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Delightful Victorian Cottage In National Trust Village



Updated: 09-Dec-2016
Cottage in Farnborough, Oxfordshire, England - Lovely Views Over Open Fields And Thatched Cottages

This beautiful Victorian cottage has been renovated to a high standard and provides a perfect base for exploring the North Cotswolds, Stratford, Warwick, Oxford and surrounding areas.

There is a large sitting room complete with original Victorian oven and working fireplace, a characterful kitchen/dining room, small sun room and three bedrooms with beams. The bathroom has a lovely roll-top bath and a separate shower and is lined with travertine tiles. Underfloor heating will keep you warm in the cooler months.

The charming garden, complete with arbour, has lovely views over fields and the front rooms overlook thatched cottages. Situated in a friendly, peaceful village which includes Farnborough Hall, a National Trust property (with adjoining lake )and a great gastro pub, there are also some lovely walks nearby. Lavender Cottage is easily accessed by the M40 and yet is in the heart of the English countryside.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Terry is an architect and Christine works with children from deprived backgrounds. We live in one of the neighbouring villages.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"One of the best cottages we've stayed in. Clean, comfortable,brilliant views, well decorated, comfortable beds and seating - we could go on! But really just lovely".

"Wonderful stay. Beautiful cottage,clean and well equipped, peaceful, just perfect! Ideal location - so much to explore."

"It's been absolutely fantastic - a cosy cottage, picturesque village. Thank you for the warm welcome."
Oct 2011
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


An excellent 'Home away from Home'

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at this well appointed Cottage with good space and Facilities.We have lived in Vancouver for 50 years and enjoyed the opportunity to entertain our Cousins. We were there on a Saturday so appreciated the Tea and Cakes at the Village hall, and a Gluten Free one for me. !! Enjoyed walking the Tow Path and a Meal at the Wharf inn at Fenny Compton and got blown away up Beacon Tower on Burton Dassett Hills

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lavender Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Rather a lot to recommend at Lavender Cottage, which is a traditional cottage in a village. Close by is a Gastro Pub. Twice weekly shopping van visits this village.

A wealth of historical places to visit nearby, such as Upton House.

Cottage itself has comfortable beds, a real fire and the kitchen is well equipped for real cooking, plus a small garden with washing line.

The owners are very accommodating and friendly.

I would return here and will recommend it to my friends; The icing on the cake was the sighting of a heron on the local pond.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We live in the next village and have always loved Farnborough with it's National Trust hall and lovely walks down by the lake. The village is pretty and very friendly and it has a great gastro-pub, the Inn at Farnborough. Wonderful teas are also held regularly in the Village Hall run by the villagers when Farnborough hall is open. The cakes are not to be missed - we went there rather too often when renovating the cottage!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Farnborough at 50 Metres Nearest Train : Banbury at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : M40 at 6 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Farnborough at 50 Metres Car: necessary


Birmingham is the nearest airport - 40 miles with good connection via the M40 motorway which is only 6 miles from the village.

Car use essential.


Stratford-on-Avon - 12 miles.

Warwick - 12 miles.

Oxford - 30 miles.

Bicester Village (one of the premium outlet shopping villages) - 20 miles.

Cotswolds - 15 miles.

London - 1 hr 15 minutes by train from Banbury.

Further Details:

There are beautiful walks in the area including the lake ( a favourite beauty spot) and grounds at Farnborough Hall.

There is an excellent playground in the village.

The region abounds with places of interest and our guests always find they never have enough time to visit all the main attractions. Some examples are Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's birthplace, the Motor Museum at Gaydon,Oxford Colleges, Legoland, Bicester Village, Blenheim Palace and of course Farnborough Hall and the Cotswolds. There are 6 National Trust properties within a 45 minute drive.

The Inn at Farnborough is a gastro-pub which is popular with our guests - 50m. There are many other traditional pubs at local villages, including the Avon in Avon Dassett - 2 miles.

The nearest small supermarket (with ATM) is the Co-Op. in Fenny Compton - 3 miles.

There is an excellent farm shop at the top of Warmington Hill - 3 miles.

Tesco in Banbury is the nearest large supermarket - 6 miles.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/ New Year
16 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Half Term
17 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A booking deposit of £150 is required within 5 days to book your holiday. The full balance is payable two months prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are on Fridays for periods of one week minimum let.
Short breaks are available October- May: Friday-Monday and Monday-Friday
Arrivals from 3pm, departures by 10am. In the quieter months we are happy to be flexible with times.

Notes on prices:
Please contact us for prices for short breaks.
Discounts are available for winter bookings over two weeks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 09-Dec-2016
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From the Owner

Our guests love the original Victorian range in the sitting room and the roll-top bath in the bathroom. We like being able to watch the cows come home from the kitchen sink and just sitting out at the front of the house watching village life pass by. Our younger guests like the village playground and seeing the local donkey being taken for walks! Farnborough has excellent road connections and you can visit a myriad of places of interest in under an hour's drive.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Country-style bathroom with wood panelling, roll-top bath with claw feet - great for a relaxing bath, large luxury shower with travertine tiles, wc. Underfloor heating and travertine tiles. The bathroom looks out onto open fields.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The main bedroom has a king-size bed and beautiful Toile de Jouy curtains. The lavender bedroom has twin beds. The rose bedroom has a single bed and looks out onto fields. All bedrooms have beams. Travel cot available.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: To the front of the cottage there is a lawn and bench where you can always get some sun and watch village life pass by. To the rear there is a lawn and box-edged flower beds together with a beautiful arbour. The rear garden is elevated and overlooks fields. Garden table, chairs for four and sun umbrella provided. Barbecue provided. Parking for one car is available on the driveway. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included ( please bring your own if using the travel cot). Housekeeper service weekly. Other: There is a small sun room overlooking the garden with two chairs and coffee table -the perfect spot for morning coffee or afternoon tea.

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