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Garden Cottage

(Ref. 988739)

Black Bourton, near Burford, Oxfordshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine

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152 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely little cottage set in a beautiful location."

    Clean and had everything you could need. Kitchen well equipped, fridge small but enough for 2 people. hosts very friendly and helpful. Well placed for many attractions in this part of the Cotswolds, we visited several stunning gardens, Blenheim, Oxford and a few charming villages. The garden is huge and we loved watching the deer visit as well as the red kites which seem to be everywhere. My only small gripe is that the sofa isn’t really big enough for 2 to relax comfortably and the wicker armchair wasn’t overly comfortable. However it’s a lovely place and I would recommend.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at Garden Cottage. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. It's a great base to explore the Cotswolds and we would love to welcome you back again in the future. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.7Jun 2024

  • "We loved this place."

    The cottage is even better than on the photo's. The house is small but big enough for 2. Everytthing you need for cooking is available. It is very tastefully decorated. The garden is beautiful. The owners are very nice. the only suggestion is to put 2 comfortable chairs on the terrace. In addition to the 2 nice looking, but not so comfortable iron chairs.

    So glad that you enjoyed your stay, we do have more comfortable chairs so we will definitely make them available ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Jun 2024

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Friendly hosts. Would highly recommend for couples.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay, sampling The Trout pub at Tadpole bridge & The Plough at Alvescot. I was thrilled that you purchased my Seville orange & ginger marmalade , please enjoy ! Thank you. Glad you enjoyed looking at my Garden Design portfolio seeing how we started with a completely blank canvas to the progression over 33years of the garden as it is today . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Jun 2024

  • "All in all a very disappointing experience."

    The cottage is well presented in a beautiful garden and Niki could not have been more welcoming. However our stay was extremely unpleasant due to a persistent insect infestation. It was apparent on the first night that there were a lot of spiders around the place. My partner has a phobia and it resulted in poor sleep for both of us, as I was woken up to catch around 20 of them on the first night. We also noticed wood lice appearing at night too. These were around the edge of the floors, but also on the kitchen worktop and hanging from the loft hatch in the bedroom ceiling. I’d pick off about 10 a day, hoping that would be an end to it. Ants were also a problem in the kitchen, with them crawling all over the surfaces and cupboards. There is no lid to the kitchen bin, which may possibly have attracted them. In hindsight we should have complained immediately, but each time we thought that we’d sorted it ourselves and that would be an end to it. We did report it to Niki after the 5th night though and gave her the opportunity to sort it out. She attempted to eradicate them during the day, but we returned to the property late in the evening to find the problem to be as bad as ever. We took the decision to cancel the holiday rather than endure another night and packed up and left the cottage around midnight. We thought the four hour drive home would be preferable to another night there. We left the 8 wood lice that were found in the bedroom in a glass, for Niki to see the extent of the problem from just one evening. We also offered photographic evidence of this. The owners showed no concern that we’d had to leave and a request for any refund was flatly refused. Sykes Cottages state in their terms and conditions that they are simply a go-between and have no responsibility for the accommodation and just referred us back to the owners. We did take out an insurance policy through Sykes, but this did not cover the property being uninhabitable.

    "We are naturally concerned about your "extremely unpleasant stay", of which we were only made aware on your 5th day. Equally, receiving such a review is both upsetting and disconcerting. We have been running Garden Cottage as a holiday let for 16 years and yours is the first review we have had about a "persistent insect infestation". All this could have been avoided if you had informed Sykes that your partner has an insect phobia and asked if Garden Cottage, situated in a garden, would be an OK place to stay. Your view that the insects you found amounted to a "persistent insect infestation" clearly was not shared by the guests that proceeded you or those that followed. Knowing your partner's condition it was surely incumbent upon you to inform us straightaway so that we could jointly assess whether the problem could be addressed. You offered no photographic evidence. We would have liked to have seen a picture of the 20 spiders on the first night, given that there were none the night before. As for the ants we saw no evidence of them when we vacuumed the carpet. Leaving it until the 5th night to inform us, with a glass of 6 woodlice as evidence, before leaving at midnight came as a complete shock, which you have interpreted as "no concern". For those who do not suffer from insectophobia Garden Cottage is clearly not an "uninhabitable property". We strongly advise that in future you inform the booking agent of your partner's condition in advance." Kind Regards Niki Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary3.4May 2024

  • "A stuning location in a beautifully rural and secluded setting."

    What the cottage may lack in floorspace, is more than made up for in it's tranquil setting, and the expertly manacured and tended gardens and grounds, which the visitor has full access to. Because of it's remote location, we found it hard to find the entrance in the darkness, but were ushered in by Niki, waving a torch down the road. What a lovely surprise awaited us the next morning. All basic essentials are to hand which makes Self Catering very easy. In addition to all of this Niki displays some of her artistic "Bird in the hand" craftwork of stitched and embroidered pieces, to purchase as you wish. We bought some beautiful Christmas pieces to take home with us. We would definitely wish to return on a future occasion.

    SO thrilled that you enjoyed your stay......and simply delighted that you purchased some of my " Bird in the hand " crafts to adorn your house and celebrate Christmas 2021 ,like no other !! We would love to welcome you back and will let you know when Garden Cottage becomes available again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Nov 2021

  • "Garden Cottage is the perfect base for exploring The Cotswolds."

    Set in beautiful tranquil gardens, the hosts work hard to ensure you have a wonderful time. Niki and Lawrence are the perfect hosts and made sure we had a wonder stay. The cottage has everything you could possibly need. We would highly recommend staying and would love to revisit in the future.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, would love to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Oct 2021

  • "Garden Cottage is a unique, petite property ideal for two, in a superb country garden surrounding."

    Niki and Lawrence have put lots of thought and care into what a visitor will need for their stay. They were very understanding when we had to arrive late and leave early during our stay. Niki also gave us an accurate recommendation for a very local place to eat.

    So glad you enjoyed the gardens & found everything to your liking in the cottage, we do aim to please! Delighted that you enjoyed a good eve meal at The Plough in Alvescott. We look forward to seeing you again . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a lovely relaxing holiday in a pretty little cottage with a large garden and stream."

    Although seating area was small we found it perfectly adequate for our needs and everything we needed in the kitchen. We had a great time thank you.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Oct 2021

  • "Garden Cottage is lovely for a peaceful retreat for 2."

    A lot of thought has been put into the decor and the setting, in the owner’s beautiful garden, is perfect. There is a bit of a walk from the parking space to the cottage but it didn’t spoil the holiday. The owners, Lawrence and Niki were very friendly, asking us if we had enjoyed our day, and gave advice on places to eat and visit. We visited Burford, Lechlade-on-Thames and the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, which we enjoyed.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2021

  • "Excellent property and the gardens were very good a nice welcome from Nicki would recommend this cottage"

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2021

  • "Ideal location, perfect for exploring the Cotswolds, very relaxing environment, hosts very welcoming and friendly"

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay inside and outside. looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2021

  • "One word, Fabulous!"

    ! A beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean, a lovely comfy bed, quite and relaxing, Niki and Laurence where exceptional hosts and made us feel very welcome, allowing us to share their beautiful garden and their dogs, who came to visit us every afternoon with out fail. It’s in a great location for touring the cotswold to. Thank you for a perfect week.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay inside and outside. looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage in stunning surroundings."

    Very well equipped and everything supplied for two to have an exceptional stay. Loved the two well behaved dogs Jasper and puppy Truffle. Jasper visited us every morning and evening to say hello. Lovely owners Niki and Lawrence who are on hand if you need anything but not intrusive. Off road parking and a nice garden with seating area. Very quiet and peaceful but within walking distance to The Plough pub which has a great food menu. All the Cotswold villages and towns are within an easy drive. I Highly recommend this cottage and would definitely return if we visit the Cotswolds again. Dik and Denise Simm

    Thank you for highly recommending Garden Cottage and we hope you will return in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jun 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage set within stunning grounds."

    During the stay, snowdrops and crocuses carpeted the manicured lawns, with a lovely view across to the brook and fields. Niki, the owner, couldn't have been more obliging and helpful. The cottage is an ideal place to stay when visiting the Cotswolds and surrounding area. I would recommend this beautiful cottage to anyone. It is fabulously tucked away in the grounds of Shillbrook Manor and would make a perfect romantic retreat.

    SO glad you enjoyed your respite stay, having survived a very stressful time in your life........., glad you enjoyed the beauty of the garden , always looking its best in spring when snowdrops , crocus tommasinianus, & narcissus erupt ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Dec 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage in stunning surroundings."

    Everything perfect.

    Oh , you are so kind ! We are simply thrilled by your many return visits too !!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2020

  • "After a dreadful year of cancellations, we just wanted to get away for a relaxing break."

    ..this is certainly the place for that..set in a magnificent garden, this cottage is well equipped for a weeks stay and provides a suitable base for exploring some beautiful countryside. Niki, the owner is most helpful and ready to advise of places to visit and Jasper the black lab will sometimes be there to make your acquaintance...all in all a fabulous break. My first of many visits to this beautiful part of the country.

    We are so pleased to hear that you had a fabulous break at Garden Cottage and that you were finally able to get away. We hope to welcome you back again in the near future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Comfortable and with character. Set in a quiet part of the Cotswolds so away from crowds. The Plough pub in the next village Alvescot was wonderful. Great food and really comfortable with all the Covid measures they have put in place. A great recommendation.

    Glad you approved of Garden Cottage, we try very hard to please everyone ! Yes great pub on our doorstep . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fab Host's, Fab Gardens, Fab Location"

    Thrilled that everything met with your approval ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan3.1Aug 2020

  • "Very small comfortable cottage set in a beautiful garden."

    Would benefit from WiFi and a little less furniture. Very interesting area, would be perfect for a cycling holiday.

    Now have WiFi in the cottage & removed some furniture, THANKS FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS. Delighted that you enjoyed your visits x2 to Buscot Park , it's where I have got a lot of garden inspiration from . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roberta4.1Aug 2020

  • "From the moment we arrived at Garden Cottage we were greeted with the warmest welcome from Niki which instantly made us feel like this was a home from home."

    The cottage was perfect and suited both myself and my husband perfectly, it had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The cottage was decorated beautifully and was thoroughly cleaned prior to our arrival. The cottage was situated in the small town of Black Bourton where we were able to enjoy stunning walks, we were only a short drive from some of the larger towns as well as local attractions. Niki had kindly created a welcome pack which highlighted everything the Cotswolds had to offer and the must see places, this was incredibly helpful and we planned some lovely day trips. We would also recommend the The Plough Inn in the village of Alvescot which was just a short 5 minute drive with free parking at the rear of the pub. The food was superb and reasonably priced, again we would have to thank Niki for the recommendation from the welcome pack which highlighted some wonderful places to eat nearby. We cannot find any fault with our stay at Garden Cottage and our hosts Niki and Lawrence were some welcoming and friendly, we were even given the pleasure of meeting Jasper the family Labrador who greeted us every morning by sitting by the back door in the garden. We highly recommend anyone who is considering a visit to the Cotswolds to stay at Garden Cottage, we are already talking about booking our next trip.

    We were thrilled that you enjoyed your stay & you chose Garden Cottage to celebrate your wedding anniversary. Hope that you are enjoying the challenges that new motherhood brings !! We too have not only a grandchild.........But an adorable puppy , Truffle !!!!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hollie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Delightful."

    I had a really enjoyable week in the cottage. It is very warm and comfortable, and the garden is amazing.Oh yes, and the sheep are very friendly.

    Thank you for your lovely comments we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Garden cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2020

  • "Lovely warm and cosy cottage in a beautiful secluded garden."

    Very close to all the lovely villages in the Cotswolds and to Oxford. Lots of aminities nearby. Owners very friendly, welcoming and helpfull.

    We are thrilled to hear you had such a lovely stay. We would love to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joseph4.7Mar 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful and had everything you need."

    The location was idyllic and conveniently located for touring the area. Niki is the perfect host; friendly but never intrusive. Would recommend to anyone looking for a luxury break

    It was lovely to welcome you at Christmas, always such a special time of year. Thank you for purchasing my crafts ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Dec 2019

  • "We loved the little cottage set in the most beautiful of gardens."

    Our host Nikki was very welcoming, leaving the most delicious apple cake to enjoy on our arrival. Nikki was also great at giving advice for some lovely places to visit. The cottage was cosy and supplied everything that we needed. A variety of large supermarkets for supplies were only a short drive away. The position was perfect to enjoy the villages of the Cotswolds, Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

    Glad you enjoyed the apple cake....all made with our garden produce ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable with a super bed and shower!"

    It was set in a wonderful garden which we were free to wander in. Very quiet but not far from the beautiful Cotswold villages. I would recommend this cottage for a lovely holiday.

    Delighted you enjoyed the beauty of the garden, yes many quaint Cotswold picturesque villages to view........& you don't have to travel very far to find them ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Molly5.0Sep 2019

  • "Bijou cottage in wonderful grounds and great location for Cotswolds"

    So thrilled that you enjoyed relaxing here. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.4Aug 2019

  • "We were pleased to find a beautiful cottage in a wonderfully quiet and pleasant part of the Cotswolds."

    However, a little disappointed that the listing suggested there was a washing machine in the cottage and it turns out that facilities were available to do laundry but it meant involving the owners. Since a booking elsewhere on this holiday clearly stated that facilities were available for a small fee to the owner we were prepared for that and not taken by surprise. The location of this cottage was very suitable for the places we had hoped to visit while in the area so generally we had a very good week in Black Bourton. (No need to mention the lack of washing machine in the feedback.)

    Pleased you found there was NO FEE for the use of our washing machine, & your washing was done to perfection !!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rae4.4May 2019

  • "Beautiful Cottage, beautiful setting."

    Quiet, compact & bijou, so will only accommodate 2 people, which makes for a very cosy, romantic stay. The owners are very welcoming and cannot do enough for you, which adds to the experience.Great for exploring Oxfordshire and lovely to come back to at the end of the day.

    Yes, very bijou.......but all you need! Glad you liked the Euphorbia Oblongata I gave you & are enjoying its colour. Property Owner

    Reviewed by G4.4Apr 2019

  • "Lovely gardens, nice cottage a good weather\ Mr & Mrs South"

    Mr&Mrs South

  • "The fantastic garden is amazing, just look at what can be achieved over 34 years!"

    Very clean and comfortable cottage. We loved our cream tea on arrival. Thank you!\ Mr & Mrs Groves

    Mrs & Mrs Groves

  • "Exellent location and owners very helpful."

    The cream teas and flowers on arrival were lovely. The cottage and weather were lovely. Thank you\ Mr M Henry

    Mr M Henry

  • "Very clean, everything on hand, in a good position."

    Delightful setting, lots to see and do and wonderful weather!!\ Mr&Mrs Grey

    Mr & Mrs Grey

  • "Very spacious terrace, ideal for sitting out and a lovely big garden."

    Welcoming but discreet hosts and lovely. We had a lovely holiday, super cottage and gardens. Thank you!\ Mr & Mrs Webb

    Mr & Mrs Webb

  • "Great place to stay, very comfortable and lovely surroundings."

    .....Thanks for the memories!

    David Taylor

  • "Nothing to improve!"

    We booked it as we have been before and was still as good as before. Our second visit and we are still blown away by this lovely place. Niki and Lawrence are so welcoming and even provided a chocolate cake too - it's very moorish, thank you so much!!

    Mr & Mrs West

  • "The cottage is fully equipped, clean and comfortable."

    A creak tea on arrival is well appreciated.\ Mrs & Mrs Holmes

    Mr & Mrs Holmes

  • ": Garden Cottage is a warm, cosy, comfortable, and well equipped cottage."

    It has lovely grounds that you can roam around in. The Owners left us a Cream Tea, Flowers, and a 50th Wedding Anniversary card, all which were very much appreciated.

    Mrs Edwards

  • "There was nothing to fault."

    Beautiful surroundings and very comfortable cottage.

    Susan And Brett Davis

  • "Lovely Cottage in a beautiful garden."

    The welcome pack (courgette and pistachio cake and flowers) on arrival was much appreciated.

    Marianne Rattray

  • "Had a wonderful stay, enjoyed the garden."

    An excellent spot for a rest!

    S And H Markland

  • "Smaller than we imagined from the website, BUT as cute as a button!"

    A really cosy cottage which we liked very much. A great host - a warm welcome from Niki and the 3 wooly girls in the paddock!!! The shower is very good and the bed very comfortable. Glorious setting in the garden.\ We loved the Cotswolds (who wouldn't), so we snapped up this late deal a couple of days before thank bank holiday weekend. Luckily for us it's such a wonderful peaceful place to stay. Pottering about in Burford, Stow on the Wold - retail therapy. We had lunch at the Lamb & Flag in Crawleys on Niki's recommendation - lovely meal and well priced!

    Mrs Grange

  • "It was a nice and beautiful holiday."

    Thank you for the Lemon and lavender cake and the beautiful flowers.

    Mr And Mrs Schonheit - Germany

  • "Many thanks for the lovely chocolate cake."

    We had a lovely stay in your peaceful cottage and visited many historic and pictureseque places over thr two weeks. Great place to explore the Cotswolds from Thank you\ Mr & Mrs Ward

    Mr&Mrs Ward

  • "We had a great break in a relaxing cottage."

    Lovely location with great access to so many interesting local places. Thank you\ Mr & Mrs Brewer

    Mr & Mrs Brewer

  • "The little cottage was delightful and set in beautiful gardens."

    The curtains ,pictures etc were lovely.

    Mr Hunter

  • "Lovely setting, pretty cottage, nice pubs."

    Mr Longman

  • "Vary comfortable relaxing and warm."

    The cottage was perfect for our requirements.

    Mr And Mrs Haslam - Edinburgh

  • "Really fantastic, peaceful place."

    Thank you.

    Ms Bacherini - Florence, Italy

  • "It is a charming property and the setting is beautiful."

    A lovely week, not spoilt by the rain.

    Mrs Burrows - Dunfermline

  • "Well presented immaculate cottage."

    Very warm welcome. Beautiful setting. Had a very relaxed week. Lovely welcome with cake. Love the dogs and looking forward to enjoying the chutneys and jams.

    Mr Sheppard - Clacton On Sea

  • "Lovely weather, enjoyed relaxing in the garden after our busy days in Cirencester, Cheltenham and Lacock."

    Enjoyed walks to Bampton.

    Mr And Mrs Bacon - Sheffield

  • "Perfect holiday cottage in lovely location with friendly welcoming owners."

    Thank you for the cream teas and the flowers. We have really enjoyed the week in this lovely comfortable cottage.

    Mr Howard - Congleton

  • "The owner goes out of her way to make your stay as comfortable and pleasing as possible."

    Love the layout and the ability to walk out to the patio from the kitchen into a beautiful/large garden. The cream tea just hit the spot. It means another visit we hope in the not so distant future.

    Mr And Mrs McIntosh - Dunfermline

  • "The cream tea and fresh flowers on arrival were lovely touches, thank you so much."

    The cottage is very comfortable and the gardens superb. A perfect spot for a week in the Cotswolds and loved the loo with a view!!

    Mr And Mrs Patterson - Preston

  • "Our hosts were so welcoming and helpful."

    The cottage was perfect. This is our second stay and there is nothing we'd change, it was perfect.

    Mr And Mrs Gutierrez - - USA

  • "Wonderful restorative stay in a truly stunning location."

    Clive Williams

  • "Needed a rest and relaxation and came to the perfect place."

    A little piece of heaven - thank you.

    Pauline Scott

  • "Perfect base from which to explore the cotswolds"


  • "I liked the photos, and especially the garden."

    Mrs Sodal, July 2017.


  • "Thank you for a great, peaceful and cosy place to stay."


  • "A lovely place to stay."

    Excellent base for seeing The Cotswolds.

    Mr V.

  • "We will always treasure the wonderful week spent at your cottage."

    Thank you for your hospitality and kindness in helping us celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary and upcoming 85th birthday.

    Mr And Mrs S.

  • "Very pleasurable stay in a stunning location."

    Had issues with heating and hot-water. (Owner comment: the problems with the boiler have now been resolved).

    Mr And Mrs E.

  • "The cottage is gorgeous - especially the garden."

    Could do with a new frying pan! (Owner comment: this has now been replaced).

    Mr And Mrs S.

  • "Loved everything about the cottage - really enjoyed our weekend."

    Mr And Mrs M.

  • "Had an amazing few days in The Cotswolds and your cottage."

    Thanks for your friendly welcome and for the flowers and cake.

    Mrs M.

  • "Can't think of any improvements - the layout of the cottage worked very well and we enjoyed staying here very much."

    A fabulous garden to sit in and enjoy.

    Mr And Mrs T.

  • "Really enjoyed our stay - hosts very welcoming and helpful."

    Thank you for the flowers from your garden for our wedding anniversary.

    Mr And Mrs D.

  • "Our stay was short and sweet - just like the cottage!"

    Mr And Mrs S.

  • "Beautiful setting and furnishings"


  • "Beautiful Location - cosy, comfortable cottage, caring owners."

    A beautiful "jewel in the crown" of English cottages.


  • "It is a beautiful cosy cottage amid a beautiful garden, even in the dead of winter, the clarkes are very friendly and accommodating."


  • "Excellent Property in a great location, very helpful owners"


  • "Everything was expected and niki was wonderful, so helpful!"



  • "We enjoyed the garden, Niki and Lawrence were very welcoming."


  • "A delightful cottage from which to explore the glorious autumn colours of the cotswolds"


  • "Thank you for a lovely 2 weeks in the cute cottage."

    Mr Leibeck

  • "Lovely Peaceful cottage in a beautiful area."


  • "Lean, Warm, cosy and private"


  • "Very cosy, good location, Lovely garden."

    one of the nicest cottages we have stayed in for a long time, pity we couldn't have stayed longer


  • "Thank you for a relaxing week, loved the homemade marmalade"


  • "Very lovely property, however there was no wifi and hardly any service"


  • "A perfect place to stay"


  • "Peaceful, relaxed, helpful hosts."


  • "Close to the Cotswolds but in the countryside, after a day out lovely to come back to a beautiful cottage and private garden."

    What a haven to return to after a day on the trail, driving, walking, exploring villages over the Cotswold countryside


  • "Free access to garden, good location, very kind owners, beautiful & quiet"


  • "Garden cottage is the best cottage we ever stayed in, a very friendly host."

    We enjoyed an extended relaxing week in your mums dear Garden cottage. Knowign the surroundings already quite well, we visited old & new charming spots & lunch pubs. The pair of you have made raw grounds into a real gem, with the knowledge of its history documented by niki, we admire you even more.


  • "We enjoyed our stay in the garden cottage."

    Our welcome by Mrs Clarke was friendly and informative. The location was delightful. We enjoyed the lovely garden and the generally good weather allowed us to sit outside and use the patio. Not having wifi was a disappointment, we spend the summer in Europe every year and always check that wifi is available so that we can keep in touch with family in Australia. For such a small cottage the facilities were good. lots of hot5 water, an excellent shower and comprehensive kitchen utilities. The bed was comfortable but perhaps a new duvet and pillows would be an improvement..


  • "Nice settings, comfortable, well equipped."

    We enjoyed our stay very very much.

    Mr And Mrs Schepers - Netherlands

  • "Thank you for your warm hospitality, what a wonderful little cottage!"

    I fell in love with the garden, we'll never forget it

    Mr & Mrs G

  • "Thank you for the cream tea."

    Lovely gardens, we enjoyed our week.

    Mr And Mrs Jackson

  • "Totally relaxing setting, loved the cottage and gardens and Nicki's talented craftwork"

    Mrs Ridgeway

  • "Lovely Cottage, great surroundings."

    Very friendly hosts - perfect stay.

    Mr Mol

  • "Exactly as pictured."

    Friendly and welcoming owners. This stay was just what we needed before becoming parents. Nikki and Lawrence were lovely and answered any questions we had. Thanks for the cake and flowers on arrival! We chose the cottage for its location in the centre of everywhere we wanted to visit, including Oxford (plenty to see and do). Bath was a bit further but the baths were a lovely insight into Roman England. The Cotswold Wildlife Park on the doorstep is a good day out, not just for children in well established gardens. Don't forget to just drive around and look at all the small villages - gorgeous!

    Ms Bontoft

  • "We loved the garden and the views of the garden from the cottage and the owners of the cottage were extremely friendly and helpful."

    Mr Thwaite

  • "The cottage is gorgeous!"

    Lovely décor & comfortable living. Friendly and helpful owners.

    Mr & Mrs Clark

  • "Wonderful conclusion to our UK trip."

    We hope to return in the future for a longer stay in the delightful Garden Cottage!

    Mr & Mrs Walker

  • "Excellent location, peaceful stay, warm welcome, beautiful cottage!"

    Ms Fairhall

  • "Cosy Cottage, lovely garden- a good week, thanks."

    Mr Groom

  • "Lovely detached cottage; furbished and equipped to the highest standards, in a very quiet setting."

    Mr Seeger

  • "Cottage was very clean& comfortable, set in beautiful gardens with very welcoming hosts - welcome pack, flowers and cake were appreciated."

    Mr & Mrs Chambers

  • "Had a great week relaxing and getting away from the humdrum and stress of life."

    Very enjoyable and lovely cottage, gardens and surroundings.

    Mrs Porter

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the comfort of relaximng at your gorgeous Garden Cottage - thanks"

    Mr&Mrs Sneddon

  • "Beautiful setting, cottage just a little snug, owner a lovely friendly lady"

    Mrs Davis

  • "Wonderful surroundings, cannot recommend it highly enough."

    Mr&Mrs Nickson

  • "Perfect place, made even more memorable by the Clarke's welcome."

    Thank you Nikki & Lawrence for letting us share your garden!

    Mr & Mrs Geddes

  • "Beautiful garden setting, loved the chocolate cake!"


    Mrs Garden

  • "Lovely surroundings, friendly hosts and everything needed for an enjoyable stay."

    Mr& Mrs Plimmer

  • "This cottage, which is a delight is also in a very pretty setting."

    The surrounding gardens are tranquil and extensive. The owners are very welcoming and go out of their way to help.

    Mrs McIntosh

  • "Very warm reception, everything was well prepared"

  • "Such a comfortable and relaxing holiday"

  • "Well equipped, beautiful setting and friendly welcome"

  • "Attractive from the outside and inside, practicl layout, detached with privacy, suit a couple"

  • "Very clean and well equipped with a pleasant large garden"

  • "Idyllic scenery and quiet enviroment, lovely little cottage and nice surprises at the end of the garden (the stream)"

  • "A very good high standard cottage"

  • "Ideal location, off road parking, lovely listed building, great garden, very quiet"

  • "Good in comparison to other cottages we have rented"

  • "Welcoming hosts, beautiful gardens, cosy and well stocked, slighty more comfy sofa would make it a 5"

  • "Beautiful Cottage in a lovely location, will definitely recommend."

    Mr & Mrs Ferry

  • "Clean, well equipped, friendly, good-feel."

    Thanks for a quick wind-down, We loved every aspect!

    Mr Leijtens

  • "The cottage is kept to a high standard in a lovely area."

    It is in a great position in the Cotswolds. We had a lovely week in the superb cottage. Thanks for the cream tea and the hospitality.

    Mr Williams

  • "Thank you for making our stay such a wonderful experience"

    Mr & Mrs K

  • "Staying in a cottage was a pleasure, peaceful location and thoughtfully equipped."

    A very enjoyable experience. The cream tea was a very welcome and unexpected surprise on arrival. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this delightful cottage.

    Mr And Mrs Birkinshaw

  • "The cottage was cosy, clean and nicely furnished, a perfect base for visiting the nearby pretty villages as well as Oxford and Blenheim."

    The owners were the perfect hosts, even providing a very welcome cream tea. All in all a very relaxing holiday.

    Mr Birkinshaw

  • "Compact - tasteful - Lovely setting."

    Mr & Mrs P

  • "A very peaceful and tranquil week, especially early morning when we sat outside and watched the sun rise."

    A great chill out week - thanks.

    Mr & Mrs M.T

  • "A special place, made more delightful by Niki's welcome."

    A most relaxing time, lovely cottage with beautiful surroundings. Ideal Place to stay whilst visiting friends, your garden reflects the dedication and love that you have put in to it - well done. A warm and friendly greeting and a beautiful cottage and enviroment.

    Mr & Mrs W

  • "Thanks for the lovely stay - cottage and gardens are lovely, a great base for visiting friends and the cotswolds."

    \ Lots to do and see. Cottage to a very high standard with everything catered for.

    Mr & Mrs H

  • "Flowers and cake nice touch."

    Mrs M

  • "Beautiful view, great shower!"

    Friendly and helpful. Excellent facilities and location.

    Mr D

  • "Bright and attractive interior"

    Mr & Mrs C

  • "Thank you Niki for your warm welcome and kindness."

    The cottage is lovely and having such beautiful gardens and surroundings was an absolute pleasure

    Mr & Mrs C

  • "Very charming cottage and hosts - we loved it"

    Mrs B

  • "What a find for us!"

    We shall return, thank you very much

    Mr & Mrs L

  • "Beautiful place to stay, gorgeous cottage, everything is perfect!"

    Thank you

    Mr & Mrs P

  • "Perfect place to welcome the spring, thanks for a warm welcome - wish it could have been longer."

    Will recommend it!

    Mrs C

  • "Cottage was beautiful but smaller than we had expected."

    Mr Biddlecombe

  • "What a beautiful place a small paradise!"

    Mr & Mrs P

  • "Thank you for your warm welcome - your cottage is a little gem in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds"

    Mr & Mrs G

  • "We can't thank you enough for the delightful experience staying in your beautiful cottage."

    The gardens, your pleasant help, all has added to the pleasaure of being here! Many thanks for your help and kindness

    Mr & Mrs M

  • "This was by far the best cottage we have stayed in and warmest welcome we have had in all our travels in England."

    The cosy cottage classy furniture and magnificent garden made our stay very enjoyable

    Mr & Mrs O

  • "The cottage is homely and thoughtfully decorated and easily provides for one's basic needs."

    It overlooks a lovely garden. The website was user-friendly and detailed enabling a search relevant to one's needs. Good follow-up instructions.

    Mr And Mrs Parekh

  • "Clean, modern and beautiful outlook and surroundings."

    Good Wi-Fi connection and great website.

    Mr Yates

  • "All though small the cottage is comfortable and well equipped and the garden is a real pleasure."

    The website is very user friendly and the booking service is efficient.

    Ms Mollitt

  • "Tom is a little to tall for the cottage."

    The shower is fantastic, the black-out curtains are very effective for a good nights sleep and a really well stocked kitchen. One thing to improve is the sofa. The website is very easy to navigate, very helpful and we would use it again.

    Mr And Mrs Bromwich

  • "Sweet little cottage with beautiful gardens, a lovely break."

    I booked through the website and found it easy to use.

    Ms Clement

  • "For two people this cottage was exceptional and provided everything we needed - Huge in style and charm."

    A real find and hope to visit again!

    Mr And Mrs Thwaite

  • "Cottage is lovely and Niki is a wonderful host."

    We had a wonderful weekend and the sun actually shone! We will definitely come back. The website was very efficient, no problems or hassles.

    Mr Badhan And Mrs Douglas

  • "Lovely place with a beautiful garden, Thanks."

    Mr Mahsinok

  • "Lovely, well-equipped cottage with beautiful garden and friendly owners."

    Very effective booking, was easy with good communication.

    Mr And Mrs Quine

  • "Beautiful setting and gardens."

    Well equipped and a friendly, helpful owner.

    Mr And Mrs S.

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom with en suite shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area with sitting area and French doors leading to terrace.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, Smart TV with Freeview
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Iron, Ironing Board
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car.
  • Enclosed terrace with furniture and BBQ
  • Shared use of landscaped garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Restaurant Fleur de Lys in Bampton 2 miles
  • Pub The Vines 4 minute walk
  • Changeover day Friday
  • Check-in 4pm, Check-out 10am

The property

Garden Cottage is a delightful holiday cottage located adjacent to the wonderful Shilbrook Manor, itself a listed building built around the 1860's.

The property has undergone a complete overhaul and today provides a high standard of self catering accommodation whilst overlooking a simply stunning garden of two acres.

The cottage is situated on the edge of the hamlet of Black Bourton, which has history dating back to 1086, and is within easy reach of popular spots such as Burford, Woodstock and Lechlade on Thames.

This romantic hideaway is ideal for a couple who want to escape to the Cotswolds.The owner, who is a garden designer, is also a keen horticulturalist very happy to sell plants (when and where possible!) in addition to eggs and home made preserves.

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About the location


Bampton 2 miles; Burford 7 miles; Oxford 21 miles.

Black Bourton is a small medieval village in Oxfordshire, notably the birthplace of influential novelist Maria Edgeworth and painter William Turner of Oxford. Black Bourton has an excellent gastropub and is home to St Mary the Virgin Church which features superb 13th century wall paintings carefully uncovered in 1932. The nearby village of Bampton, one of the principle locations for Downton Abbey, is well worth a visit to discover the many sites of interest, including the West Oxfordshire Arts Gallery. Burford, the ‘gateway' to the Cotswolds, is within easy reach, and Oxford is just 21 miles away. An excellent base for touring this beautiful region.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas