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Priors Mead

(Ref. 1001449)

Claydon near Cropredy, Oxfordshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Sadly, not the best cottage we have ever stayed in."

    Lovely building and garden, but tired and could do with updating. On arrival, we found rubbish in the downstairs bathroom,l bin, dirty teatowels in the washing machine, rubbish in the log basket and cobwebs everywhere. There was also a leaky tap in the kitchen and limescale on the taps in the bathroom and in the bath. We had to pre wash all the pots and pans we used due to them having a layer of grease on as though they had previously been washed in greasy cold water. I didn't bring this up at the time as they were all issues that needed dealing with immediately, and TBH, I was on holiday and didn't fancy an argument. A real shame, as with a bit of love and attention, this large characterful cottage could be so much better.

    We take negative feedback very seriously and will be discussing these issues with our cleaning team. The things you mentioned should not have been overlooked and we are grateful to you for raising them. Thank you also for making us aware of the leaking kitchen tap. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin2.8Feb 2024

  • "We had the most amazing stay visiting family back in January."

    Can’t fault the property at all. Cosy cottage with so much space. Will definitely be returning.

    We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and were able to catch up with local friends. We will be delighted to have you back any time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Jan 2024

  • "This is a quirky yet roomy and cosy cottage, which is well situated for exploring the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire countryside and towns."

    Whilst there is not a pub or shop in the village, there is an excellent pub a short distance away in Cropredy and shops a short drive in Banbury. Overall if you are looking for a quiet escape set within some lovely countryside, this is an ideal place.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know that you found it to be well situated and that you enjoyed the serenity of the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. We hope to welcome you back in future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Nov 2023

  • "Just returned from a lovely stay at priors mead and can thoroughly recommend this lovely little cottage as a base for a relaxing getaway."

    For anyone with children, i can recommend Broughton Castle and the Waterfoul Sanctuary Petting Zoo! For food and entertainment on a Saturday night, i can recommend The Chatsworth in Banbury. The food is outstanding and they have live music on every Saturday. Also, kids are welcome to stay to closing if you are eating. Staff were lovely and even organised us a taxi back!

    We are really pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Priors Mead and great to hear you found lots to entertain the family in the surrounding area. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Aug 2023

  • "Delightfully characterful, very comfortable beds, wonderful views and a joy to sit in an English country garden."

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. The garden and the views really area a highlight in summer! We hope to welcome you back in future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ro4.4Jun 2023

  • "Our 3 nights at Priors Mead were exactly what we were looking for."

    A cosy, charming, quintessentially English country cottage with stunning views over open countryside, which was dog-friendly having an enclosed rear garden. The cottage was extremely well equipped, clean and comfortable, and we will definitely return.

    We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Priors Mead. Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a very comfortable and relaxing stay at Priors Mead a true home from home with everything anyone could need for their stay."

    The garden and orchard is beautiful and I’m sure as June approaches the flowers will be even more glorious. An ideal peaceful place to catch up with and entertain family as well as visiting local attractions like Blenheim Palace and Upton House. Each having their own fantastic art collections including works of George Stubbs and many of the Great Masters. An art and nature lovers dream. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.7May 2023

  • "This end terraced cottage was pleasant and a good base for our walking weekend."

    However overall a little tired/dated like you were stepping back in time when you entered and furniture very pre loved, curtains with the linings hanging down etc. Would benefit from a deep clean. Very comfy beds. Lovely inglenook fire with plenty of wood thank you. Loved the quirkiness of lots of mismatched crockery but a couple of the table chairs seem better days and need replacing/fixing as have wobbly legs that detach.

    Thank you for taking the time to give feedback. It's always helpful to have a fresh pair of eyes looking over the cottage. We will replace the curtains you refer to and repair/replace the kitchen chairs. The house has been recently spring cleaned. It is a period cottage and family home so it may not sparkle as much as a modern home might. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie2.8Apr 2023

  • "Priors Mead We stayed at Priors Mead for a week with our daughter and her family from Friday 3rd February, we all had a really lovely time staying at the cottage, it is in a very quiet and peaceful area with great views."

    The three bedrooms were all of a good size and the beds were very comfortable, it had everything we needed for our stay, the cottage was warm and it was so lovely to have an open log fire with plenty of logs available. Our daughters dog loved the garden and we all had some really nice walks in the area, we also experienced some really wonderful sunrises and sunsets out of the cottage windows. The Sykes booking process was easy and the communication with the host Suzanna was very good throughout our booking, I would definitely book again, Thank you

    Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know that you - and your daughter's dog - enjoyed your stay at Priors Mead. We hope we can welcome you back in future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was warm and comfortable and in a lovely location."

    However, we were disappointed at the poor standard of cleaning and quality of decor and maintenance, and have given more detailed feedback to the owner and booking company.

    Thank you for taking the time to give feedback. We will respond directly when we have had the opportunity to look into the various points you raised. Naturally we are disappointed that you have found cause for complaint. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne2.8Dec 2022

  • "When we booked this weekend escape, we were looking for peace and quiet, a warm comfortable place to stay, a lovely fireplace and ease of access."

    And we got all of that and more. The property is exactly as described, the bedroom is extremely comfortable (to the point that we took pictures of the matress to try and get the same model for our place), the bathrooms are fully functional and have everything that you need, the kitchen is very well equipped, the mug collection is an attraction in itself, the house smells of woodfire which we adore, the sofas are very comfortable, there was parking just in front of the house, commmunication was extremely effective and easy and the local village is really nice and just perfect for long walks. This time was just two fo us but we thought of coming back with the kids next time. There will be enought space for everyone. We seriously recoment this place.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you found our cottage to your liking and look forward to welcoming you back in future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Filipe5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had such a lovely weekend staying at Priors Mead."

    We instantly felt at home there, such was the cosiness and comforting atmosphere of this beautiful cottage, Everything about it is top quality. It was very evident that this is not just a holiday let but a much-loved family home, with very beautiful furniture, paintings, carpets and bedding. And not only that, it was so well equipped, with even a rolling pin, kitchen scales and an apron hanging on the door and even a spare hot water bottle in the airing cupboard. The garden too is delightful, and it was lovely to be able walk down through the gate and onwards for miles, enjoying beautiful rural countryside. We cannot rate this cottage highly enough, it was a real privilege to stay in such a lovely place, and we enjoyed our stay so very much. Thank you so much. Everything was perfect, and we would certainly really love to come back next year.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back next time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Priors Mead which was an idyllic and beautiful cottage and garden in a great setting and will definitely be back the next time we are in the UK."

    Big thank you to both the team at Sykes and the owners and we very much appreciated the little touches including the flowers and cake on arrival. Mike and Jos Franklin

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay. We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed your break at the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Aug 2022

  • "It was a lovely cottage, well situated to visit lots of places or walks nearby."

    Peaceful, beautiful views, very restful.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back one day! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage and garden and surrounding countryside."

    Well equipped with everything we needed. We had a lovely week and a bonus that the cottage stayed lovely and cool during the heatwave!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back in future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a quiet spot, where we had a relaxing holiday."

    It was an ideal location for walking locally, visiting gardens, NT properties etc. - out in the country but Banbury still within easy reach. We enjoyed staying in a place with history and character and it was nice having a south-facing garden and lovely views across the countryside.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0May 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this delightful cottage."

    The garden with orchard and fields beyond is lovely and so peaceful, it makes a great escape. The three bedrooms and bathroom all face the beautiful views which was a delight to wake up to and then enjoy breakfast in the garden.

    Reviewed by Nicole4.4May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage beautiful surroundings definitely go back there again"

    Reviewed by Edward4.7Apr 2022

  • "The property had an enjoyable vista and garden."

    The only issue is that it is a little isolated if you are looking for somewhere close to amenities.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2022

  • "I loved this cottage."

    One of my favourites. The view! Loved sitting in the out house watching the sunset.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage for a family holiday."

    There is plenty of room for everyone, with comfy sofas and some cute kids' chairs in the lounge. The kitchen is cottagey and cosy, and has everything you would need while self catering, including cooker with an induction hob and a slimline dishwasher, and there is a choice of two places to eat meals. There were nice touches like tulips (my favourite) and a chocolate cake on arrival. The cottage has lots of vintage/antique bits, and we loved the character, particularly the inglenook fireplace- I even learnt how to competently light the fire without assistance. The bedrooms are lovely, with comfortable beds and lovely views. They can get very chilly at night during a cold snap in February, so taking hot water bottles might be an idea. We enjoyed watching the trains go by - they do run fairly regularly day and night, and sound the horn. The dog, a nervous collie, was very relaxed and at home in this cottage and loved the walks from the back garden through the paddock and into the fields. It is worth noting that the garden isn't completely secure due to a gap next to the gate into the paddock, and a gap under the paddock gate, but I believe the fields are more secure, if you have a dog who has a better recall than ours. We really enjoyed the area, and did the canal walk to Copredy village (good walking boots needed this time of year). The Mulberry cafe is lovely, with very friendly staff, the Red Lion is a cosy traditional pub with friendly staff, and we can highly recommend the cafe at the National Herb Centre - very friendly staff, great service and lovely food. We also enjoyed looking round there and getting inspiration. We had lovely street food in Banbury, and enjoyed looking around. Further afield, Lower Slaughter, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water are great places to visit. All in all, this is a lovely cottage for a countryside getaway, and hoping that we and the dog will be back.Communication was quick helpful responses.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to give such detailed feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay - and Helga's home-made cake! We hope we can welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Feb 2022

  • "Would suggest providing a stair gate to help with keeping the dog down stairs."

    We used the coat stand and a kitchen chair to stop him going up. But not ideal. Otherwise very good.

    Thank you for your suggestion, we have now provided a stair gate for future guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Oct 2021

  • "Lovely large cottage & garden with access to Orchard."

    Glorious views! Parking a bit iffy with reversing on a blind bend in road to small parking area. Only room for one car which was OK for us but if there was more than one driver; they'd have to park in lay by up the road which is not ideal. However, we got used to situation and it didn't detract from enjoying the cottage.

    Thank you for your feedback for Priors Mead. we have taken on board your advice and there is parking for 2 cars at the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Sep 2021

  • "My husband and I have just returned from a fabulous weeks stay in this gorgeous cottage."

    It is super spacious and has a fantastic garden with stunning views, which our pooch loved as much as us!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2021

  • "What a lovely cottage in a beautiful village!"

    Reviewed by Orla5.0Aug 2021

  • "Comfortable, spacious & relaxing property which we are very likely to return to."

    Also Helga was very helpful.

    Reviewed by Kelvin5.0Jul 2021

  • "It was lovely to return to Priors Mead ."

    It’s a real home from home. Spacious, charming , comfortable, clean and quiet and with all mod cons. The large garden is a delight- full of roses and fruit trees and has great views.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was excellent."

    ...the location, aspect etc were perfect for people wanting a quiet hassle free week away. In the cottage itself were so many extras...even half a dozen eggs, and a cake , more than enough plates, cutlery etc. to fill the dish washer!!...bedrooms were roomy and everywhere was so clean...can't praise it highly enough..

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is adorable, a home from home and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need and more."

    We appreciated the personal touches such as fresh flowers. The perfect location for exploring the Cotswolds. We would certainly recommend Priors Mead.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jul 2020

  • "One of the best cottages I have been to."

    It was a real home from home. All the rooms were spacious and the open fire was a delight. I hope to go again.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jan 2020

  • "We had a fab time over New Years at the cottage."

    Stunning view and lovely gardens (nice and secure, and the dog loved it!), with great walks nearby. Spent two cosy evenings by the fire playing board games while the dog slept off his long walks. Kitchen really well equipped to cook our 5-course NYE meal too! Left wishing it was our own home and we didn't have to go back to our urban London lives. There isn't a pub in the village, but we walked to Cropedy along the towpath (took us just over an hour) and had a lovely lunch and drink before turning back. Would recommend that walk. Hopefully we can find an excuse to book again one day.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2019

  • "The cottage was really nice and it had all one needs to live."

    The host was friendly and helpful. I recommend the place!

    Reviewed by Maciej5.0Dec 2019

  • "We all loved staying in Priors Mead cottage."

    It was very inviting, cosy, extremely comfortable and well equipped. It was a great place to get my family together. We’ve made some precious memories. Thanks Holly, for all you did and the much appreciated things you left for us.

    Reviewed by Sally4.4Oct 2019

  • "There were so many things we enjoyed!"

    Trips to Banbury, Cropredy and Upton Hall, the lovely log fire, the clean, fresh smell of the cottage, the fabulous views (some of the windows needed a wipe on arrival so we had a clear view, but that's a small thing!) We loved the comfy beds and the beautiful, peaceful garden. And the really nice basket of welcome goodies, they were very much appreciated. We had a wonderful holiday, and it felt much longer than the three nights we spent there, as every day was full. We will certainly come again! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Oct 2019

  • "The property was excellently managed, we really enjoyed arriving at the cottage to find tea, cake and sweets awaiting us!"

    The cottage was beautiful, peaceful and exactly what we needed to get away from city life!

    Reviewed by Kirstie5.0Sep 2019

  • "Priors Mead is a lovely cottage with plenty of old world charm but with all the facilities you could want."

    It’s a very peaceful location with a lovely dog friendly garden that Olive, our cocker spaniel, found of intense interest. Holly, the owner, made our short stay extra special with her personal touches such as fresh flowers and garden fruit, the jar of local honey, local eggs, cake and milk in the fridge.

    Reviewed by Dennis Clive5.0Sep 2019

  • "Great cottage, lovely little extra (homemade cake, fresh flowers, duck eggs)"

    Reviewed by Lou4.7Sep 2019

  • "Priors Mead is delightful."

    The house is really comfortable, very well equipped, spacious and a lovely home from home. The warm sunny cottage garden has wonderful views and was perfect for relaxing. So many thoughtful extras from a gorgeous cake and fresh eggs to flowers and garden fruit! We would have liked to have stayed a lot longer.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2019

  • "We absolutely loved the cottage, it was so pretty, in a great spot with beautiful views out of the windows , lovely garden and I'm a pretty village."

    We also loved the very personal touches which included local honey and fresh eggs. Probably the nicest holiday cottage we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Aug 2019

  • "Pre - Holiday: Booking was straightforward."

    Communication about the property and access arrangements was perfect from both Sykes and the owner. Holiday and property: We were thrilled with the quality of the cottage. It was clean, comfortable and full of character. The property has a gorgeous cottage garden which is great for relaxing in and has beautiful views over the local countryside. There were some great personal touches by the owner which made us feel very welcome. We would certainly return to this property if we re-visit the area. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin and 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating, open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, a selection of books and games and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for two cars as well as public parking near the village green
  • Lawned enclosed garden and patio area with furniture with access to orchard
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.9 miles and pub 2.7 miles
  • Note: This property has a £100 GHB.

The property

Priors Mead is a delightful choice for friends and families looking to escape to the rolling countryside hills of Oxfordshire.

Internally, the property has been renovated to a high standard, whilst still retaining its wonderful period features such as the large stone, inglenook fireplace housing a warming open fire.

The lounge offers a welcoming space to relax and unwind of an evening, whilst catching up with your favourite shows.

Step through to the open-plan kitchen which has all the appliances you could need to rustle up a delicious home-cooked meal for the whole family, whilst the dining area offers ample seating to plan the day's events or use this as a solitary space for some quiet reading.

Upstairs, you will have three spacious bedrooms; one king-size, one twin and one single, the perfect setup for all types of groups wishing to stay here.

These are served by a family bathroom with an elegant bath and shower over, with high-quality fixtures and fittings.

Discover the magnificent Broughton Castle, a medieval fortification dating back to early 14th century, it boasts a Grade II listed status and a delightful tearoom, perfect for if you fancy a spot of lunch.

Discover the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, in one of Britain's greatest palaces, set in a series of themed gardens, where you can explore the wonders of the Butterfly House, the Churchill Memorial Garden and the 150 acres of Formal Gardens.

You are ideally placed for exploring all the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer, including a plethora of country trails for scenic walking and cycling opportunities.

Travel into the thriving city of Oxford for a plethora of things to do, such as the fantastic Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, or Oxford University Museum of Natural history.

Priors Mead is ideal for a short break and restful holiday.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Banbury 4.3 miles; Cotswolds AONB 5 miles; Hook Norton 13.5 miles.

Cropredy is a village and civil parish in Oxfordshire, England, situated to the side of the River Cherwell. It offers a village store, café and a selection of pubs and restaurants for fine dining and local produce. Situated just outside the northern edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will have easy access inside, with many picturesque country views, trails for walking and cycling, and an array of historical attractions. Discover the 17th century stately home of Blenheim Palace, with over three hundred years of history and boasting state rooms, formal and pleasure gardens, and offering plenty of events throughout the month.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas