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Hillside Cottage

Swinbrook, Oxfordshire (Ref. 988756)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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88 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great weekend at Hillside."

    It's a lovely property in a beautiful & peaceful hamlet. The house is well equipped but not as clean as I would have liked with several dead woodlice & cobwebs in the kitchen. The village pub was excellent. My experience with Manor Cottage wasn't good & I wouldn't recommend them or use them again. I found them unhelpful & inflexible.

    Thank you for the constructive feedback. I can only apologise for the woodlice. This is not a true representation of us and I'm so sorry you experienced this. The property is so beautiful and in a wonderful area so I'm glad you got to experience it and I do truly hope to welcome you back again in the future and exceed your expectations. Best wishes, Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MairMay 2022

  • "Yes some comments: An 18."

    00 check in does not work for us. With a small dog and 3 month old baby not being allowed into the property until 18.00 makes the travel day very arduous. With a 10.00 departure, it effectively means we only have 6 days at the property. Given that the only realistic way to travel to Swinbrooke is on the A40, to leave later on Friday would have meant hours stuck in traffic jams. An 18.00 check in was understandable when Covid was rife but now it just looks like an excuse. Smaller issues: The TV in the lounge is very difficult to operate. 'Stuart's' note says it should be tuned to AV7, after a very long time trying to make that work, it transpires ot should be AV5! There were no dishwasher tanblte sso we had to buy some. The vet lisited in your notes closed down some while a go. There is no phone signal in the house or anywhere nearby so impossible to contact anyone. A landline would be invaluable especially for emergencies. As you will see I am regular customer of Manor Cottages so I hope you will take my comments into account.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a constructive feedback, we will defineletly take your comments into consideration, the 18:00 pm check in we are looking into it now to make it a bit earlier, we will have a look at the TV manual and update it alongside the vet information. we will speak to the owner regarding the landline. and as always we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanApr 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage in a wonderful location."

    Walking distance to Burford with a range of cafes, pubs, shops or right on the doorstep in Swinbrook or nearby. Very comfortable cottage with nice bedrooms and garden, a really special place. To be really critical in the winter or poorer weather a better TV with either satellite or Netflix access would have been good but we were fortunate with good weather.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely feedback, we will forward your comment to the owner, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2022

  • "We had a quick visit to hillside and wished it could be a been for longer ."

    House is gorgeous and I love the fact that it has a great dining kitchen which is a very sociable place to eat and drink . The lounge is cosy to relax in and what is great is the desk to work at which is off the hallway - Bedrooms are spacious and great having 3 bathrooms and a downstairs toilet Would highly recommend

    BevFeb 2022

  • "We had some minor issues which were dealt with very quickly Very happy with property"

    Many thanks for your feedback! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the property and found these minor issues to be solved satisfactorily. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DebSep 2021

  • "Cottage was lovely and spacious."

    For the costs of the listings I think it could do with some painting as it looks tired.

    Many thanks for your feedback. Painting is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks after a busy summer's worth of wear and tear. We're pleased to hear that you found the cottage to be lovely and spacious - you're always welcome to return! Property Owner

    Reviewed by ElaineJul 2021

  • "The cottage is advertised as having a cot and high chair."

    Yes, there is a cot but it is a travel cot ( which we couldn't fold up at the end of the week-sorry!) Whilst this was fine for our 11 month Grandson,it would possible not have been big enough for an older toddler. Could this possibly be stated in the cottage information on the web site. Swinbrook is a picture perfect village with everything easily accessible and beautiful local walks. We would certainly stay here in this wonderful cottage again.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your stay. I apologise that the cot wasn't quite what you'd expected. Unfortunately, whilst we would love to provide bigger cots, we can only offer travel cots at this time. We understand that they may no be suitable for some of our guests. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Hillside Cottage and are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Cotswolds in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "There were a few problems at the house relating to heating, a failed freezer and lighting over the kitchen island which failed."

    Problems can always occur. The test of any organisation is how they are dealt with. The ladies at Manor Cottages were superb at resolving the problems. They had a temporary freezer delivered and a temporary fridge. They kept us informed of how the various problems were going to be resolved with the least inconvenience to us. They were charming and polite and appropriately apologetic despite none of the problems being their fault. I particularly remember speaking to Jenny and to Claire which was always a pleasure.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your stay! We're very sorry that you had to experience these issues during your stay but thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we sorted them for you. Your comments have been passed on to the team at Manor Cottages. We hope to welcome you back to the Cotswolds in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by GuyMay 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, very clean, comfortable and well equipped and lovely and warm."

    Also lovely Christmas decorations.

    Reviewed by JaquelineDec 2019

  • "Exceptionally high standard."

    Beautifully renovated. Full of character. Very clean. Well equipped. Perfect

    Reviewed by HannahNov 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a beautiful area."

    I would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by MelissaNov 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, beautifully decorated."

    Fridge wasn't working upon arrival but a replacement was provided the same day. Parking on street, not off road as stated in details. We had a wonderful week here and would come again.

    Many thanks for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Hillside Cottage! We apologise for the inconvenience with the faulty fridge which has now been rectified. Also our website has now been updated with the correct information regarding parking, this is clearly en error on our behalf and we appreciate you letting us know. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2019

  • "The house was impeccably clean and well equipped."

    Location was amazing, quiet yet close to lots of places of interest. Great walks on doorstep. Highly recommend l

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2019

  • "The house was spotless when we arrived - thank you Amanda!"

    The quality of the property was outstanding - decor, furniture, beds, shower etc. The kitchen was well stocked with a superb Miele oven, good sized fridge / freezer and a good sized island for food prep and with bar stools. The instructions on the printed A4 sheets were first rate and the keys all well sited for the doors. Superb portable Bose wireless music unit. Good solid WiFi signal across the house. The location is tremendous - we sat out on the patio on the Sunday morning and could hear the church service next door. And what a place Swinbrook is - the pub just a short walk away and a lovely walk straight from the house either right towards and past St Oswald Church or left through the fields at the pub towards Asthall. The houses in the village are so beautiful and the countryside really delightful.

    Reviewed by MikeJun 2019

  • "It was a truly wonderful 3 night stay at hillside cottage for our wedding weekend."

    The cottage is situated in the most beautiful village and the house and facilities are lovely

    Reviewed by VickyMay 2019

  • "Hillside Cottage is the absolute perfect place for a holiday in the Cotswolds."

    We had an amazing time celebrating my Mum’s 70th birthday there, with plenty of room for everyone to relax in style. The child friendly touches such as stair gates and plastic cutlery were a great bonus too. Would highly recommend to everyone. Manor Cottages also provided great support to all my enquiries / requests, including recommending the fantastic Charlotte’s Bespoke Catering to cook the most fantastic birthday dinner for us all. We can’t wait to go back! Oh, and the local pub is also as good as everyone says it is, well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by CarolineFeb 2019

  • "The house was very cold on arrival and on the first night."

    Our contact, Amanda, was very responsive and helpful in resolving the problem, sending someone round within a couple of hours to re-set the boiler and providing more firewood. The house is beautiful and comfortably accommodated our party of 6 across 3 generations.

    Reviewed by FfionNov 2018

  • "This was our first experience of renting a holiday cottage and we used it to celebrate my 70th birthday with our son and daughter and their families."

    The location was ideal for this purpose. The facilities offered were excellent, and we found everything to be clean and well maintained.The weather was a little disappointing, but did not detract from our enjoyment of the weekend.

    Reviewed by GOct 2018

  • "We've had an amazing time, wonderful accommodation and surroundings."

    Edwards Family - Northern Ireland - London

  • "Fantastic time in such a lovely village."

    Will be back.

    Mark And Sara Ford-McNicol - Hong Kong

  • "A surprise long weekend to celebrate a 60th birthday."

    4 generations altogether in a lovely house and location. Great time had by all. Age range 11months to 87years.

    Atkinson, Linter And Bird Family - Derbyshire, Hertfordshire And Buckinghamshire

  • "Absolute luxury, gorgeous property in perfect location"

    Mrs Smith

  • "Swinbrook is a charming village, it is an starting point for excellent walks along the Windrush valley."

    \ \ \ Hillside Cottage is an extremely pleasant property, in a good village location.

    Mr. M.

  • "The cottage was lovely and in a great location."

    Mrs Roberts

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful countryside."

    The Taylors , Guilford, London, South Africa

  • "The house was very well equipped, perfectly located and beautifully decorated."

    Mrs Locks-Moro

  • "We had an incredible stay in this beautiful house."

    Everything perfect. Thank you.

    N Garcea, Warwickshire

  • "We had a wonderful time in this perfect house."

    We are so sorry to leave. Thank you xx

    The Grodners, London

  • "What a beautiful house, we had a wonderful stay."

    Thank you.

    The Churchills, Canada/Zambia

  • "We had a wonderful stay in this lovely cottage and in beautiful surroundings."

    Thank you.

    The Yaraks, Belgium

  • "Cottage tres agreable."

    Un excellent sejour. What a pretty cottage.

    Sanson Family, France

  • "Tutto perfetto!"

    ! Spenamo di ritornare ...

    Fabbroni Family, Florence, Italy

  • "We had the best happiest times here."

    Thank you.

    The Grognars, London,

  • "We were there for my daughter's wedding and the cottage absorbed us us all in comfort -\ good beds, endless hot water, cosy sitting room."


    Mrs Wells-Cole

  • "First Christmas in England, we absolutely loved our stay."

    The Barracloughs, Vermont USA

  • "We went to Hillside Cottage for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday and we all LOVED the property."

    We all want to move there. It was beautifully done up. It was a very comfortable size. It was in a beautiful location. It really was just perfect.

    Mr Pearson, .

  • "Fantastic Cottage, great weather - great holiday!"


    Families Morris, Crack And Hunter

  • "All so beautiful."

    The decor, the comfort factor, the calm and tranquility of the area. We did not want to leave.


  • "Closeness to Burford with car parking available."

    Excellent safe garden for young children. Generally excellent. We particularly enjoyed The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Burford Garden Centre. Sudeley Castle and Blenheim are also very good visits although we did not visit them this time.The Swan Inn was very good for food and drink. Mr Langley, April, 2017.


  • "Lovely, comfortable well appointed house"

    Mrs Whitehead

  • "An excellent cottage"

    Mrs Morgan

  • "Thank you for your email."

    We had a great time at Hillside Cottage. The house was spacious and had a touch of 'home from home'. The kitchen was equipped with all the appliances we expected, and the lounge and sitting room had many books to read and was very cosy.\ The Swan Inn was a welcome 10 minutes or less on a good day to stroll to and it was great at lunch times and evening. Food was fantastic and the hosts were really friendly.\ We would definately recommend Hillside Cottage to friends and family for future use.\ We will also look to book accommodation as and when we need it in the future with Manor Cottage as the service was great and communication very good\

    Mrs Stoneman

  • "Lovely home, thank you."

    Parnell Family - Australia

  • "Lovely house in idyllic location."

    The Maclay And Henry Families, London And Middlesex

  • "We came to celebrate our parents 40th wedding anniversary."

    What a fabulous house, we had a great time.

    The Gillam, Ebel, Myles Family - Epping - Godalming And Brentwood

  • "Hillside lived up to every expectation & more."

    Just the perfect amount of space for 6 adults & 4 babies/children to mill around without getting on top of each other. The decor was lovely & the house equipped for every need. Really loved having the stair gates too! That was a nice surprise!

    Mrs Talman

  • "Great location, lovely looking house and space for our family weekend."

    Mr Davidson

  • "Don't think you could improve it."

    It's in a perfect spot and the layout of the downstairs rooms is perfect. When you are with a group you are all all ways together and having a bathroom for each bedroom is perfect.

    Ms Acton

  • "Very clean modern lines."

    Good quality fittings and fixtures. Comfortable and warm. Lovely area on doorstep. Pub with good food nearby. Bedrooms excellent. Bathrooms lovely.

    Mrs Galloway

  • "A stunning comfortable location for a family gathering to celebrate significant 60th and 70th birthday."

    The Wood Family, Modbury

  • "What an amazingly beautiful house."

    It made for a perfect stay for our mums 60th birthday. Thank you.

    The Pearsons, Leigh

  • "Lovely time in a lovely house."

    Extended Family From Here, There And Everywhere - UK, Cyprus And UAE

  • "Well suite cottage, Beautiful scenery!"


    Frismodt, Denmark

  • "A great fathers day weekend in such a wonderful place."

    .thoroughly enjoyed...

    The Steps And Atkins - Bayswater And Australia

  • "Had a great stay here, will come again!"

    Sarah, Paige, Chris & Ollie

  • "Beautiful cottage + village we really enjoyed our stay to celebrate Ma + Pa's Golden Wedding Anniversary."

    Great food at The Swan too.

    The Mitchell Clan

  • "Wonderful Cottage, well equipped in a stunning location."

    The sun was out every day making the stay even more perfect - we will be back!

    Garland Family

  • "LOVELY Cottage, wish we could have stayed longer - so comfortable and a beautiful village."

    Hope to come back!

    The Stuttards, London

  • "Had a fab stay at Hillside Cottage."

    Loved the open fire and the huge kitchen. Will come back again soon.

    The Powells

  • "Fabulous time for Derek's 60th Birthday, even on a grey November the scenery was fantastic."

    The cottage is amazing and very comfortable - we'll be back!!

    The Blacks And The Bakers, YORK

  • "Beautiful house in idyllic location - Many Thanks!"


    Walters And Fletcher Families, Lancashire

  • "Amazing cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Everything was as it looked on the website. Every room was delightful.

    Mrs Titchard

  • "A Beautiful house in a beautiful place."

    Would heartily recommend!

    Harry And Morgan, London

  • "Wonderful stay in this perfect cottage."


    The Normandy Ladies

  • "The cottage is simply beautiful- decorated to a really high standard and very quiet- which is just what we wanted from our weekend getaway."

    It is in a lovely village which has a number of great walks, including ones to the more touristy village of Burford. Arrival was easy and the host was attentive during the stay. The host was also thoughtful, leaving essentials out for us (milk, tea, coffee and cake!). I would definitely recommend this cottage to others and cannot wait to return myself.” \ Poppy, via airbnb, Nov 2016


  • "Our second visit, we love this house!"

    Great part of the world.


  • "The Cottage was a perfect "home" for the wedding"

    Ann & Ian

  • "Such a lovely Cottage!"

    Thank you for your hospitality.

    The Riegelhaupts

  • "Beautifully decorated."

    We will be back!

    The Sugrues

  • "Had the best time ever!"

    !! We loved the house & location. The house was beautiful in every way. Will be back!

    Selby, Carol And Stenner Family

  • "Lovely Cottage in a beautiful location."

    We all enjoyed a wonderful stay!

    Hartley Wintley

  • "What a beautiful house - we used it as the base for our daughters wedding and will never forget it - Fabulous!"

    Mr And Mrs S Mummery - Cheltenham

  • "Great stay."

    .. Thank you!

    Langhorn & Kent Families, USA

  • "Lovely cottage, very well equiped and comfortable."

    \ Great area with lots of places to visit\

    Mr Bowyer

  • "Thank you for letting us use your wonderful cottage."

    We have had a truly memorable family long weekend.

    The Dangmoors And Elsmores - London - Stafford

  • "Celebrating golden anniversary."

    ..the whole family gathered. This cottage made it a very special time, everyone had a great time.


  • "A truly memorable stay."

    You provided everything we could have wished for in a truly delightful location. Thank you.

    The Duffin Family - Cheltenham

  • "Beautiful, comfortable home in lovely countryside"

    Bowyen Family, California

  • "Great house."

