Patio area with furniture
Relax by the cosy woodburner
Time for tea!
Open plan living
Kitchen area
Lounge area
Warm up by the fire
Lounge area
Open plan living
Dining area
Bedroom with zip-and-link beds
Zip-and-link bedroom
Shower room
View towards the property
Road View Of Property
Ample Parking for Guests
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Banbury, Cotswolds
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Located in Upper Brailes in the Cherwell Valley close to two real ale pubs
  • Restored former blacksmiths, a tasteful mix of original features and contemporary style
  • At least ten country walks to try from the village
  • Perfect for romantic breaks and couples’ retreats
  • French bakery and award winning butcher's shop close by to the cottage
  • Wood burner with starter supply of fuel for chillier nights
Property code: CC006

An idyllic, hideaway for couples found at the edge of Upper Brailes within walking distance of some fine amenities including a French bakery.

This holiday property is very cosy and comfortable. A former blacksmith’s, it is now a lovely detached cottage at the centre of Brailles village. Upper Brailes is a characterful village with some fabulous walks originating from it. Visit the village website and consult Jim’s Walks which details up to ten different circular walks – most of these walks are dog friendly. Further afield, visit Banbury and Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Oxford for shopping and sightseeing, and the RSC theatre is also within reasonable driving distance. The ancient market town of Shipston-on-Stour is great for antique shops, local pubs and eateries.

On arrival at the holiday property you will find a spacious entrance hall. The lounge/kitchen/diner design embraces open-plan living. The lounge area has a comfortable seating, a TV/DVD, and a wood burner to keep the room warm and cosy in the evenings. The kitchen area comes equipped with a combination oven and grill, tow electric hobs, a microwave, a fridge/freezer (inside a cupboard in the entrance hall), a small freezer box and a utility room. Use of a washing machine can be arranged. The bedroom contains a king-size zip-and-link bed (which can be made up as twin singles on request). There is an en-suite shower room with WC for convenience too.

Outside is a south-facing courtyard that can be an effective sun-trap, and is also ideal for that evening glass or two of wine, creating a great space for you to relax in the comfort of your own holiday home. There’s ample parking too. Please note due to the location of this property a car is essential.


  • 1 bedroom – 1 king-size zip-and-link (which can be made up as a twin)
  • 1 en-suite shower room with WC
  • Lovely village location in the Cotswolds
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open fire with a starter supply of logs provided
  • Heating and electricity included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Due to the location of this property a car is essential
  • Regret no pets

This property joined our collection in 2017 and is managed by Sue.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 13 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Jean, 19th May 2018

Lovely cosy cottage. Had a lovely week there. Barbara very welcoming and friendly

Reviewed by Leona, 2nd May 2018

Fantastic location. Mrs Hart was very friendly and easy to contact to confirm key code etc. The cottage was very clean and well stocked with glasses/crockery etc. Nice quiet town within easy driving distance to the local town Shipston-on-Stour . Lovely stay in the Cotswold!

Reviewed by Nurgul, 28th April 2018

Really enjoyed our stay and was welcomed with a small note, biscuits and flowers. Barbara (landlady) was really helpful providing enough information on the board in the cottage. The cottage was well equiped (Yes! There were wine cups) and even had milk/coffee/tea/sugar etc ready for our arrival. The woodburner was absolutely fantastic - so so romanRead moretic. A 30 mins drive to Bourton which has a model village and Birdland - defo visit places. Hide

Reviewed by B, 21st April 2018

A comfortable cosy cottage - ideal for a couple on a week's break. Probably best to eat out most of the time as cooking facilities are very limited.

Reviewed by Angela, 29th October 2017

As above

Reviewed by Philip, 9th September 2017

A lovely convertion ideal for 2 people. If you like walking it's ideal with local routes way marked, so you can mix and match the walks from the local map that was provided. 2 local pubs within a mile both serving food.

Reviewed by Derek, 2nd September 2017

We had a very warm welcome and arrangement made for delivery of our Telegraph. A wood burner which was installed would be great in the late autumn and early spring. The location was ideal for the many National Trust properties in easy driving distance.

Reviewed by Charles William, 26th August 2017

very delightful and well equipped converted smithy. Very comfortable and easy access. Wonderful scenery all around.

Reviewed by Marion, 19th August 2017

The cottage was lovely it had everything we needed. Barbara our host was very helpful and polite ,we would definitely go there again.

Reviewed by Anthony, 22nd July 2017

We visited Barnforge as our last holiday as a couple before we have our first child. I was slightly concerned before we arrived that everything would be okay due to my partner being so heavily pregnant. When we turned up I was really happy to find a lovely, clean and comfortable cottage. The bed is huge and comfy and we slept brilliantly every nighRead moret. We would definitely consider staying here again if we have a trip to the Cotswolds in future. Hide

Reviewed by Rachel, 15th July 2017

The cottage was lovely. Ideal for the two of us and our Springer Spaniel. Pleasant village with lots of country walks and local pub. A perfect central location.

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Patio area with furniture
Relax by the cosy woodburner
Time for tea!
Open plan living
Kitchen area
Lounge area
Warm up by the fire
Lounge area
Open plan living
Dining area
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