilet and a wash basin. Steep stairs lead up from the hallway to the first floor landing, off which are the following rooms: Master bedroom: A lovely, large dual aspect room, with exposed Cotswold stone and wooden floors, which contains a super king size bed; Bedroom 2: Contains either two single beds or a super king size bed; Family bathroom: Contains a roll top bath with handheld shower, heated towel rail, toilet and wash basin. Holly Cottage's large, enclosed garden is to the rear of the property, with lovely rural views. The garden contains an outdoor table and two benches. A charcoal barbecue is provided during the summer months. The gate at the end of the garden leads into a lovely meadow with a trampoline, guests with children must ensure that they are supervised at all times whilst they play on the trampoline. Free on-street parking is available close to the property.





  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size, 1 x twin or super-king-size on request, 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite walk-in rain shower, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Double electric oven, gas hob, fridge, small freezer compartment, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee percolator, hairdryer
  • Freesat TV, DVD player, selection of books, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available
  • On-street parking
  • Enclosed lawn and patio garden with furniture and charcoal barbecue (without coal) (summer only)
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.7 miles, pub 0.6 miles

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

About the location


Witney 4 miles; Carterton 2 miles.

Minster Lovell is a village and civil parish in West Oxfordshire on the River Windrush. It is popular for its ruin Minster Lovell Hall, famed for allegedly being the place the ninth Lord Lovell’s remains were found in an underground room. It is often visited now for picnics by the river or long walks through the surrounding meadows, as well as the dovecote nearby. It has several local county inns, including The White Hart and the Old Swan which provide excellent food and real ale. There are public footpaths that cross the field to the parish church or across the river to a small weir where local children often go to swim. Nearby attractions include the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Kilkenny Lane Country Park, both within a short driving distance. Minster Lovell is located 4 miles west of Witney and 2 miles east of Carterton.

Note: The sitting room and the dining room have low ceilings and guests over approximately 175cm tall will need to stoop to move around. Note: For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure. Note: The property has free wireless internet access, however, please note that the signal may not reach some areas of the house and garden. Note: The property's garden is enclosed, however, please note that some areas of the garden are not visible from the cottage. Note: This is an old property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, low beams and steps on the ground floor, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility. Note: The trampoline in the meadow should be checked by adults prior to use by children and children should be supervised outside at all times, including on the dry-stone walls, which are not designed to be climbed on. Note: The front door of the property opens onto the street and guests with young children and dogs should take particular care to ensure that the children and dogs are supervised when the door is opened.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

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