    ..really enjoyed staying here!

    Isabella & Jasmine, Singapore

  • "Fantastic house, lovely location and a great time had by all."

    Wanless And Collinap Families - Stockton On Tees, Southampton And Weymouth

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Delightful house, village and pub.

    Nash Family, Switzerland

  • "We have had a wonderful stay in this beautiful house."

    It was a joy to come back here, each evening after touring round the Cotswolds. We definitely hope to return for another visit!

    The Bairds

  • "Fantastic location, lovely week with friends - we enjoyed and are impressed with the house and the Cotswolds!"

    Antwerp, Belguim

  • "A great week in a marvellous setting with much to see - lovely walks."

    The Swan inn great for refuelling!

    Morgan, Little & Cox Families

  • "Amazing. The sadness with which we leave says it all."

    Farewell Swan, Mitfords, Hillside, Swinbrook!!!

    Noel Webster & Katrina Coulson, Sydney Australia

  • "Had a lovely holiday in a very comfy cottage!"

    Thank you.

    Birch Family

  • "Gorgeous house, gorgeous village and great fun had by ALL."

    Thank you!

    Orringe & Hadaway

  • "A very large property, modern interior, especially the kitchen, bedrooms are ..."

    A very large property, modern interior, especially the kitchen, bedrooms are big,( of which 2 had lovely en suites) and have ample storage space, also set in a nice location near to many other Cotswold's attractions, all our family had a wonderful time at this cottage

    Mr Hamilton

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en suite bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en suite shower room with shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Second sitting room.
  • Oil fired heating with underfloor heating and wood burning stove
  • AGA (available in winter months) and oven, halogen oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, wine cooler, Nespresso coffee machine, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 1 x Smart TV in lounge, 1 x TV in snug for own gaming consoles, DVD, iPod Dock, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • On street parking
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio area and furniture
  • One well behaved small dog
  • No smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: The property requires a Good House Keeping Bond of £500 prior to booking
  • Note: Barbecues are not permitted at this property
  • Note: AGA is only available certain months of the year
  • One well behaved dog allowed
  • Please note the property is located in a rural dark village so if arriving at night, please take extra care
  • Once through the garden gate there is an outside light

The property

Hillside Cottage, Swinbrook is a stunning 5 star cottage, presented to the highest standard and without question one of the finest cottages in the Burford region.

Voted Winner of The Best Holiday Cottage in the Cotswolds in 2019.

The owners have overseen a superb renovation of one of the oldest cottages in this historic village to provide sumptuous (a word we haven't used on a cottage before!) self catering accommodation in a location that overlooks the village church - a truly quintessential spot.

The kitchen is the real heart of the home: beautiful with high quality materials, and Aga and views across the enclosed garden.

The four bedrooms and three bathrooms are similarly stylish, spacious and gorgeous.

We are bowled over by this cottage (one of the team wants to move in!) and we are quite certain you will be too.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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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.

Region Information

NOTE: This property has a £500 good housekeeping bond. This amount is automatically shadowed when the booking is made. If there is any damage caused during your stay that exceeds the £500 good housekeeping bond, please note that you will be held liable for the whole cost to replace / rectify damage.
Note: Barbecues are not permitted at this property.
Note: AGA is only available certain months of the year.
Polite notice from the owner, please read
Please do not park to the side of the property as this will restrict access to others. We would like to ask you to only park at the front of the house.
Over occupancy * and parties are strictly forbidden and breach of these terms will terminate the booking and you will be asked to leave immediately with no refund. This is a neighbourhood watch area and neighbours control monitoring very loud noise and will inform us of this.
Thank you in advance!
Please note the property is located in a rural dark village so if arriving at night, please take extra care. Once through the garden gate there is an outside light.
Please note: The TV in the snug is for own games consoles only. The TV does not have any other features.

*Over occupancy (6+) refers to more than 6 people in the property at anytime, unless you are from a single family bubble and you can provide evidence of this.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas