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Squirrel Cottage

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Hook Norton, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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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.

9 steps to entrance. 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
  • Wi-Fi
  • 9 steps then short path to large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Roadside parking
  • Welcome pack
  • No children
  • No smoking
  • NB: Gentle slope to garden

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

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 19/12/2016
    Squirrel Cottage is very small but perfectly adequate for a couple for a short stay. It is warm, and made all the more comfortable by having the oil fired Rayburn - though the burners were unexpectedly noisy. The village is convenient with a good local shop, two friendly pubs and an absolutely fascinating family owned Victorian brewery, producing wonderful beer. It is a good base for visiting the Cotswolds, Oxford and, I guess, other interesting towns within easy driving distance.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 18/11/2016
    Difficult to contact absentee landlady particularly as there is no mobile reception at the cottage - WiFi is fine though Central heating failed for 2 days and then had to be operated manually by using the box we were instructed not to touch Hot water in bathroom failed for 36 hours until helpful handyman came. Could not operate DVD player - no instructions found and handyman could not advise. Instructions for recycling and location of bins not clear Too complicated to learn how to use the Rayburn in a short time and the portable electric rings were not clean when we arrived No welcome pack found-only tea and Nescafé

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/11/2016
    Perfect cottage in lovely location

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 15/10/2016
    Good cottage, great location. Rayburn took a little getting used to but we managed ok in the end (even cooked a mixed grill in little over an hour!). Local amenities: fish and chip van on Friday was very good, but the local pub (the Sun Inn) didn't live up to its billing and only seemed to serve glorified burgers. Brewery Tour was very good, and the village shop is impressive. Only problems with the cottage were hot water (noisy) and radiators (permanently cold). However wood burner was excellent and easy to light. Would recommend Squirrel Cottage, especially if the heating is sorted.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 06/08/2016
    found the Rayburn cooker a problem did not use, go into the garden

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2016
    Set in a very pretty village, the cottage was quaint and comfortable, and a good base for exploring the Cotswolds. Hook Norton is a thriving little community, a well stocked local shop and Post Office, and two pubs within easy walking distance.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/07/2016
    Beautiful village, and stunning cottage. The only issue was parking outside the cottage.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 02/07/2016
    Very nice little cottage, great location but a bit of confusion over the garden & not easily accessible if you had mobility problems (all uphill & steps)

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/06/2016
    We had a lovely stay at this well equipped cottage. The log burner is wonderful and it has everything you need, towels also provided & tea, coffee, sugar and hot chocolate. There was even salt & pepper, washing up liquid & tea towel, toilet roll, kitchen roll it was amazing. The owner of the cottage was really helpful & answered queries straight away. Lovely village with 2 pubs but both owned by the brewery so sell the same craft beers which didn't suit my husband. Short walk to a the village shop selling everything you can possibly need. Great base to explore a really beautiful part of the country.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Many thanks for your review. It was lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Squirrel Cottage and had a great time exploring the area. Hope you visit again!

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 11/06/2016
    The cottage was in a lovely village with great beer and very good shop. However, the cottage could have done with a bit of tlc and a bit more imagination with the décor and it would have been perfect.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/05/2016
    We loved our stay at Squirrel Cottage! The owner was incredibly helpful with providing us with access details as well as throughout our stay, and when we arrived the cottage was spotless! We especially loved the wood burner! It is well placed in the village of Hook Norton and for the surrounding Cotswolds. We hope to stay again!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your lovely review, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Hope you book again in the future.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 21/05/2016
    Its a pretty cottage in a lovely location. We had a few issues but the owner was very positive to resolve them for us. We understand that the owner will soon be carrying out a package of improvements.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your review, the improvements have now been carried out. We hope you do plan a return visit.

  • 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.

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