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Conversion Of Listed Canal Side Stable, Views Over Rolling Fields



Updated: 24-Oct-2016
Converted Stable in Napton on the Hill, Warwickshire, England - Secluded, Rural Location Next To The Oxford Canal

Offers rural seclusion and a great base for gongoozling (canal watching!), walking and cycling. It is within easy driving to Stratford, the Cotswolds, Coventry Cathedral, Warwick Castle, Leamington Spa and National Trust properties.

The property is adjacent to the lock keepers cottage and was originally built for the horses used on the canal. The only other neighbours are sheep, although there is a traditional pub 100 metres away.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

The owner Nigel is a canal enthusiast which led him to the property in the first place.

Keen on all things steam, he occasionally crews on the Steam narrow Boat President on her trips away from the black country museum.

Other interests include cycling and motorcycling. Napton is a great base for doing both

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31 Reviews

based on 31 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely cottage on a beautiful canal

  • 5 of 5

I booked this for a friend who joined us for a couple of days on our narrow boat holiday, but we couldn't accommodate her on the boat. The cottage has clearly been a labour of love. It is appointed to a high standard and very well situated. The Oxford Canal is on your doorstep to the east, and the Folly Pub to the west. There are very pretty sunrises over the canal and sunsets across the fields. The Folly is a good, characterful old-fashioned pub with good real ale and good food. The landlord, Mark, is a character in the best sense and plays the real role of a landlord with aplomb. In the village there is a wonderful post office/stores - a real community hub that sells locally made crafts and gifts, as well as fresh bread and bakery and the usual stores. The also have a kitchen that serves hot food - we had a delicious breakfast.

Nigel Wood, the cottage owner, lives next door and is a lovely guy and very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble, and it was very enjoyable chatting to him about the local area and the renovation of the cottages. The cottage is very comfortable, with a wood stove, country kitchen area, and rainfall walk-in shower. Nigel also thoughtfully provided a bottle of wine.

The area is beautiful and a 'world set apart' (reached via a small lane from the village) set in the midst of colourful canal life and fields giving way to rolling hills. At the same time, the village is only a 10mn walk away; other scenic villages are close by, and Banbury and Leamington are 20-25 mn by car. There are lovely walks to be had as well.

I highly recommend this for a relaxing break, and definitely for canal enthusiasts!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Weekend Break

  • 5 of 5

Small self contained conversion, completed to a high standard. Quiet relaxing environment a few steps from the canal, and a few more to the pub which is quirky and serves very good food. Met Nigel the owner who was friendly and helpful, and made sure the stay was as pleasant as possible, as this included a complimentary bottle of red wine.Log burner nice touch

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

The Stables is a well kept, comfortable holiday accommodation.

The property itself is set in a stunning location surrounded by breath taking views which is perfect for relaxing.

The canal lock is just metres away and is perfect for watching the narrow boats come and go.

The Folly pub, which seemed popular especially at the weekend, is only a hundred metres away but wasn't intrusive.

Nigel, the owner, was helpful and made us feel very welcome.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend The Stables to anyone wanting a restful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Cottage is well designed and finished to a good standard. Although only 100 yards or so from the Folly inn no noise was noticeable and in fact it was nice to walk over for an evening drink. Being right next to the canal and locks made for pleasant walks with our dog in both directions, often chatting to the boaters as they passed through the locks. Nigel the owner lives next door and is a helpful and pleasant chap but not intrusive. The immediate area is calm and restful. There is a village post office 1/4 hrs stroll away, with very friendly staff, providing snacks and drinks on site. We would recommend the Stables for anybody wishing a peaceful break. Overall, a good cottage in a good position and we wil definitely be returning

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wanted to stay another week

  • 5 of 5

The owner is very welcoming, the cottage was immaculate and spacious with thoughtful touches throughout. Great location for either using as a base to visit some outstanding visitor attractions but also somewhere you would be happy to spend your entire holiday without straying too far from the cottage. Ever changing scenery by the lock, always someone to chat to if you want to but cosy inside the cottage if you don't. Folly full of good beer and colourful people. Cottage well equipped and the small shop on site handy for supplies. Log burner looked good if you were going in winter. Hope to be booking again for next year. We had a wonderful time.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful three night stay. The location is superb, both peaceful when required but also plenty of activity just metres away with the canal lock and its ever changing throughput of boats and people. At the end of the day with a glass of wine in hand enjoy the views from the patio across the fields watching the sunset.

100m away is The Folly, close enough for drinks and food, far enough not to be disturbed by any noise. A ten minute walk to the local store provides a good range of locally sourced food and all the essentials required, the cafe is apparently renowned for its food and service.

Great walking to be had in the area, you really could forget your car completely.

Nigel is an excellent host, nothing was too much trouble and the property itself is kept in excellent condition.

We hope to return another day.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner


Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : The Folly Pub at 100 Metres Nearest Train : Leamington Spa or Rugby at 12 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Folly Pub at 100 Metres Car: necessary


M1 Junction 17 12.3 miles.

M40 Junction 12 11 miles.

Leamington Spa Station 8 Miles (Chiltern Trains, Cross Country Trains)

Rugby Station (Virgin main line to London, National Exhibition Centre,Birmingham Airport) 13 Miles


Napton on the Hill village is approx 1/2 mile away.

National trust; Farnborough Hall (7.4 miles), Canons Ashby (9.6 miles), Upton House and Gardens (10.8 miles), Charlecote Park (12.5 miles)

Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon (12 miles)

Coventry Cathedral (18 miles)

Stratford on Avon (23 miles)

Stoke Bruerne Canal museum (25 miles)

Further Details:

Folly Inn - 100 metres, traditonal canalside pub - log fires, candles, hearty food

Post office and general shop in village.

Kings Head - 1 mile, Restaurant style pub.

Southam, 4 miles, Tesco, fuel, banks, takeaways

Daventry, 10 miles, Waitrose, Aldi, Tesco, fuel, banks, takeaways


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter/Spring 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
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A 10% deposit secures booking with balance payable 2 weeks before start of holiday. You will be invoiced for Credit card payment via Paypal (secure on line payment). I never see your card details.

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Updated: 24-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • barn


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • marina
  • pond

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Walk in shower Hot water always available supplied by ground source heating system. Electric heated towel rail Water softening system


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 Bedroom with double bed Built in wardrobe There is an additional fold away single bed which may be set up in the lounge.


  • Outside: Private, secluded south facing sitting out area with table, chairs and sun brolly. The walled patio area is a real sun-trap with magnificent sunsets in Autumn Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen included. Dishwasher tablets & washing up liquid. Supply of logs for winter evenings Other: Ground level cellar with bicycle storage Private, secluded sitting out area.

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