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Beautiful Cotswold Stone Cottage, In Old Minster Lovell, With Lovely Views

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Sleeps 6 In 3 Bedrooms, With 2 Bathrooms. Enclosed Garden & Free Street Parking



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;

•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;

•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 cloakroom, with a 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.

Free on-street parking is available close to the property.

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23 February, 2017



Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Old Swan & Minster Mill
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Old Swan & Minster Mill
Car: recommended

Old Minster Lovell

Old Minster Lovell is an attractive village, peacefully located by the lovely River Windrush, on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds. Most of the properties in the village are built of traditional Cotswold stone, with a mixture of thatched and Cotswold stone roofs.

At the eastern end of the village is St. Kenelm's Church. The present building was constructed in 1450 on the site of an earlier 12th century church. Saint Kenelm was a Saxon prince and the name 'Minster' suggests that the village may have had a Saxon minster. The suffix 'Lovell' was added to the name from the 13th century when a William Lovel held land around the village.

Next to the Church are the extensive ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century manor house once belonging to William Lovel's descendant, Lord Lovell. Nearby, behind Manor Farm, is a medieval dovecote.

Close to Old Minster Lovell is New Minster, which is the site of the Charterville Allotments. This was an estate of smallholdings built by the Chartists in 1846-50 to rehouse city dwellers in the countryside, to make them more self-sufficient and to qualify them for the vote through the ownership of land. The experiment was not a success and the estate was sold, however, many of the bungalows are still recognisable today.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the 'Heart of England'. The name Cotswold means 'sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides'.

The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone 'wool churches'. The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.

Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.

Food & drink

For a small village, Old Minster Lovell is fortunate to be blessed with a beautiful country pub, perfectly located by the River Windrush:

•Old Swan & Minster Mill: The Old Swan's dining rooms and bars are a myriad of smaller heavily beamed, cosy quarters with roaring log fires, rugged flag-stone floors contrasted by quirky decorations. There are a choice of dining rooms depending on your numbers, occasion and preference, and during the summer months guests can dine outdoors in the picture-book gardens. Celebrated for outstanding and creative cooking, using superb fresh local ingredients, reservations are always recommended.

There are two further pubs just outside the village:

•The Dovecote

•The White Hart

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets. There are also many traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds.


The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main North Cotswold towns.

•Blenheim Palace

•Warwick Castle



•Cheltenham race course

•Cotswold Farm Park

•Batsford Arboretum

•Broadway Tower Country Park

•Snowshill Manor & Garden


Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.

Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Minster Lovell, West Oxfordshire

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17 Feb 2017 - 9 Mar 2017
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10 Mar 2017 - 16 Mar 2017
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17 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
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31 Mar 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
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7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
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21 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
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28 Apr 2017 - 4 May 2017
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5 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
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26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
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2 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
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30 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
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14 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
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1 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
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    Special Offers

    1. Late Booking Discounts: within 5-8 weeks = 5%, within 3-5 Weeks = 10%, and less than 3 weeks before the start date = 15%;
    2. Early Booking Discounts: 5% for all bookings made more than 24 weeks before the start date.
  • Our rental prices fluctuate throughout the year, according to season or special events. We constantly review the market to ensure that our properties remain competitive, and often run late deals and seasonal discounts.

    Most weekend and mid-week breaks are priced between 65% and 75% of the weekly rate, depending upon the season. There are occasional exceptions to this rule, such as Cheltenham Race Week, when the prices may be higher.

    For the very latest prices and special offers, please contact Character Cottages directly, via the Email Manager button below.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Minster Lovell in Oxfordshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

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