The Old Vicarage

the cotswolds, england
4 bedroom - 2 bath
(11 reviews)
Travel dates:
£620 - £631 per night (GBP)
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Perks for the Parents

This country house in the northeastern Cotswolds, a 1.5 hour drive from London, is close to gastro pubs and country walks and set in 2 acres of enchanting woodland gardens. Let the little ones run free amongst the protected woodland and gardens, while adults enjoy garden games and afternoon tea. Take a walk along country footpaths, stop at the local gastropub, forage for seasonal wild berries, or build magical hideaway dens. The house is a short drive from Soho Farmhouse, Daylesford and Bicester Village. In the summer, the set up is perfect for outdoor dining and barbecues, with a trampoline close to hand to entertain the kids.

Why Kids Love it

Toys and books can be made available. Board games await in the games room for a lazy autumn and winter days in front of the open fire. Netflix is also available. The house is ideal for kids, with room to play indoor and out - plus a trampoline in the garden - and a bunk room set up to make bedtime fun. There is so much nearby to make your family stay fantastic, including local country walks, horse riding, the British Motor Museum and a National Trust property, Upton House, on your doorstep. Kids can renovate the existing den in the woodland or create their own, or play football or picnic in the gardens.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 5-7 nights, depending on the time of year. Please note that this property will require a full 24 hours between stays to ensure the necessary cleaning can be carried out. The upstairs family bathroom has shower and a bath for children. A travel cot and high chairs are available. Cleaning can be arranged on request with the owner; onsite massages for tired parents can also be organized. Food delivery services such as Ocado deliver to this address, so you don’t have to spend time grocery shopping. There is also an excellent local farm shop for supplies. The owners can assist guests in arranging childcare on request. Car rental is essential for getting the best of this destination. The host may consider pets with prior agreement for an additional fee.

About the Location

The property is in Edgehill, near Banbury, in the northeastern Cotswolds. It is approximately 50 minutes north of Oxford, 30 minutes from Birmingham International Airport and 1.5 hour’s drive from London. A train runs from Marylebone to Banbury, taking 55 minutes. The Cotswolds area of outstanding national beauty is on your doorstep and there are 2 recommended gastro-pubs within walking distance. The National Trust’s Upton House and Gardens is close by and there are plenty of local activities for children including a horse-riding school less than 5 minutes’ drive away.

Accommodation Details

This country house has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is set in 2 acres. The main floor has a welcoming lounge with open fire, a country-style kitchen and dining room, a billiards room, and a bathroom. The first floor has a master bedroom with kingsize bed, a second bedroom with kingsize bed, a bedroom with 2 twin beds and a third bedroom with a bunk bed. There is a bathroom with tub and shower on this floor. The grounds include an outdoor dining area, trampoline, lawns and woodlands to run and play in.

Style Notes

Modern luxury. This sensational country house is truly the best of British, with plush furnishings, crisp bed linen, warm country hues, original features and a charming collection of antiques. The heartfelt welcome includes a roaring fire for winter months, and a country-style dining room with scrubbed pine table and flagstone floors. Bedrooms are cozy and beautifully furnished with layered pillows, colorful throws and rugs. We love the stuffed animal heads on the walls, the glorious gardens for exploration at all times of year, and the rolltop bath.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
2 king
1 bunk bed
2 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Anna F.
Member since September 09, 2018
A New Zealander living in London with 3 young children. Our second home in the country is our antidote to a busy city life.

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11 reviews

Jen K.
Visited in August 2023
We had a perfect stay at the Old Vicarage. The house is impeccably designed, and there’s a lot to keep the kids entertained in the summer or winter. Plenty of garden games for outside, board games or pool for staying inside. It’s well located for farm shops, groceries, and a lovely pub just on the corner. The tub in the master bathroom feels like a holiday itself. :) We can’t wait to come back!!
Lily L.
Visited in March 2022
AMAZING. The house is incredible for a family. We had such a wonderful time. It is beautiful and peaceful. The Indian restaurant nearby and Pub within walking distance are delicious.
Anna H.
Visited in October 2021
If you're looking for an absolutely quiet and idyllic place to relax, with plenty of space for kids to roam and loads of nearby attractions to enjoy, this spot is perfect. We had the best week here with our daughters and friends. Anna was incredibly responsive and made sure we had everything we needed ahead of our stay and also answered questions throughout the week. The house was perfectly clean and set up for us. We even had marshmallows to roast in the firepit outside and a lovely bottle of wine to greet us. The Castle at Edgehill pub (less than five minutes walk away) is also a delicious spot with a gin distillery opening to the public in the next month and beautiful views. The kids found it so exciting to be dining in 'a castle'. We hope to come back in the summer but would recommend this spot year around. Thank you again for a lovely stay!
Jennifer M.
Visited in January 2020
This house is like a hug! A charming, elegant, country house with loads of charm and character, Anna has made this house a gorgeous balance of charm and ease. Our kids settled into the bright & cheerful kids rooms and dove into the books and toys. The garden was a haven for yard games and the forest next door allowed our imaginations to build forts with sticks. This house was flooded with light in the day and we snuggled in, next to the warm fire on the cool February nights. Anna was great communicating as we planned our trip and made sure we had all we needed. Indeed we did! I would highly recommend the Old Vicarage and my only complaint is that this property sets such a high standard for our next rental!
Keila d.
Visited in December 2019
Lovely home in a quiet village. Decor and amenities very high end and responsive host. Our family had a lovely time and would recommend. Very cute quaint pub at the bottom of the hill. Easy access with car to other picturesque Costwolds landmarks.
Florence M.
Visited in December 2019
We had the most wonderful Christmas ever at the Vicarage with our family of four (two adults and two children, 8 and 4; plus another couple). Everything was absolutely perfect and beautiful, and Anna could not have been a better host. We felt very, very lucky to be staying there, enjoying the garden, cozy fires in the snug, and exploring the surrounding area (Anna's notes on things to do were so helpful). I dream of being back there at least once a day. Thank you, Anna!
alexandra r.
Visited in July 2019
We had a fabulous stay at Anna's house in the Cotswolds. She was a wonderful host and was great at communicating prior to our stay to make sure we had everything we needed, including sending a very handy list of local recommendations. The house itself was perfect for our two families, with 5 kids total, and we loved the little touches like handpicked fresh flowers in each room. The kids had a blast in the backyard with the trampoline, soccer goals and mini cars/construction equipment to ride on. Highly recommend!
alexis l.
Visited in May 2019
We stayed for a long week end in may. We meaning 2 families, 5 kids between 1 and 6 and 4 parents, coming from London. We had a fantastic time, not only the design of the house is impeccable (and everything seems new), but with all the kids cutlery, bedroom, toys available (not forgetting the trampoline!) it's the most family-friendly place I've ever been into - and we've tried a lot. We will definitely come back as it is so easy to come from London (1h30 drive from notting hill), and within 5 minutes drive you have so many things to do: upton house, national herb center, really nice walks, pubs etc. You have logs in the fire pit ready for you, you have all you need to cook, you have fabulous cooking books, a pool, a great garden.... this will become our go-to place!
Meghan G.
Visited in March 2019
Our family had the most wonderful stay at the Vicarage..... Anna has carefully and meticulously curated a countryside haven, complete with everything needed for kiddies and adults alike. This property is magical and you should book without an ounce of hesitation.Truly Top Notch! We hope to return very soon! xoxo. MKG
Panagiotis V.
Visited in January 2019
We had a fantastic time at Anna's house. The house is spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. We were two families and had plenty of space for everyone plus the kids spent hours in the huge garden. The location is great as well to explore the Cotswolds but the house, garden and the pub 2 mins away are so nice you could easily spend a weekend without going further. Overall we really enjoyed our stay and will certainly be returning.
Hannah W.
Visited in October 2018
We were looking for a sanctuary for a few days that would suit an age range from 5 - 70 years - and not one of us was disappointed! From the warm welcome that we received from Anna which included lovely, fresh flowers in every bedroom, stacks of wood for the fires which had been laid in readiness for our stay, and bowls of fruit including apples from the garden orchard, to the thoughtful touches of bathroom toiletries, toys for the children and ideas for local activities and experiences - everything had been carefully chosen with real thought for the guests and impeccable taste. The children were in heaven building dens, jumping on the trampoline and toasting marshmallows in the firepit. The adults were able to have a real break - all of the bedrooms were perfectly appointed and the sitting room was so cosy and inviting - a perfect place to relax and unwind, whilst the children safely burned off energy in the large garden and woodlands outside. There is so much to do on the doorstep: walks to warm local pubs, a National Trust house and gardens within walking distance, historic battlefields, an impressive farmshop, not to mention the Cotswolds and all that it has to offer. This is a really special place. We didn't want to leave!