Heath Farm Holiday Cottages
Five award winning four-five star cottages ( Hazelnut, Beechnut, Chestnut, Walnut and Cobnut ) grouped around a central courtyard together with the owner’s house and individually designed and created. Each have their own unique character and sleep 2 or 2-4. All feature a wealth of wood and natural materials, bespoke furniture, open fires, well equipped kitchens, comfortable king and super king beds, great views and a scrupulous attention to detail in design, fitting and care. This includes using environmentally friendly products and practices as far as possible.
Warm and cosy, all the cottages have full central heating powered by a woodchip boiler on site.
For those who enjoy the romance of the open fire you will find your own in the cottage made up ready to light with offcuts of wood from the owner’s joinery used for kindling and logs which have been gathered and seasoned as part of the farm’s woodland management. A ready supply of wood is freely available for guests.
The courtyard is well equipped with seating and tables for guests and is a lovely place to relax with a cup of tea, glass of wine or a good book. The sounds of running water and birdsong, the scent of lavender and flowers and the lovely view of garden and valley add to the sense of peace and pleasure. For those who enjoy cooking you will find fresh herbs which you are welcome to use in your well equipped kitchens or outside on the barbeque.
Beyond the courtyard the garden leads to an orchard and a grassy leisure area with seating and croquet lawn. Guests can relax and play here or explore the 70 acres of woodland and meadow. There are mown tracks and woodland paths – great for walking or cycling. Native trees bordered by shrubs and fruit trees providing wonderful habitat for birds and wildlife and wildflower meadows supporting bees and butterflies. Guests are welcome to pick wild fruits and elderflowers in season.
Conservation work began in the 1970’s with more tree planting in the 90’s when the owners stopped farming. The commitment over the years and ongoing work has created an oasis of green and trees for wildlife (and humans). The first hazel coppice planting in the area now provides hazel for local crafts people from hedge layers to carved wooden spoon makers while the nut trees produce hazel and Walnuts which are gathered and sold at the autumn farmers markets.
Whether you want to play, relax, walk, cycle, nature watch, nibble or just admire the view you will find fresh air, space and freedom at Heath Farm.
You will probably also experience a sense of time moving at a slower pace…
Heath Farm is surrounded by pretty villages and benefits from good farmers markets and farm shops, pubs and restaurants within a short drive. On the doorstep is the pretty 17th century village of Great Tew with its traditional 16th century old pub, 15 minutes takes you to Blenheim Palace with its splendid Capability Brown landscaping and gardens and popular events. The famous Cotswold villages of Burford, Bourton on the Water and Stow on the Wold are all within a 20-30 minute drive as are a number of other quaint and picturesque villages and attractions such as the Cotswold wildlife park, Cogges Manor Farm and Batsford Arboretum. We are also well situated for National Trust Properties such as Chastleton and Upton House. The historic centres of Oxford and Stratford are just 20 miles away with plenty to offer in terms of culture, architecture and entertainment. For lovers of antiques there are numerous places to browse and buy throughout the Cotswolds and those with a taste for designer goods may be lured to the popular Bicester village and the numerous boutique and independent shops of the Cotswold towns.
Heath Farm is in an ideal location to access all Cotswold attractions whilst feeling in the middle of nowhere.
OX74BN. Heath Farm holiday cottages are located down a long tree lined drive off the A361 between the market towns of Banbury and Chipping Norton. Excellent road access from London and Birmingham with the M40 junction 11 at Banbury only 7 miles away.
Unfortunately public transport here is very poor so a car is needed. The nearest train stations are in Banbury, Kingham and Charlbury.