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Little Owl Barn

(Ref. 1065959)

Burford, Oxfordshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (11)
  • lovely (7)
  • our (6)
  • clean (6)
  • perfect (5)
  • bed (5)

16 Customer Reviews

  • "Sweet little cottage with good quality linen and furniture but unfortunately, the most uncomfortable bed."

    Really impossible to get a night's sleep on it. If you're after peace and quiet this won't be the best place for you. The cottage is mid-terrace. The next door neighbours who live there, like their music loud and late, with their doors and windows open. Other than that, a good base for seeing the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by Caroline2.8Sep 2023

  • "Maybe some sort of awning or umbrella for the patio."

    It's lovely in the late afternoon and evening, when the sun is out. But some form of shade would be even better.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and almost everything perfect."

    We had a couple of issues with the kitchen lights and the double bed. These were resolved quickly by a lovely maintenance man. I would suggest you replace the double bed. We had a great week the weather was very hot and could have done with a garden parasol to fully enjoy the beautiful garden.

    Reviewed by Pat4.4Jun 2023

  • "This is a pretty little cottage in a good location."

    However it was too small for us with two active young children (4 years and 18 months). A couple of examples: there isn't room in the sitting area for a play mat, in the twin room the beds only just fit inside so you can't move them to put pillows on the floor in case of a kid rolling out of bed and there is only a cube fridge that doesn't fit a full family shop. The opening words of the housebook are 'welcome to our cosy little cottage'. That is totally accurate and it's a pity language like that wasn't included in the online listing (at least when we booked). I don't want to badmouth the property as it is clean, nicely finished and would be lovely for adults who intended to walk and eat out at pubs, or maybe with older teenage children. But it wasn't suitable for us and it's a shame the listing didn't make the compact nature of the property clearer.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you were disappointed by the size of the cottage. We have double checked our photos on the website and can see that the rooms are compact. We do our best to represent our properties using plenty of photos. We hope you enjoyed exploring the local area. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emily3.1May 2023

  • "Little Owl Barn was in a lovely, quiet location, looking out over fields."

    It worked well for 3 adults , a toddler and a dog, although the white goods were just at the right height for the toddler! The garden was very dog and toddler proof however. The cottage was really well equipped and all the basics ( tea, washing up liquid etc) were provided. Thank you for that. Everything was very clean and when I asked for a warmer duvet it was quickly replaced. Another loo would have made it perfect. We really enjoyed our stay.

    We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Little Owl Barn. Sadly there is not space for a second loo, however we are pleased to hear that you found the cottage had everything for your family's needs. We look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes, Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Feb 2023

  • "The property was warm, clean and comfortable."

    We enjoyed our stay. A serving spoon for food is needed. Also, there was no caddy in the kitchen for collecting food waste, only a liner bag, which doesn’t work well. There were no recycling bags provided.

    We are glad you were comfortable in Little Owl Barn. Thank you for your comments, which will be passed onto our housekeeping team. We hope these didn't detract from your stay. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Nov 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely."

    Unfortunately our stay was really spoilt by the double bed being so awful. There was no point on the bed that was flat, everywhere sloped to the middle. We, like the previous guests ended up in the single beds. If there had been more than 2 of us we would have ended up on the floor. When you pay so much for a weekend away the least you expect is a bed you can sleep in. A couple of other niggles, one of the sharp knives has the tip broken off and was dirty, and the phone number in the folder for the Carpenter's Arms is wrong.

    Thank you for your feedback and we're sorry to hear that you encountered an issue with the double bed. Maintenance have been made aware and this will be addressed as soon as possible. Thank you for bringing the other matters to our attention. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.4Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Very clean and comfortable. Garden secure enough for our dogs. Will book again

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are glad that you and your dogs had a comfortable stay. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tajinder5.0Sep 2022

  • "Perfect for our long weekend in the Cotswolds attending The Big Feastival and seeing friends/family locally."

    For a family of 4 + dog = ideal

    Thank you for your review, we are pleased to hear the location was convenient for visiting family and friends and do hope you book again in the future. With best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay in a peaceful and tranquil setting."

    The cottage has a lovely outlook over the countryside and is just right for up to four people. The location is ideal for exploring the Cotswold and day tripping to historic sites and towns. Burford is a short drive, or half an hour walk (if you are not in a rush) which has all the amenities that you need for a great break or a holiday.. We stayed for just over a week and will be back when we next visit the Uk.

    We are delighted to hear that you had a lovely stay, the cottage itself is in a lovely location. We do hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future. With best wishes Character Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Perfect for a couple or family with little ones (ours are 7 and 9). Comfortable and well equipped. Super helpful host. We’d certainly go back.

    We're so pleased you had such a lovely stay. We cant wait to welcome you back. Best wishes, Manor cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas4.7Jul 2022

  • "The cottage is at the end of the lane and looks out onto a beautiful field."

    The quiet was most enjoyable. I particularly loved the layout of the cottage - it has everything you need in a cozy space. We would have appreciated a bit of firewood. Eateries in the neighborhood are great - good to plan ahead as many bookup. Don't miss the extensive gin list at the Maytime Inn.

    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 Charles5.0Oct 2021

  • "Property rather sparsely furnished with small numbers of things like knives, forks and cooking utensils."

    Pictures on Sykes are from previous owners and have not been updated.

    Thank you for your feedback. The photographs are very close to the way the property is currently presented - just a few things like pictures and decorations that are different. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger3.8Aug 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage in idyllic location."

    The cottage is comfortably furnished, we had a very relaxing stay the only comment we would make, is a small thing but was annoying. The kitchen is somewhat scantily equipped; 5 mugs and 4 of each type of cutlery. this is not enough for a cottage that sleeps 4, unless you put on a half full dishwasher on after every meal. this would, we think be a cheap fix. we would consider retuning when visiting the Cotswolds. kind regards Dominic and Hadaya

    Reviewed by D4.7Aug 2021

  • "I have been in email contact about poor cleanliness but you were not interested."

    Thick dust in specific areas. Bedroom. 1 particularly on slope area. Someones socks left under table - thick floor dust where not cleaned properly Thick long black hair in property. Tea stained sink and washing up bowl just needed bleaching. Toe nail and pill in bedroom 2 on floor between 2 beds. Kitchen cupboard fronts had food debris and not cleaned. Fridge not clean. TV needs an upgrade to smart tv. Unsightly air brick behind tv. Kitchen poorly equipped - 4 knives, 4 forks for 4 people is not enough. No baking trays. Knives in knife block a have rust spots from dishwasher. Inadequate bedroom storage - no hanging space at all Local office were helpful but overall - Poor customer service as can not ring to discuss and received standard email saying matter is resolved and I did not follow process and report on arrival. No one took time to listen I was not seeking compensation but wanted to.alert to poor cleanliness. So assume my feed back wil be ignored and poor standards will continue. Of course you are welcome to publish but of course you wont! Oh and requested arrival time of 6pm unreasonable particularly when property had not been cleaned properly. Had assumed later arrival time was to allow more time for cleaning

    Dear Mrs Hurran, I am so very sorry to hear of the disappointment you experienced due to the poor level of cleanliness at the property. Of course, the issues you came across are completely unacceptable and the housekeeper has been forwarded your comments in order to ensure this does not happen to any future guests. With regard to the kitchen equipment, you're right - that is certainly not sufficient cutlery for four and the owner has been contacted in order to get some more over to the property. We're happy we were able to help you from our office here in Burford. The 6PM check-in time is indeed to accommodate extra cleaning time due to Covid-19. It is clear that the time was not utilised wisely and we apologise for the inconvenience this must have caused. We really appreciate you bringing all of these points to our attention as we are now able to rectify the issues for future guests. We hope you had a wonderful break and would love to welcome you back to the Cotswolds again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian2.2Aug 2021

  • "Little Owl Cottage was a gorgeous little place to escape to post lockdown."

    There was everything and more that we needed inside this beautiful cottage and it was extremely clean on arrival. Perfect location for exploring the Cotswolds and a 20 minute walk to plenty of cafes, pubs and shops in Burford. Would highly recommended!

    Thank you for highly recommending Little Owl Cottage, we are pleased to hear it had everything you needed. We would love to welcome you back to the Cotswolds again in the near future! Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 singles that are zip and link and can be made into a king size on request. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with wood burning stove.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed lawned garden with sitting area
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: This property requires a Good House Keeping Bond of £100 prior to booking.

The property

Little Owl Barn, with a name like this you'd expect something that is cute and eye-catching.

Thankfully it is both, in spades, perfect for Cotswolds holiday in a truly top-notch location.

Tucked down a lane, behind a delightful cottage garden, this sweet, homely holiday cottage is a true gem, carved from a once enormous barn into a collection of quality homes.

Pleasingly, one of them is now a holiday home for us all to enjoy and it has very recently undergone a "makeover" which has transformed the cottage and light floods into the barn rooms making sure that even though it is exceptionally cosy, it is not dark or unwelcoming - quite the opposite.

The views are superb, and this coupled with the sound of nothing but birdsong and the occasional tractor ensures this is a true Cotswolds experience.

Kids, of course, can run free in the enclosed garden while you enjoy a seat and relax if you wish you could all stroll down to Burford in about 10 mins for a treat in Huffkins Cafe (maybe a famous Lardy Cake....?!) Inside, the house has been furnished with style which adds to its attractive appeal upstairs are two bedroooms both of which are simple yet smart.

We absolutely love this barn, as will you, - there is nothing not to like!

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

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About the location


Burford is possibly one of, if not THE most famous of the Cotswolds' locations. With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford is justifiably one of the most picturesque towns in England. Often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds', the town was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town. Located mid way between Oxford and Cheltenham (25 mins each away) it is a little haven of history and beauty that many come to fall in love with when they visit.

The 16th century Tolsey building, once the meeting place for medieval merchants, now houses The Tolsey Museum, a delightful local museum illustrating the town's social and industrial past. The church is stunning, a real gem architecturally with many interesting memorials charting some of Burford's great families. There is also the signature, on the baptisimal font, of Antony Sedley, one of the Levellers besieged in the church in 1649 - three of the ringleaders were executed by Oliver Cromwell's men in the churchyard. History awaits!

With little changing over the centuries, Burford is now very popular with visitors, both for its beauty and history but also for its shopping and antiques, and for the wide variety of places to eat, with restaurants, pubs and teashops. It is an ideal base for visiting The Cotswolds area as it is within easy driving distance of popular attractions such as Blenheim Palace, Sudley Castle, Warwick Castle and several National Trust Houses and Gardens. Bourton on the Water, Bibury, Cirencester and Stow on the Wold are all with 25 minutes from the property.

Please Note: This property requires a Good House Keeping Bond of £100 This amount is automatically shadowed when the booking is made.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas