A spacious, comfortable and tranquil hidden gem, Hillcrest Cottage is an ideal location from which to explore Cotswold towns, historical attractions like Blenheim Palace and Bletchley Park or as a base for walking the many local paths, including the D'arcy Dalton Way. The Cottage was sympathetically renovated in 2015 to retain its all its original features and charm, but to make it a luxurious escape from the bustle of life. Spacious bedrooms with Egyptian cotton bedding, ensuite bathrooms, bespoke kitchen with AGA, and two inglenook fireplaces.The private, walled garden is a perfect sun trap for balmy summers evenings and the log burning fireplaces provide the perfect retreat for crisp winter nights in the countryside.
Escape to the countryside, come and stay at Hillcrest.
- english, spanish
About Sara Thomas
When we moved back to the UK from the United States in 2006, our requirements from a village were simple- or so we thought! Good walks, excellent running terrain, a village pub, a community atmosphere and unspoilt properties with traditionally English character. Sibford has given us all this and more, it is an unspoilt village where no two days are the same; don't be surprised to see the hunt clip-clopping through the village, an escaped chicken wandering down the road, or the Red Arrows Aerobatic Display team flying overhead. We love it so much that we decided to buy Hillcrest Cottage (across the road from our main house) as a renovation project in late 2013. We hope we will be able to convey to you our love of the cottage, Sibford and the surrounding area when you come to visit us.
Sara Thomas purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Sara Thomas chose Banbury
We lived across the road from the Cottage for 11 years, and imagined being able to buy it and give it the love and care it so sorely needed. When the opportunity presented itself, our next move was clear- to begin a labour of love which would take more than a year to complete. As you will see, we poured love and imagination into the project, revealing the unique and classic property you see today.
What makes this Cottage unique
Most Cotswold cottages are small, cold and dark with low ceilings and a certain inflexibility. Hillcrest could not be more different. The light, airy, timeless interior paves your way to the private walled garden, an oasis of calming lavender- making it the ideal location for a summer's BBQ or to enjoy a gin and tonic while reclining on the steamer chairs after a long day of sight seeing.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
A lot bigger than it looked in the pictures, immaculate and well equipped, with nice special touches like bathrobes and a welcome pack of essentials like bread and milk, we had a lovely stay and would definitely stay again.
Charming and Beautiful Cottage
We absolutely loved our stay!
Beautiful and newly remodeled yet it still felt quaint and charming in a farmhouse sort of way. The hosts were helpful and accommodating and got us going with a nice starter pack of bread, eggs, milk, tea, marmalade and butter. Beds were comfortable, bathrooms modern, and the kitchen is large with new appliances. The back garden is lovely.
The location is great: close to Banbury and Stow-on-the-Wold but far enough to really be out in the country. The stargazing was amazing. And there’s a great little pub around the corner. We did short drives to multiple Cotswold hotspots and Blenheim Palace and never felt like we were in the car too long.
Pictures simply do not do the cottage justice. We will definitely stay here again.
Wonderful cottage in a quiet village
We had a wonderful weekend at Sara & Richard's cottage - it is in a quiet village with quick access to wonderful walking and towns to visit. The cottage is very well maintained and Sara & Richard thought of everything, including leaving us free eggs & more on our arrival. Highly recommend.
Beautiful Cottage, amazingly high standard
The pictures do not do this cottage justice. It is beautifully decorated, both bedrooms are very spacious and the kitchen is fitted to a very high standard with an AGA and Neff oven. The owners were lovely from the moment we booked. They recommended a riding school and booked the Wykenham Arms for us on the Saturday night which was perfect. Thank you Richard and Sara for making us feel very welcome
Sehr liebevoll renoviertes altes Cottage. Tolle Atmosphäre.
Thank you for your kind comments and for leaving the Cottage so clean and tidy. We look forward to seeing you back.
Mooie gezellig cottage.
Mooie cottage in een mooie omgeving.
Leuk ingerichte, gezellig cottage. Heel schoon.
Birmingham airport is 45 minutes from the Cottage. There is a train which goes directly from the airport to Banbury train station, which is a 20 minute taxi journey from the Cottage. Taxis are available outside the train station.
London Heathrow is 75 minutes from the Cottage. Car hire is widely available from LHR.
Seven miles from Banbury.
30 minutes from Stratford upon Avon
40 minutes from Oxford (very traffic dependent)
40 minutes from Cotswold towns like Broadway and Chipping Campden
25 minutes from Stow-on-the-Wold
40 minutes from Bicester Village retail outlet for shopping
75 minutes door-to-door from London on the train from Banbury
Banbury is the nearest place to go for most amenities. We have a village shop which is walking distance from the Cottage, in the neighbouring village of Sibford Ferris. There is a French patisserie and butcher a short drive away in the Brailes. We have lots of excellent local pubs, The Wykham Arms, is 150 metres away and The Horse & Groom, is a 7 minute drive away in nearby Milcombe.