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Squirrel Cottage

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Hook Norton, nr. Chipping Norton
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 2
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This Grade II listed cottage is at the centre of village life with quaint pubs, shop and even its own steam driven brewery!

Located in the village of Hook Norton, this Grade II listed holiday cottage is documented as having been part of a malthouse in the 17th century and is situated in the heart of the village. One of a row, it has been lovingly restored and retains many character features which include old stone floors and walls. Village life revolves around the old Norman church, quaint pubs and the village shop, which provides for guests’ daily needs. Hook Norton is best known for its Victorian Tower Brewery, the only remaining steam driven brewery still in operation in the UK. Other places of interest to visit include Stow-on-the-Wold (15 miles), Bourton-on-the-Water (19 miles) and Stratford-upon-Avon (23 miles). Shop and village inn 150 yards.

Cosy living/dining room with wood-burning stove and stone floor. Compact corner kitchen with Rayburn (for cooking). Small utility with Velux window and ceramic tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Rayburn
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washer/dryer
  • Short path to large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Roadside parking
  • Welcome pack
  • No children
  • NB: Garden not attached to the house, accessed via 9 steps.

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2016
    Lovely location in a pretty village. House was not clean; dust like tumbleweed under the bed! Mattress protector and duvet were very stained. Fortunately I only discovered this on the morning we left as I stripped the bed or I would not have wanted to sleep in it. The photos of the garden were misleading in that it appeared that the garden was immediately behind the cottage and in fact it was along a path away from the house. Several previous guests had commented that there was an apple tree blocking the way into the garden. As there had been mentioned a few times I would have expected the owners to have sorted this out, but it was still a problem.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback. Having had various issues brought to my attention, I have done my utmost to remedy and rectify the problems. The cottage has been spring cleaned and all linens and soft furnishings have been replaced. All crockery has been checked. The old apple tree is now being removed, which is a shame but it is obviously an issue. The photos of the garden have been removed from the website and the description clarified that the garden is not attached to the cottage.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 04/03/2016
    On arrival we found the bed had not been made and the used bed linen was from the previous occupants. There was even no change of bed clean linen available for us to make up the bed. The cottage instruction brochure stated that the cottage would clean and with towels and bed linen replaced before new visitors arrive. We went and bought some washing powder and used the washer/drier. The front door has a very complex Yale lock which was difficult to operate and you could easily get locked out as my wife did or struggle to get out. There was a significant variety of glass ware and crockery, some of which was chipped and badly stained. The photos show an elevated enclosed garden behind a cottage but this is not Squirrel Cottage but another cottage 25 yards further up Park Road, so the garden is not integral to Squirrel Cottage. When you have climbed the steep steps and walked along the grass pathway, the access through a rickety larch lap gate was blocked by a semi-fallen apple tree and I was unable to enter the garden.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. I can only apologise that there was a mistake with your arrival day. Of course if I had been informed I would have dealt with this straight away. The Yale lock has now been replaced. The garden is not attached to the cottage, this is noted on the cottage description but maybe it needs to be a little clearer.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/12/2015
    Lovely little cottage, very comfy and cosy, loved the woodburner and Rayburn cooker. Very well equipped and nicely set out. Lots of great walks nearby which our dog loved. Hook Norton is a beautiful old village with 2 great pubs and an excellent local shop, all within a short walk of the cottage. Enjoyed visiting the brewery, which again is within walking distance, and sampling all their great ales. Great cottage, great location, can’t wait to go back!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Great to hear that your dog had a good time too! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the lovely village.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 09/11/2015
    On are arrival we were unable to get in when we did it had not been cleaned after previous guests.....the owner was very apologetic and contributed to are meal in the pub.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/07/2015
    Lovely cottage and location, had a great holiday.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your review.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 13/07/2015
    very nice cottage in a lovely location with a secure garden ideal for our dogs. We would certainly stay there again

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Many thanks for your comments and hope you do book again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2015
    Wonderful cottage. Lovely village. Friendly and welcoming pub (The Pear Tree). Would definitely stay here again. Perfect for a weekend of relaxation.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Great to hear that you would return, thank you for taking the time to review.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 25/09/2015
    The village of Hook Norton is very nice with excellent pubs providing excellent food. The cottage was disappointing with many faults. The furniture was falling apart, there was no wood for the log burning stove, the Raeburn was noisy, access to the garden was virtually blocked by a semi-fallen apple tree. The yale lock on the front door was very difficult to work and initially we could not get out of the cottage until I climbed over a wall at the rear and opened the door from the outside. There was no bag provided for rubbish. The milk in the fridge had no label so could not be used.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback, and I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed. Some of the furniture pieces are older for a more period feel. I will look to replace if need be. The Rayburn is just over 12 months old and is oil pressure jet so does produce a noise when in operation. The apple tree is planned for removal; unfortunately my gardener’s attempts to re-straighten it with supports have failed. The front door lock has now been replaced and apologies for the rubbish bag and the milk. I am always available if issues arise via phone.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 12/09/2015
    Lovely cottage. Dog friendly. Great location. Could do with new entrance to garden to avoid low apple tree branch.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for the review, my gardener is going to stake the apple tree to try to straighten it to pull up the branch. It’s over 50 years old and has lovely Bramley apples in the autumn.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 13/06/2015
    Noise from Rayburn was nuisance at night. Hot water in bathroom handbasin was interrupted towards end of stay. Location for village centre was ideal. Otherwise no complaints!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/06/2015
    Absolutely charming cottage that was cosy, well-equipped and featured lovely period detail. Total relaxation guaranteed - and a beautiful garden from which to admire the view over Hook Norton.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your nice comments, hope you return to Squirrel Cottage.

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7.9 out of 10 – based on 20 reviews collected by Reevoo
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