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Holly Cottage

Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire (Ref. 1091201)

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "A well maintained, tasteful and characterful cottage in a really lovely quiet village location."

    The furniture and paintings add to the interest. The garden is extensive and also well maintained for year round display.

    GillianMar 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage in a gorgeous location."

    Couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

    NathanaelMar 2020

  • "Holly Cottage is a lovey spot In a picturesque village from which to explore the Cotswolds."

    The description is very clear that tall people will need to stoop in several rooms, due to low ceilings, and we appreciated that - our tall family only bonked their heads twice during the visit! The bedrooms are comfortable, with great linens and towels. Not having a shower was something to get used to, but we managed fine with the large bathtub and hand-held shower fixture. There was lots of hot water and the heating was fine for cold days, with a great wood burning stove in the living room. The gardens would be lovely in the summer, but we were there in a cold and rainy season, so just looked at the view. And enjoyed the cozy inside. The Old Swan pub is a short walk down the lane and great for a drink or meal. And there is a spa next to it that looked fun!

    SaraDec 2019

  • "Very nice place and very well positioned both for Oxford Area and for the Cotswolds."

    I think we´ll try to come again in the future.,Luis

    Dec 2019

  • "Wonderful property, Michael was quick to respond to any questions, instructions to locate the cottage and tips for local experiences were all spot on."

    PhilipSep 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely amazing, cosy and chic."

    We loved the beautiful garden & trampoline. The rooms were specious & well set.

    KhalifaAug 2019

  • "Holly cottage is a beautiful property!"

    Perfect for all ages, the youngest of our group was 2 and the eldest was 71 and everyone enjoyed it. The property is spotless and they have thought of everything, from the children’s books and games to all of the different things in the kitchen! The rooms are all spacious and the property has been decorated to a high standard throughout! The village is lovely and has a great local shop for day to day bits. We all had a lovely weekend away and would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for a get together in the Cotswolds! Thanks again.

    JordanMar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with outstanding gardens."

    Pity weather wasn't too great. Hopefully be back in summer to enjoy it. Beautiful location.

    SusanJan 2019

  • "A beautiful village and comfortable cottage."

    KateOct 2018

  • "I wanted to thank Characater Cottages for their helpful and efficient handling of the booking arrangements and to express the appreciation of every member of the group to the owners of Holly Cottage for the use of their lovely cottage in Minster Lovell!"

    We had a really great stay (despite pretty bad weather!) and enjoyed the surrounding areas as well as the cottage itself. Many thanks.

    SharonSep 2018

  • "Lovely House with very nice garden."

    The river nearby was very inviting, even for swimming.

    ChristophAug 2018

  • "I arrived as Cas Wright & left as Cas Jackson."

    Had a lovely stay in a beautiful cottage.

    CasJun 2018

  • "Another lovely few days in Holly Cottage beautiful walks and shopping!"

    The Swan is excellent, see you next year!

    JoanneMay 2018

  • "We enjoyed our stay very much in this lovely cottage and stunning gardens."

    Bas, The NetherlandsMay 2018

  • "The cottage was great and the garden was too!"

    We had so much fun!

    StacyApr 2018

  • "Simply perfect we want to come back lots!"

    Thank you.

    AliceApr 2018

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at Holly Cottage."

    It was very comfortable and a lovely place to be.

    JoannaSep 2017

  • "What a gorgeous cottage, and wonderful service from Character Cottages, would definitely recommend and use again - THANK YOU!"

    LisaJul 2017

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, The cottage is beautiful and well equipped."

    The garden is stunning and a joy to sit in and enjoy the sunshine. Great location for getting around but so nice you don't want to go out too much! We would highly recommend to others and would absolutely return. Thank you so much. The Gill Family

    Apr 2017

  • "Stunning cottage, gardens and village."

    Plenty of room for games in the garden and rooms so beautiful, we loved the log fire. The Clarks

    Apr 2017

  • "The cottage was stunning!"

    Huge but cosy at the same time. We had a lovely long weekend there with the children and would certainly stay again. There's lots for a family to do in the area and its just 30mins into the centre of Oxford. I can only imagine how lovely it would be to stay in the summer months and enjoy the lovely gardens. The addition of a shower would be nice but we found time to enjoy the luxurious bath tub.

    Anna DavidsonFeb 2017

  • "Return visit for half term with the grandchildren, we had a great time."

    Many Thanks. Press Cookson Family, Ireland, Lake District & Oxford

    Feb 2016

  • "Fantastic cottage the perfect place for me to get ready for my wedding at the Old Swan + Minster Mill."

    Caroline, London

    Jan 2016

  • "Had the best time."

    The cottage is beautiful and met all our needs. A Lovely time was had by all and we will definitely be back! XOXO, Samantha

    Jan 2016

  • "In my opinion the best cottage I’ve ever stayed in."

    Lovely & relaxing cottage with beautiful gardens & walks. Needs a microwave and dryer. Samara Ord, Australia

    Dec 2015

  • "Beautiful cottage, very comfortable, Ideal for a relaxing weekend break."

    Chris, London

    Dec 2015

  • "Happy 80th birthday Mummy."

    A relaxing and happy weekend, thank you. The Goodyears and Townsends, Somerset & Hampshire

    Nov 2015

  • "Lovely cottage, beautiful countryside and very relaxing Thank you."

    Maria, Leamington

    Nov 2015

  • "What a find!"

    Beautiful cottage, garden & location. We had such fun. X The Claytons. West Sussex

    Nov 2015

  • "A fantastic experience, we loved the cottage."

    Thank You! Joshua, London

    Nov 2015

  • "Beautiful cottage & countryside."

    A perfect Week! We shall definitely be back, thank you. The Millers, Lichfield, Staffordshire

    Oct 2015

  • "A beautiful cottage, thanks for having us."

    A wonderful weekend escape Ingrid, London

    Oct 2015

  • "Really lovely house and a perfect place to stay, you have thought of everything."

    Lamberts & Dodds, Sydney Australia & Seattle USA

    Sep 2015

  • "Gorgeous place to soak up the true English countryside experience!"

    Thanks The Loosemore Familly, Australia & America

    Aug 2015

  • "Enchanting!"

    Beautiful cottage in a fabulous location, loved it all. Thank you. Catherine, Marlow, Bucks, .

    Aug 2015

  • "Lovely cottage and garden!"

    We very much liked the location, nice and quiet. Thank you! Mr Paardekooper, The Netherlands

    Jul 2015

  • "What a wonderful break – enjoyed the house, the garden, walks and talking with the locals!"

    Thank you. Lizzie, Greenwich, Connecticut

    Jul 2015

  • "Excellent séjour avec le beau temps, maison et jardin très agréable Jean Pierre, France"

    Jul 2015

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This property is part of the Character Cottages collection.
Specialists in stylish, contemporary and characterful Cotswold cottages

The property

Peacefully located in the quaint village of Old Minster Lovell, is this beautiful Cotswold stone cottage, Holly Cottage.

The large cottage is full of character and has lovely gardens, with views of open fields, the local church and the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, making it the perfect retreat for a family or group of friends who are seeking a relaxing countryside break.

A quiet lane leads you up to the front door, which opens into a small hallway, with space to put your shoes, before opening up into the lovely farmhouse style kitchen complete with flagstone flooring, Belfast sink and all the appliances you require for a wonderful self-catering stay.

Your meals can be enjoyed in the bright, dual aspect dining room, sat with your guests around the wooden dining table as you toast to a wonderful start to your holiday together.

Retreat into the large sitting room where you can sink into the sofa or one of the welcoming armchairs and watch a compelling movie on the DVD player, as the woodburning stove that sits within the lovely, large inglenook fireplace keeps you warm on a cold winter evening.

Guests with limited mobility will be delighted to find the third bedroom located on the ground-floor, with a lovely king-size bed and a contemporary en-suite shower room with a walk-in rain shower, hand-held shower, basin and WC.

Up the steep staircase are two further bedrooms; the master is a large dual aspect room with a lovely exposed Cotswold stone wall and wooden flooring, with a super-king-size bed and the second has lovely sloping ceilings and contains twin beds or a super-king-size bed on request.

Look forward to an indulgent soak amongst the bubbles in the roll-top bath and get out to a wonderfully warm towel, thanks to the heated towel rail!

Holly Cottage's large, enclosed garden is to the rear of the property, with lovely rural views, containing an outdoor table and two benches, a charcoal barbecue which is provided during the summer months, and a lovely meadow with a trampoline further into the garden, perfect for keeping the little ones occupied!

Lace up your walking boots and discovers the pretty village of Old Minster Lovell, which 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.

Take yourself out of the kitchen and enjoy a relaxed dining experience at The Old Swan pub, which is situated on the banks of the river.

A fun day out for all the family to enjoy is spent at Crocodiles of the World, located in Brize Norton and is just a short car ride away, where you can come face-to-face with some of the world’s most feared predators in a fun, safe and stimulating environment, with under-water viewing, talks, animal encounters and feeds throughout the day there’s plenty to keep you occupied at the UK’s only Crocodile Zoo!

Keeping in with the animal theme, head for a great day out at Heythrop Zoological Gardens where you can discover an array of wonderful exotic animals, and finish your day with a pub dinner at one of the many pubs that sit within nearby Chipping Norton such as The Red Lion and The Fox.

The much-loved Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ due to the low arched bridges that cross over the River Windrush, is easily accessed from Holly Cottage and boasts a variety of popular shops and attractions such as Cotswolds Antiques and Tea Room and the lovely Kingsbridge riverside pub, as well as Greystones Farm & Nature Reserve which is home to wildflower meadows and a working organic farm; offering time out from the hustle and bustle of the village centre.

For a wonderful countryside retreat, stay at Holly Cottage.





  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size, 1 x twin or super-king-size on request, 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite walk-in rain shower, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Double electric oven, gas hob, fridge, small freezer compartment, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee percolator, hairdryer
  • Freesat TV, DVD player, selection of books, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available
  • On-street parking
  • Enclosed lawn and patio garden with furniture and charcoal barbecue (without coal) (summer only)
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.7 miles, pub 0.6 miles

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

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About the location


Witney 4 miles; Carterton 2 miles.

Minster Lovell is a village and civil parish in West Oxfordshire on the River Windrush. It is popular for its ruin Minster Lovell Hall, famed for allegedly being the place the ninth Lord Lovell’s remains were found in an underground room. It is often visited now for picnics by the river or long walks through the surrounding meadows, as well as the dovecote nearby. It has several local county inns, including The White Hart and the Old Swan which provide excellent food and real ale. There are public footpaths that cross the field to the parish church or across the river to a small weir where local children often go to swim. Nearby attractions include the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Kilkenny Lane Country Park, both within a short driving distance. Minster Lovell is located 4 miles west of Witney and 2 miles east of Carterton.

Region Information

Note: The sitting room and the dining room have low ceilings and guests over approximately 175cm tall will need to stoop to move around. Note: For the comfort of future guests, we ask that dogs remain downstairs, stay off the furniture and that no trace of a dog remains after your departure. Note: The property has free wireless internet access, however, please note that the signal may not reach some areas of the house and garden. Note: The property's garden is enclosed, however, please note that some areas of the garden are not visible from the cottage. Note: This is an old property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, low beams and steps on the ground floor, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility. Note: The trampoline in the meadow should be checked by adults prior to use by children and children should be supervised outside at all times, including on the dry-stone walls, which are not designed to be climbed on. Note: The front door of the property opens onto the street and guests with young children and dogs should take particular care to ensure that the children and dogs are supervised when the door is opened.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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