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Swallows, 1 The Old Stables

Stanton Harcourt near Witney, Oxfordshire (Ref. 1050961)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Swallows."

    It is a comfortable cottage in a lovely setting. The design is well thought out and the kitchen well equipped. The beds are comfortable. It is an ideal spot for walkers, but also a good location for visiting Oxford, Windsor and Stratford on Avon.

    Reviewed by VivienApr 2022

  • "Amazing friendly hosts."

    Its a 10/10 for us! We loved the working farm, made even better by the lovely weather. Accommodation is excellent with everything you need for a lovely relaxing holiday, which is exactly what we had. Can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by CarolynMar 2022

  • "Very friendly owners."

    They gave us useful advice. Great location too.

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2022

  • "Beautiful comfortable cottage Very well equipped Comfortable beds, and very clean and fresh Loved watching the farm action form right outside the window, and hearing the horses hooves in the morning."

    Owners were lovely and helpful with lots of advice and information, even thought we had a super lazy time and didn't venture out much at all. The cottage was perfect for this. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by SelmaJan 2022

  • "Lovely friendly owners and so nice to be on a working farm!"

    Reviewed by AdamDec 2021

  • "The cottage is perfect , very comfortable and well equipped."

    Even though the November weather was cold ,the cottage was really warm . The owners Dave and Rachel made us feel very welcome , we will definitely be returning next year.

    Reviewed by ValdaNov 2021

  • "The welcome we received at Swallows cottage was impeccable, Rachel & David are welcoming, helpful, friendly & informative."

    To wake up in a luxurious cottage & look out of the window to see horses, cows & sheep on a working farm is a welcome sight. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by JNov 2021

  • "Our second stay at the farm, and just as great as the first."

    Our hosts were super friendly and the kids (9 and 11) had a great time mucking about the farm and going on the many day trips nearby (Oxford, Cotswolds Wildlife Park, Blenheim Palace etc. etc.). Thank you!

    Reviewed by IanOct 2021

  • "The cottage is on a working farm so if you are looking for total quiet this cottage is not for you."

    We loved it and watching all the activity was part of the holiday for us. The owners are lovely and will involve you in farm life if you want to be part of what happens, like watching them groom the horses etc.

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2021

  • "Great to be on a working farm & see the animals."

    The family made us feel very welcome!

    Reviewed by TerryAug 2021

  • "Really nice converted stable accommodation on a working farm."

    The location was great with lots going on around the farm to keep kids entertained, horses, sheep, kittens, walks and a lovely sheep dog. Rachel and David, were really friendly and helpful hosts, as was everyone else working on the farm or riding their horses... Nice touch to the accomodation was the front yard set up, which provided a dog secure outside area overlooking the horse paddock. With Oxford and the Cotswolds on your doorstep, lots of great places to visit within easy access. Would recommend highly

    Reviewed by RobAug 2021

  • "We rented both comfortable, very well-equipped Stables cottages for a family 'reunion'."

    Rachel, David and family were so welcoming and shared interesting insights into their life on the farm, with visits from the horse dentist and blacksmith taking place that week. The location was ideal, watching birds around the pond, with rural walks from the door to discover boating on the reservoir and the history of Stanton Harcourt with its Devil's Quots and many places to visit further afield, recommended by the owners. We visited both Blenheim and Oxford and hired a canal boat for a day on the Oxford Canal. We were lucky to have perfect summer weather, ideal for relaxing evening meals on the gas barbeques, watching the sun set. I still remember the clip-clop of the horses' hooves on the cobbles yard - a really restortative, relaxing break.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2021

  • "We had an absolutely fantastic time."

    Our city kids (9 and 11) enjoyed the farm life tremendously. Dave, Rachel, Clare and others were so kind in giving their time to show us the various goings on. We were lucky to be there at the right time to see the lambs feeding, with the kittens and the wonderful (though bonkers-in-a-good-way) collie Bo being the icing on the cake. We also enjoyed the various day trips around and about to Bibury, Oxford and others, and a fine walk along the Thames path from the farm to a local pub on the river. It's a working farm so we got the full experience, including olfactory (which waxed and waned, and we didn't mind). Thank you so much, we will be back.

    Reviewed by IanMay 2021

  • "Fantastic holiday venue."

    Superb accommodation. Being on a working farm was a bonus. Hosts were attentive and helpful.

    Reviewed by IanMay 2021

  • "Great to be on a working farm especially at lambing time with lots of activity but still very peaceful."

    Great to have so many walks for the dog without needing to get in the car.Well positioned for the Cotswolds and getting into Oxford .Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2021

  • "Wonderful little cottage, all brand new inside, comfortable beds, exceptionally clean."

    Owners were lovely, very welcoming and friendly. Kids enjoyed having so many animals so close by. We'd happily stay again.

    Reviewed by SaraApr 2021

  • "We had such a fabulous time at the farm!"

    Our six year old daughter is horse mad so she completely loved having the horses just outside our window. Rachel, Dave and Claire and everyone on the farm were extremely friendly and took the time to answer all our questions about the animals. Joey the sheep was a firm favourite with us too. The two kittens would have come home with us with our daughter had her way! The accommodation is gorgeous. Spacious but very cosy too. And the location is brilliant for local walks and fab pubs. We're planning to return when the weather is better (it rained the whole weekend, but we still had a fabulous time!). Thank you!

    Reviewed by DecimaOct 2020

  • "Fantastic accommodation in a lovely setting and lovely hosts."

    Several decent pubs within a 10 minute drive, think we will revisit next year. The children loved playing with the dog, the sheep and the kittens !

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Swallows."

    The converted stables are built to a very high standard with everything you could ask for provided. Dave and Rachel and everybody on the farm were very friendly and would always stop to chat despite being busy on this working farm. Very peaceful setting with the Thames Path just a field away. If you love horses, this is the place to stay, plus Beau the dog and Joey the sheep who thinks he's a dog

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

  • "We had an excellent stay in the old stables, the accommodation is very well equipped and is located in a good location with plenty to see and do such as walks down to the locks on the Thames or city sightseeing in Oxford, we went to the Cotswold's which are worth a visit , we also went to the Cotswold's wildlife park and gardens and can highly recommend this, another place to visit is the Millets farm shop and garden centre it also has a play centre (spouts) for children which is excellent."

    One of the best parts of this holiday was seeing the animals on the farm our grandson enjoyed feeding Joey the sheep but above all the welcome you receive from Dave, Rachael,son and daughter all are extremely friendly and cannot do enough for you they are very busy running the farm and the riding stables but they will always take the time to stop for a chat perfect hosts.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020

  • "My family and I (my husband and two children ages 9 and 5) had a fantastic time staying on the farm."

    The accommodation was excellent and incredibly comfortable. We all loved being on the farm, watching the goings on from our house and wandering around the farm yard spending time with Joey the lamb, Bow the sheepdog and all the lovely sheep and horses! There were also lots of interesting things to do in the surrounding area. We went to one of the pubs at Newbridge and then took a boat up the river, we went to Oxford for the day, we visited a Falconry and also Cotwold Wildlfe park. It was so lovely coming back to the farm at the end of a day out and seeing the animals and taking an evening walk in the fields. We felt thoroughly relaxed and rejuvenated at the end of our trip. We will definitely be visiting again.

    Reviewed by CharlotteAug 2020

  • "Rachel and family were wonderful, friendly and chatty."

    The cottage was ultra clean with everything needed for a comfortable holiday. Farm life goes on around you but the cottage is so well insulated you are not disturbed. We were going to bring the horses, but had a change of plan, wish we had as I wouldn't question their care had we of brought them. Thank you I hope to be back again xx

    Reviewed by HeatherAug 2020

  • "Swallows is a beautiful, practical and comfortable holiday cottage set next to the farmyard of a working farm."

    We enjoyed a superb family holiday with our teenage daughters and dog and all of us would love to return to Tawney’s farm as soon as possible. The accommodation is perfect as it is stylish yet sturdy enough to feel relaxed in on a family holiday. The kitchen is well equipped, the wet room shower is excellent and the beds are very comfortable. The cottage is well insulated with underfloor heating and I imagine it will be just as comfortable in winter as summer. The outdoor space was great to relax in and watch farm life and ideal for a BBQ in the evening. My daughters (and myself) were thrilled to be able to bottle feed Joey the lamb- a highlight of our stay. My horse-mad daughter loved being close to the horses and could even watch the through the lounge and bedroom window. Thank you to all the Matheson family for making us feel so welcome. We couldn’t have hoped for more accommodating hosts and we all really enjoyed talking to them during our stay.

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2020

  • "We had an amazing week at The Old Stables!"

    Gorgeous brand new place where everything has been thought about. BBQ, herb garden and everything in the kitchen you could possibly need. Everyone on the farm was so friendly and helpful and our 2 year old daughter had the best week of her life! Feeding lambs, meeting new born kittens and watching the horses come and go. The location is great too, very idilic but close to lots of things to see and do. Brilliant week...... we shall be back! Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by TristanJul 2020

  • "From the point of booking our break, the whole process was very simple, communication was great and everything we needed to know was made available."

    The stay at Swallows, 1 the old stables was everything we hoped it would be and more. Imagine a modern stylish barn conversion containing everything you need, set in beautiful countryside surrounded by animals and run by wonderfully relaxed, positive happy people and you're close. We were made to feel welcome from the second we arrived. We followed the winding road past fields of sheep and horses up to the farmhouse and barns, the key was in a key safe at the door, we entered the accommodation and were taken back at the quality and cleanliness, everything was thought of to make our stay an easy one. There was even milk and some amazing cookies waiting for us! The pillows were so good that my wife ordered some for our home. The Thames pathway runs along the back of the farm and offers some amazing walks. There was so much to do in the area but in all honesty we could've easily relaxed at the farm all day watching the world go by and having fun at the farm. We had our two children and dog with us and providing you respect and appreciate where you are then you're pretty much free to roam. We kept our dog on the lead whilst walking around the farm but there was plenty of opportunity for him to run around whilst out and about. Our children were able to see and learn about all the animals, we even got to watch a farrier changing some horse shoes. Everyone at the farm was so friendly and helpful and made our stay what it was. If you want a clean, modern relaxing break but with enough happening around you to keep you interested, in a beautiful location then this is perfect. It exceeded all our expectations and was exactly what we needed.

    Reviewed by PhilJul 2020

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  • One king-size bedroom
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with hand shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor wet room, with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, large fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed gravel area with table and chairs and gas barbecue
  • Large grass picnic table area
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Natural pond in the garden, please supervise children and pets
  • Note: The owner can provide horse stabling, please contact the owner for details

The property

Inside, the cottages have retained much of its original character, with exposed beams complementing the contemporary furnishings and mod cons, offering a great base for a self-catered holiday.

Both properties enjoy open-plan living rooms, offering great social spaces for everyone to come together to celebrate a wonderful holiday at Tawneys Farm.

The sleek kitchens are certain to entice a spot of home-cooking, containing an electric oven and hob, a microwave and plenty of preparation space.

Both properties also have a washing machine, so that you can easily wash and dry your clothes after an action-packed afternoon.

Spend your evenings within the sitting area, by getting cosy on the plush sofa and flicking on the Smart TV, or in Kingfisher open up the patio doors and watch the wildlife on the pond.

The first floor of Swallows contains two bedrooms, one King-size & one double and a family bathroom with a bath so that you can indulge with a relaxing soak after a tiring day.

Continuing to impress, gather together within the enclosed garden area to enjoy a glass of something chilled, with the natural pond and endearing farm animals as your backdrop as you enjoy the balmy evening, with something cooking on the gas barbecue.

Note: This property can be booked with Kingfisher Ref. 1050968, together sleeping eight people.

Tawneys Stable Cottages

Enjoying a rural and isolated position amidst the beauty of Oxfordshire’s countryside are a pair of former stables, which have been transformed into elegant holiday accommodations. With so much to see and do, these properties are perfect for groups of couples, friends and families seeking to explore the surroundings, with the oldest city of Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, situated a scenic drive away. The Old Stables have been awarded funding, for places to stay from which to explore the beautiful local countryside, by Oxfordshire LEADER the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. Plenty of walking and cycling opportunities are available. For those keen on fishing, Linear Fisheries are 2 miles away which are home to the best carp water in the UK. If you can tear yourself away from this superb retreat, venture into the bustling village of Eynsham, where the narrow streets and main square contain a family butchers, a traditional pub and a shop for picking up the essentials. Whilst staying here, be sure to visit The Harcourt Arms in Stanton Harcourt, where you will find a superb restaurant and an outstanding deli, selling a quality selection of fresh fruit, veg, meats, beers and wines. Also, make a stop off at the Red Lion pub in Northmoor, which is a community pub, providing excellent meals using locally sourced produce. Immerse yourself in your surroundings further, by walking the Thames Path, or head to the magnificent Thames River, where you can hire paddle boats or enjoy punting for a unique experience. For a taste of history and culture, visit Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history to discover or head to the city of Oxford, home to the oldest university teaching room, the Bodleian Library, the Botanic Gardens and a plethora of museums. Those visiting with younger guests can spend the day at Millets Farm, where you can pick your own fruit, visit the farm animals or spend fun-filled hours at the play farm as well as enjoy the amazing food shop. Take a visit to Witney which is a small town providing everything you need as well as Bampton which is where Downton Abbey was filmed. Slightly further afield places to visit include the Cotswold Wildlife Park, home to many rare and endangered species and Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. With so much to see and do in Oxfordshire with your family or groups of friends, this may be the place for you.

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About the location


Oxford 14 miles; Bibury 17 miles; Bourton-on-the-Water 17 miles; Stow-on-the-Wold 17.5 miles

This historic market town lies on the banks of the River Windrush in Oxfordshire. Placed on the northeastern fringes of the Cotswolds AONB, Witney is a superb base for those looking to explore this scenic region. The bustling streets are lined with stunning stone buildings hosting a range of pubs, restaurants and cafés of the highest order. Cogge Manor Farm is a unique experience for all the family to enjoy. Enjoy demonstrations, tours and animal feeding at this unique manor house. On the outskirts of Witney, find Witney Golf Centre and the Crocodiles of the World zoo. This is an excellent place for holidaymakers of all ages. Oxford is a spectacular city close by, lined with towering architecture and a wealth of attractions. The Cotswolds is an expanse of rolling countryside, dotted with a series of quaint villages and market towns. Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water all boast quirky cottages and delightful cafés and eateries. Lovers of walking and cycling will be in heaven in this location, with plentiful attractions surrounded by scenery.

Region Information

Note: This property can be booked with Kingfisher Ref. 1050968, together sleeping eight people.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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